It’s a short one today, but I promise something more involved for next week (and earlier too, so Jerry doesn’t have blurry eyes posting it in the middle of the night…)
It’s 2 in the morning here as I write this, at the last minute before attempting to get the rest of the things ready for a trip to LA tomorrow morning. The week is a bit of a blur, but lots of things are moving in good directions. I managed to get most of the Cubby Bears out the door with the bonus discs, but not all, and am hoping to get the rest packed on Sunday (on the red eye) when I return here to Michigan. It’s funny how the end of summer has been both about wrapping things up and starting new things here.
One of the things I’ll be doing while out is looking through the Comi-Color Iwerks cartoons say UCLA Archives. Most of the successive exposure negs (original camera materials) are gone on these, but many have the 35mm color separation materials. They were made in 2-color Cinecolor, so there’s only a red and a Blue neg, both on separate reels. Some titles don’t have any of the camera materials, but rather a series of original Cinecolor prints that were used as the masters, and safety negs made from those. Often there are multiple original Cinecolor prints of these, so the evaluation is in what to pull to scan- and hopefully avoiding the yellow ‘print through’ that happened to some of the prints from the silver frame line (printed with the soundtrack in black and white) affecting the dyes. I’m super exited to get a chance to look at what is there.
On other notes, even though it’s not animated, the Abbott and Costello set is available for pre-order on the Thunderbean website.
I’ll be showing some little things from the set next week here and talking a little more about the project. The set is nearly in final mastering at this point, about to be looked at by all the collaborators. It’s fun of interesting and really rare materials. The highlight for me is a rare Colgate Comedy Hour from 1953, shot when Lou was sick, so he doesn’t host, but Bud is Joined by Martin and Lewis. Lou does appear in the show though via pre-filmed sequences from a show they did in England… and it’s great stuff. There’s a bonus disc with the pre-order as well.
Since Abbott and Costello are on the mind here, I asked Thad Komorowski if it would be ok to share a transfer I did a year back from one of his rare 16mm prints- Tale of Two Mice (1945) with it’s original titles – one of the Blue Ribbon releases that are missing their original titles, cut from the neg.
I like the Abbott and Costello caricatures here a lot, and like them as cats as well in the earlier Clampett-directed A Tale of Two Kitties (1942). Frank Tashlin directs, although as what seems to have been a usual practice, his name is left off the film since he had left the studio during production. Watching it again tonight was fun. I’m pretty fond of McKimson’s The Mouse-Merized Cat, also with Babbitt and Catstello. It’s worth a look for it’s sheer bizarreness. Back to back they’re a nice little two-reeler.
Have a good week everyone!