A short one today, although lots of things happening. These are pretty long days over at the school, so I’m going to try and get in the habit of writing earlier in the week so it isn’t such a late night to get this post together!
In Thunderbean news: progress continues on various things. We hope to have everything done sent in the next few days. The rest of the Mid-Century Moderns are going out, including the special bonus disc. Grotesqueries nears completion in assets but no master yet. Cartoon Paradise mastered and joins Award Winners and the Snappy Video Party disc in dubbing. We’re still catching our breath as things catch up. Thanks for everyone’s patience!
Flip The Frog continues to be priority as things get closer to being all cleaned up. The set is looking so nice, but once of the new arrivals, The New Car has to be redone from something other than the master positive- it has a giant scratch on the edge all the way through the film! There are other materials on the short—but this master positive looked cleanest—I guess it really wasn’t!
Suddenly It’s Spring (1944) was one of the Noveltoons that I had never seen when I was young. I did catch the last moments of the cartoon once running on WGPR, channel 62 in Detroit, when it was followed by a showing of Gulliver’s Travels and wondered for years what it was. The two Famous Studios Raggedy Ann cartoons were especially hard to see in copies with decent color for many years. Thanks to a lucky Ebay find, I managed to obtain an NTA negative on this one, and borrowed a beautiful 35mm IB Technicolor print on The Enchanted Square (1948).
In talking with other collectors and animation fans, I was always surprised at the divide in opinion on both of the Raggedy Ann shorts that Famous did. It seems that people either love them or hate them. I can understand why some think of both of these shorts as sentimental and sappy, but I enjoy both of them.
This particular short is one of the most ambitious of the Famous Studios cartoons in layout and overall design. Judging by its length and the quality of the background and camera work, I would guess this film had a much bigger budget than most of the other shorts during this period. Perhaps the budget on Enchanted Square was originally higher when it was first in production as well.
What do you think of this short—and what are your favorite (or least favorite) cartoons that try to pull your heart strings?
I like the working together theme of this short; I think the story works well with the character, although there is the unfortunate Stepin Fetchet (Lincoln Perry) stereotype. I also think Raggedy Ann semi-flirting with Mr. Zero is a little strange.
Here is one of the more common NTA print that was around for years, with the expected reddish color:
Here is the print from an NTA TV negative that I was lucky enough to win on Ebay. At one point the negative belonged to Something Weird video, who got it from a defunct lab. This is in standard def here, with a recreated title card. The HD version will appear on the new Noveltoons Blu-ray.
Captain Bijou (aka Earl Blair) has uploaded the version we did for the Noveltoons DVD:
Have a good week everyone!