School has started on good notes overall here— and it’s been really great to work with students again. I’ve been over at Thunderbean to get basics done this week, but that’s about it. Nights have been filled with getting things put together, and I’m smiling the whole time enjoying the progress. Scans continue weekly and I’m really digging so many projects moving forward at the same time.
We’ll be sending seven sets together that folks pre-ordered in the coming few weeks, and I think we’ll be able to get Rainbow Parades and More Stop Motion Marvels replicated sometime in September if we can mange to swing the costs. There are an additional nine sets that we’re slated to finish this year — mostly ‘special’ sets. Thunderbean will also be launching a web site in the coming weeks, and it will include a page that shows the current status of each of the projects. David Grauman, a long-time Thunderbeaner, has taken the reigns of the website and store there, and I couldn’t be happier (!). It’s an exciting time.
One of the sets that is just getting finished is “On Hold” – a compilation featuring things from a bunch of projects that are, well, still on-hold or not finished for one reason or another. I really like all the projects, but thought it would be good to allow at least some of these things to be available before the actual sets are completed since they’ve all found various ‘snags’. Thanks to all that helped with the pre-order on this one. I hope to start dubbing the set before weeks end, and debating on having it available on Amazon for a little while for those that missed it.
For you Linus the Lionhearted fans this week — or, hopefully, some new fans too— here’s a mini-treat: a complete broadcast a network episode with commercials.
I’m a relatively newcomer to Linus, having seen many of them for the first time just a handful of years ago. They have a strange history, being made for General Foods by Ed Graham Jr. productions. The original negatives remain missing, although there are many prints of the shows in the hands of collectors as well as some negs. It’s possible I discovered where the negs are this past week.
Mark Kausler wrote an excellent article on ‘Linus’. If you haven’t read it, it is essential reading on the show- and I think one of the best posts ever on Cartoon Research. Make sure to read the comments as well.
I put this film up yesterday (knowing today would be really busy), and in that time there’s been informative comments by our own Devon Baxter and Barry Grauman. Grauman notes: “1967 Sunday morning repeat, as “Sugar Crisp” became “SUPER Sugar Crisp” that summer.”
The ‘On Hold’ set has two complete Linus the Lionhearted shows on it, both from ABC broadcast negatives. I have nine of those negatives here and just learned about a handful more in the hands of another friend. On examining the negs (and edge codes) it appears that they are the black and white ABC negatives that have been updated with newer commercials.
I chose this particular episode from the ones we have because it includes ‘Shadow Theif’, one of Mark’s favorites for good reason. It’s a funny story with really fun animation and voice performances. One of my favorites as well now.
Although these episodes are in black and white, it’s fun to see how these were broadcast, even in the second iteration Sunday morning versions shown on ABC. I wonder how many parents chuckled along with the humor on the show at the time. While I wish these were in color, scanning them at least provides a good base for what will hopefully be a set at some point in the future. So many projects….
Now, imagine tuning into ABC to see this show, hopefully with a de-lish-ious bowl of some sugary cereal from Post, of course:
Have a good week all!