I last wrote about Terrytoons in CinemaScope over two years ago (here’s the link to my previous post on 5/28/14), so I thought it was about time I do another post on them for this site!
These cartoons are very hard to find in their original aspect ratio, as they were panned-and-scanned for later television airings. Once I started collecting 16mm films, I took it upon myself to find as many ‘Scope prints as possible, as this is the only way to view these cartoons the proper way.
Years back, I had Tom Stathes transfer a lot of these to digital for me. Here are a few more that I didn’t get around posting last time.
Sick Sick Sidney (1958)
The first of the Sidney cartoons, and one of the best. Sidney finds himself going into hiding when he finds out that the Safari expedition has arrived, only to be offended when he is informed that they don’t want elephants. I love the walk cycle of the Safari team, as well as the animation of Sidney going “SAFARI!?”, courtesy of Jim Tyer.
The pre-credits scene and the opening theme song is often cut out in television airings.
It’s a Living (1957)
I’m cheating with this one because this transfer is not from my collection (and I didn’t even upload it), but it’s still in ‘Scope, and it’s a great cartoon, so I’m featuring it. This is the only time Gene Deitch utilized a “classic” era Terrytoons character, poking fun at the old Dinky Duck cartoons as well as the world of advertising in the era, something Deitch had first-hand experience over.
This was directed by Win Hoskins, his only known credit for Terrytoons.
Springtime for Clobber (1958)
An early entry in the Clint Clobber series. This is the first ‘Scope cartoon I purchased on film, and in spite of the opening credits spliced off I still consider it one of my best purchases. Clint Clobber falls in love with a new tenant, who turns out to be a crook on a hideout.
I later got to watch this cartoon on the big screen in 2010, when Gene Deitch made an appearance at a CineFamily tribute (hosted by Jerry Beck) in Los Angeles. Mark Kausler loaned the theater his 35mm print (he also loaned a 35mm ‘scope Flebus). That experience made me realize these cartoons are best presented in a theater big screen. The original title had Clint Clobber singing “It Must Be Love”, which he also sings near the end of the cartoon.
Clobber’s Ballet Ache (1959)
Another Clint Clobber cartoon to round up the post, this is another early ‘Scope purchase, and the print was in an almost “new” condition, making me think that this was hardly projected. In it, Clobber tries to accomidate his new tenant, a boxer, only to be intefered by a ballet dancer.
Unusually, Clobber was given a flesh-colored skin in this cartoon (in others, he was usually painted solid white).
That’s all I have for this post. Hopefully I’ll gain more ‘Scope cartoons to do another post on in the future!