Here’s a subject I’d love to have your feedback on — obscure finds on the internet!
But first — some Thunderbean news!
The Tom and Jerry Blu-ray set has been going out, and I’m getting the first feedback from it. It’s so nice to talk about a set being actually done!
We’re working hard on getting Mid Century Modern 3 in the can right now. Here’s some stills from the set. I’ve really loved gathering films for the set over the last six years or so, especially more obscure things. I’m always astonished finding so many things I had never seen before.‘‘‘ We’ll be sending it out to replication this month.
We’re also hoping to get the Rainbow Parade, Volume 2 set in replication by the end of February or early March.
We have another few special sets available for a limited time at the Thunderbean Shop. Thanks to everyone for supporting these sets over the years.
And – onto this week’s subject!
The internet is amazing is so many ways, especially in the power of individuals to both help locate as well as find things you never thought you’d see. Finding a community (like the one here at Cartoon Research) of animation fans, historians and collectors is also pretty incredible as well, and has allowed information to flow freely between people around the world; we’re at a point where it would be hard to imagine life without it.
In working on the Thunderbean Blu-ray sets, it’s really helped in unearthing more things then I ever thought possible. Nearly every film I scan has an internet component to the workflow; sometimes in acquiring but more often in arranging and working out various deals. Even though there are specific things I’m happy to find though my friends and established connections, it’s especially fun when something shows up nearly out of the clear blue.
I thought it would be fun to highlight a few of my favorite things that have shown up on the internet in the last 10 years or so, and better to hear some of *yours*. If you’ve been following these Thursday posts you know I seem to love the especially bizarre things that show up. This is partially Jerry Beck’s fault for writing that article in Film Collector’s World in 1981 about obscure cartoon titles.
So, here’s some of my favorite finds. Now, you have to promise to post some of yours:
The Lone Ranger Cartoon (mid 30s)
Sometimes the things that have shown up I’d heard of but never had the chance to actually see. Happily, the little oddity Lone Ranger cartoon was posted. This is the particular kind of obscure animation I love- even though it’s often not great in execution. There’s something really fun about small attempts that didn’t go further.Produced by Roy Meredith. My guess is that it’s the same people that made the ‘Little Orphan Annie’ silent short, also distributed to home movies by Pathe Gram. Wonderfully strange.
Youtube Lists that Curate Drive-In Ads!
There are so many amazing drive-in reels on youtube that it’s pretty hard to pick through. This particular list has been especially fun – and has a lot of Toddy Drink ads I’ve never seen before. The Chilly Dilly ad at the beginning almost looks like a spoof!
Ugokie Kori No Tatehiki (1931)
Here’s an early Japanese animated short, clearly inspired by New York animation especially in the early 30s.
Animated by Ikuo Oishi.
The ‘Lost Media’ Wiki: Category: Animation
When I get especially despondent about not being able to find a particular thing, I just go to the ‘Lost Media’ Wiki and look at the “lost Animation” category to see all the things that aren’t— and probably never will be — *REALLY* lost. When you see 2 Stupid Dogs bumpers listed as being lost you really know where you are in the internet world.
I always think it’s funny that there’s very little about really lost animation here. There isn’t a mention of Toby the Pup cartoons being lost (or are they?). A fun distraction for a few minutes once in a while anyway— so in that way it’s one of my favorite things dealing with lost cartoons.
Tip Tops in Peppy Land (early 30s)
A short by Jam Handy for the Bureau of Milk Publicity, New York. Films promoting Milk have always been sort of fascinating to me, especially this one and “Out of a Milk Bottle” here:
Craig Davison put up a version of the film with a track. This print is from the Rick Prelinger collection, right from Jam Handy’s saved archives.
Ok — so now it’s *your* turn! What have you found that’s obscure and especially cool?
Have a good week everyone!