After a trip to New York directly followed by a trip to Los Angeles, I’m a little tired. Actually, a lot tired. I’m hoping to get a little more rest in the coming days, but I was able to sit down a little and take a look at some of the various scans over these past weeks.
I’m really looking forward to having enough time to finish a bunch of the things that are on deck at the moment between everything else. Life and work have a way of making it hard to get the things you want to do actually done, but if I can hide long enough I can whittle away at one thing at a time. There’s hours and hours of stuff scanned for both special sets and official ones, and my hope is to have a Sunday morning (or any morning for that matter) to just sort things, sticking each project on its own drive, neatly finishing some of the special discs and separating all of assets for the ‘official’ sets. Maybe it will be today.
The path to finishing most of the Thunderbean things on deck right now is pretty clear; with Flip getting done, we’re honestly though most of the ‘hard’ projects and onto the ones that are a little easier, at least all things considered. While there are still a lot of things on the plate, by the and of the year there will be a lot less, with most of the special discs being finished and many others in really good shape.
Many of the major companies are releasing a lot less of their classic catalogs on Blu-ray in more recent years. Seeing any new release is a great thing these days. It’s also a good sign that many of the companies are willing to license things from their animation libraries to smaller companies. Let’s hope Thunderbean is among them!
Thunderbean has been so incredibly lucky to do the things we’ve been able to do so far. While each of these periods has its challenges, I can honestly say the path forward is exciting for me, with many of the ‘Holy Grails’ actually happening. Just knowing what we *might* be able to do makes me excited to get the stuff finished now so the new stuff happens faster. As Jerry always says, ‘Stay Tuned’.. without the pun!
I really am amazed at how many people are scanning films these days- and more amazed at how many people are posting the things they’re doing with everything from shooting off a screen to professional scanners to do it yourself scanners printed with 3d printers. I’ve been making a collection for a while of these types of things, so I thought I’d share favorites this week. Some of these are people just watching prints, but others feature people doing their own scans. Technology!
The Cinemassacre folks are fun to watch. I found an older video (2009) of James Rolfe and Mike Matei watching 16mm cartoon prints. I think that might be my old print of Barber of Seville they’re watching too!
I think I might have mentioned Todd Tuckey last week. Here he is introducing a print he had for sale on eBay. I’m pretty sure I ended up being the one that bought this, but I didn’t see his YouTube for it until today!
Todd posted a later Little Audrey too. Wish I had won this old IB tech print!
You can really see how Disney Educational Media was stretching this in their later years from this film. Here’s someone projecting ‘Disney’s Animated Alphabet’ from 1988! I wonder if this was edited in video and imaged back to film…
Here is someone watching a Speedy Gonzales cartoon after fixing a projector. What better way to check!
Here’s Columbia’s Professor Small and Mr. Tall from Todd again. This is one I wish I had in 16mm:
And, speaking of Columbia, here’s one I’ve never seen before – have you seen this one? Snap Happy Traps (1946)
Here’s the 1969 release of ‘Fantasia’ scanned from a 35mm print:
And the trailer for Raggedy Ann and Andy – this one looks like it’s off a movie screen:
Here’s an ad for Mickey’s Birthday Party, done on a home-made scanner:
Finally, here’s a German trailer for ‘The Theif and the Cobbler’
Now, it’s *your* turn! What scans or people watching have you seen and liked on youtube?
Have a great week all!