First, on the Thunderbean Newsfront:
All the copies of the ‘Thunderbean Thursday’ Set are out the door… so if you ordered it, it will be to you soon! Thanks to all!
The new Blu-ray “Private Snafu” is scheduled to arrive early next week- so we’ll be sending the pre-orders first. As progress continues on “Flip the Frog’ we’ll be posting pictures, as well as other projects, including a little secret one that may even be available next week if we can finish the transfers and dub some copies….
I’m very happy to be through the last few projects and slow down for a moment, though others are still going and threatening to ramp up. A few things I really hoped to work on and finish this year have been pushed back until early next year- but are happily still happening…more news soon.
CARTOON FESTIVAL AT THE REDFORD!
For this weekend, if you’re near Detroit, I’m hosting the annual Cartoon Festival at the Redford Theatre in Redford, Michigan, along with programmer and film archeologist John Monahan. We’ll be presenting an all 35mm show, featuring almost all IB Technicolor prints! I’ll also have a small setup in the front, selling DVDs & Blu-rays, and maybe even showing some clips from work-in-progress sets. A highlight for me is the Paramount Popeye We’re On Our Way to Rio (1944) one of my favorite cartoons of all time, in a spliceless, beautiful IB Technicolor print. The show is at 2PM and 8PM on Saturday, November 14th.
Here’s the lineup for the show:
Symphony in Slang- Tex Avery- MGM
Slingshot 6 7/8- Woody Woodpecker- Universal
Mr. Moocher- Fox and Crow-Columbia
Puppet Love- Popeye- Paramount
Rabbit Every Monday- Bugs Bunny- Warner Brothers
The First Bad Man- Text Avery- MGM
Let’s all go to the Lobby (original IB Technicolor print too!)
Magoo Goes West-UPA
The Way of All Pests- Columbia
The Birth of a Notion- Warner Brothers
We’re on Our Way to Rio- Popeye- Paramount
Feed the Kitty-Warner Brothers
More information can be found here.
Since the ‘Snafu’ set will be out next week, I thought it would be nice to show this bonus feature included on the Blu-ray. These clips are unedited footage shot by the First Motion Picture unit, likely intended to be used for a newsreel or other production. The animated shorts included in the ‘Army Navy Screen Magazine’ were scripted and storyboarded at FMPU, then went into production at Warner Brothers, MGM and UPA. We were happy these clips showed up, and are very happy to have them be part of the Blu-ray. We’ve added some music from Snafu soundtracks to this silent footage. Can anyone identify any of the people in these clips?
This other clip is from a completed production titled ‘First Motion Picture Unit- Army Air Forces’. It’s a film made by FMPU *about* FMPU, showing the creation of animation (and likely the clip included was directed by Frank Thomas). I wonder if the Snafu footage was originally meant to be part of this production or for the Screen Magazine. It’s included in HD on the bonus disc with the set. It’s also on the DVD ‘More Cartooons for Victory’.
Have a good week everyone!