First, the usual weekly Thunderbean news:
It’s a slow week here progress-wise on the Thunderbean front for various reasons, but we’re still attempting to wrap up lots of loose ends, do some new film scans and send lots of things back. The Little King set continues progress, some screen songs arrived here for scanning, and more Flip the Frog’s are on their way here for scanning along with other films. In addition, I’m helping work on several other blu-ray projects with friends and associates.
We’ve been working on the sequel to the out of print DVD Stop Motion Marvels, featuring a whole series of rare shorts. Stills coming soon! This special set is available for pre-order this week on the forums at the Animation Internet Database (IAD forum). At some point, we’ll reissue the original Stop Motion Marvels, likely on blu-ray as well. Information is here.
Since it’s been a stop motion sort of week here, I thought I’d pull out a few things from the first Stop Motion Marvels disc. It was a fun project to put together, and I’m happy to report that we now have located nearly *all* the Kinex films shorts that were produced.
One of my favorite oddities is this little film made by artist/ animator Virginia May called George Washington modeled in Clay. It appears to have been produced in 1927. May’s career is fairly undocumented; it would be interesting to learn much more about this artist. Does anyone have information on other films she produced or other work she made in her career?
A member of Asifa-Central was interested in writing more about this artist years back, but I haven’t been able to find out if additional research was done. This film features beautifully done recreations of famous paintings featuring George Washington, either made or destroyed frame by frame befog your very eyes! This particular little film was likely created for home movie/non-theatrical rental market, but I’ve never seen another print around on this title. Special thanks to Chris Buchman for the lend:
One of the other especially bizarre pieces was a film produced in 1925 by “Cinema Novelty Productions”. It appears to be a predecessor to the later ‘Kinex’ Shorts produced for Kodak’s Cinegraph series in Santa Monica from 1928 through 1930. Both Frank Webb and John Burton worked at Kinex later on, playing major roles in the tiny stop motion studio. Burton also created the later sound stop motion shorts Pepper the Pup (1931), Horse Laffs (1934) and Hector the Pup (1935) before trading his stop motion ambitions in for a management role at Warner Brothers. As with the later ‘Kinex films’ shorts, this film also appears to have been produced specifically for the home movie market.