It’s Wednesday night, late, as it often is when I get around to writing here. I’m looking at bunch of reels I’ve been assembling for scanning. It’s an exciting time in that there’s a bunch of things I’ve wanted to scan for a while that are on these reels now, and others are waiting to be put on the 1600’ and 2000’ reels. As soon as the truck is back on the road, driving nine hours to do two full days of scanning. It will be the most film I’ve scanned in a two-day period, ever. I wish the trip was more glamorous, but hopefully doesn’t include any deers beyond what is on the films! There are something like 9 projects we’re scanning films for right now, and many of those will have all the scanning in the can when the trip is over.
Flip the Frog took some giant hops this week toward the finish line. The plucky Thunderbean staff is hammering away on cleanup, doing a really good job making sure the films are looking their best. Vikki Tubie, a CCS alum (just graduated) started at the studio this week, working on finishing touches on some of the Flip the Frogs. At the same time, our own Devon Baxter has been finishing Jailbirds, while Becca Smith has been sprucing up Laughing Gas (and I hear it’s almost done). I don’t think three have been in progress at the same time before from the series, but they’re all looking fantastic. We’re going through all the finished ones and fixing any little things that are bugging us. I hope to have all the materials we have here spiffed and ready by the end of next week, then waiting on the last few scans to get cleaned up and we’re done with the films. The films on disc 2 are almost done, while disc one is still waiting for a few key things.
Since we’re getting so many things for the sets scanned right now and moving forward nicely, we’ve put some of the special sets (and a few official ones) up for pre-order at the Thunderbean shop, and will be taking many off the sale list as things move forward. Thanks to everyone for your patience and for supporting these sets – they’ve made it possible to get more things done and keep this little company producing.
I pulled back the master on Rainbow Parades (it would have replicated this week) to add a dedication to Bob Koester at the beginning. It was almost too late to do so, but we made it. I think he’d like that. I hope that he’s skinny dipping somewhere in the clouds. This set will be sent early this next month.
Getting two of the longest in progress projects out the door is gratifying-and as that happens I can stop talking about them all the time! There’s quite a few Van Beuren Aesop’s Fables and Tom and Jerrys in this next batch as well and it’s really fun to see them in HD as they get scanned. Honestly, all this stuff is fun. I can’t wait to dive into some of the announced and a few of the unannounced sets. Then, maybe even back to Felix the Cat after a long hiatus. That little black cat is full of tricks.
The IB Technicolor Garage Scan set (one of the ‘Unofficial’ sets) was a lot of fun to put together. In looking at the final set, I really didn’t make the colors as vibrant as I would like, so I’m revising the set along with ’Top Shelf Scans’ if you ordered it, expect a replacement sometime soon with even brighter colors.
One of the films on the set I’ve had a print of for many years, but had never seen (or heard it) in 35mm before. It’s funny how much a good print makes a difference sometimes.
The Seapreme Court (1954) is a pretty typical entry in the Little Audrey series, but still displays the Famous Studio’s decent budget and quality. The direction and timing is really solid on this film, and there’s some beautiful animation throughout. The coolest thing about seeing a 35mm Technicolor print of these films is all the detail and brightness of the soundtrack. And while a majority of the gags are pretty corny, it’s still a pretty little film with nice production values, and enjoyable, even with a few splices.
Enjoy the cartoon and have a good week all!