I’ve wanted to do a post on a bunch of small random things for a while, so this starting-to-be spring Thursday seemed like a good day for some Spring cleaning,
It was nice catching up with so many old friends at Cinefest; it’s sad that this was the last year of the annual event. Over the last handful of years, I was lucky enough to find some great 16mm films and other things at the show. This year, I managed to find a 16mm print of Doomsday for Pests produced in 1946 by Jerry Fairbanks productions for Sherwin Williams. It’s a 15 minute or so promotional film for the product ‘Pest Roy’ with animation at the beginning and end. I wonder if this was a form of DDT. This copy looks to be a Kodachrome print in good shape, though as you can see by the can. someone was using this film as a test film likely to test out a projector! I’ll post pics when this copy is transferred. This may help finish off the next volume of ‘Cultoons’.. it’s one I had hoped to find for many years. In the meantime, It’s online for your viewing pleasure here:
It’s always funny to think about how many bugs cartoons there are in the 1930s. They all but vanish in the 40s- maybe we stopped thinking about bugs as much because of products like Pestroy. It seems like Van Beuren made more bug cartoons than anyone, honestly, with only a few being a lot of fun. Speaking of bugs, perhaps if Mr. Bug Goes to Town was around a few years earlier it would have been more popular… then again, let’s not speculate any more on THAT.
Here’s some scans of the Mr. Bug Goes to Town game, with especially bizarre artwork. Hoppity looks absolutely thrilled to be trapped in that letter in his odd position. I wonder if the people that did the art for the game actually ever saw the movie. I think the company kept producing this game in the 50s, but it was unlikely a tie-in for the reissue of the film since the reissue was titled ‘Hoppity Goes to Town‘.
Here’s another oddity that showed up on Ebay UK. It’s an Italian home movie film, titled Mickey’s Folies– pretty close to the name of a ‘real’ Mickey cartoon. It’s clearly a recolored Foxy Harman-Ising Warner Brothers cartoon, courtesy of Fred Ladd. Funny enough, this is a Black and White silent print of it.
Besides all this stuff, a cartoon for the week is needed. I’m cheating this time by showing someone’s upload of The Little Pest (1931). I sadly missed bidding on a print of this recently – it’s been on my want list for more than 30 years! This is another cartoon where Scrappy almost kills his little brother. As anyone that reads this knows, I’ve got a thing for Scrappy. What do you folks think of this one? Do you have a favorite of this series?
Less rambling next week and more about scans of rare negatives! Have a good week everyone!