Happy Thursday all!
It’s just after midnight as I write this, having wrapped up senior reviews tonight and just finally getting home. I was greeted by some uploads from scans that happened today, and was excited all day to see what they looked like! Since it’s late already here, this post will be a bit shorter one than usual… but I think it makes up for it in cool stuff!
Some brief other Thunderbean news:
Since Fleischer Rarities isn’t yet back from replication, I’ll skip talking about it for now, and, instead concentrating on some fun images and soundtracks you probably haven’t seen or heard before!!
This Friday brings four other of the ‘special’ sets to completion in transfers. Late, but getting done! To help with the scanning costs (and because the Telecine may not be here in Detroit much longer) we’re doing yet another special Blu-ray set. This one is called “Odds and Ends” that features sponsored animated films and other cartoons, all scanned from original 16mm prints, including ‘Pestroy’ by Jerry Fairbanks productions and ‘PM Picnic’ and John Sutherland’s Why Play Leapfrog in HD! It’s pretty unlikely we’ll release most of this stuff on any of the ‘final’ sets, but it’s good that they’re getting transferred. Details are HERE.
The new scans are coming out terrific. More Flip The Frog’s are getting done (getting every close to wrapping up many parts of this set now). Here’s a few stills:
The hardest thing about the scanning process is, honestly, location. If I can have everything back here and supervise a scan, I can always be sure that everything is looking like I’d like it to. When it’s further away, it’s harder, but a good scanner or Telecine person can usually do what I’m looking for. In the case of the Rainbow Parades, most of the material are prints, and I can see how many of them could really use some TLC and a very careful cleaning before a scan. Because of this, I’ll be shipping many of them here to do in 4k. I’m looking forward to each new surprise as I see and hear the original title sequences. Here are a few things to share from the Rainbow Parades and recently started Comi-Color scans.
This is what the Motion Picture Association of America logo looked like on Ub Iwerk’s Comi-Color Cartoons. I haven’t gotten far enough into scanning the Comi-Color project to know how many have this MPAA logo on them, but so far it’s at least four.
I’ve been enjoying watching some of the transfers coming in from a distance on these… and looking forward also to cleaning and scanning some things out here as well. I’ll be doing that for some of the Comi-Colors and most of the Rainbow Parades that we haven’t done yet.
Here’s a few stills from Japanese Lanterns one of my favorites of the series. It was a real treat to see this film this week, with all original titles and in Cinecolor.
Here’s something you haven’t seen or heard: the whole opening titles and music from The Sunshine Makers. For many years, many people thought that this film was originally a sponsored short for Borden’s since all prints of the film had the Borden’s title on them. Since the film was originally released as a Rainbow Parade cartoon, it made sense that somewhere there had to be a print of the film that had its original title. I was happy to find an incomplete print of the film as part of a reel of scrap clips that came from the Commonwealth materials on the Comi-Colors and Rainbow Parades. The great news is that the piece of the Sunshine Makers had the complete original titles and music, including the original production code. Here is the opening from that material, complete with the rest of the usually missing beginning music:
Have a good week everyone!