In Thunderbean News:
It’s good to be back in Michigan — for a minute! I did a bunch of scanning last weekend out in New York, only to turn around and head to the other coast on Thursday. If you’re in Los Angeles tonight and are in a cartoon mood, come out to the Cinelounge Outdoor theatre. I’ll be hosting a show featuring some of the Rainbow Parades as well as lots of other stuff, including some things we haven’t shown anyone yet! We’ll also have some of the new Blu-rays there. If we’re lucky, maybe our own Jerry Beck will make an appearance too.
You can find details about the Cinelounge Outdoors shows here.
Since I’m about to get on a plane in a handful of hours, today’s post has a level of practicality, with an old film fresh off the scanner a few days back. Here’s a print of Summertime (1929). I borrowed this nice old original print from Mark Kaulser, who was kind enough to lend this along with a bunch of other really nice prints. About 30 years back I bought a print of this one from film dealer Todd Tuckey, who had a ton of them together. What I wouldn’t give to go through a box like that these days!
The early sound Aesop’s Fables are fascinating in a way; they’re not yet committed to actually making well-synchronized sound cartoons. They still are, essentially, the same cartoons there were making silent, with the added idea that there would be sound, but not much in the way of effort toward that visually. The scant dialogue in the film is somewhat fun though, and its an enjoyable little film. Both silent and sound versions of these shorts were released. Honestly, this particular film would play fine silent, except perhaps for the ‘How Dry I Am’ theme, getting in the way of poor Farmer Al having a drink on this sweaty day. Carl Edouarde take the lead role in scoring/ synchronization here, and one has to wonder exactly how that was performed in these early films. Sadly, the same year this film was finished, Edouarde was working on a live-action musical short at Pathe when the building caught on fire. He escaped the fire by leaping out a second story window, but sustained several injuries, ending his career in motion pictures entirely. It wasn’t long before Gene Rodemich would take this role, adding a lot more pep than these early sound efforts were able to muster up.
This cartoon will appear on the upcoming Aesop’s Fables Thunderbean set, and its such a dandy print that cleanup should be a breeze as well. Make sure to watch in HD!
Have a good week everyone!