As the non-school part of summer heads toward a wrap up, there’s lots of things wrapping up here as well- and things that are starting starting to head towards getting finished.
First, in Thunderbean news:
Flip the Frog is through replication with finished discs! JB Kaufman and Dave Gerstein are putting the finishing touches into the booklet, and we’re getting ready to do lots of dubbing on the bonus disc with Flip as well as all the special discs that are completed right now.
The Van Beuren Tom and Jerry set is all done *except* for an upgrade on one film (Polar Pals, from a new 35mm nitrate scan). When that’s back it will be spiffed up quickly and its off to replication. The package is nearly completed, featuring our musical heroes, by Milton Knight, who created the cover for the DVD version a little while back.
While things are still a little busy working on several non-Thunderbean projects and school stuff, I’ve been happy to start preparing materials for finishing the Rainbow Parade, volume 2 set. Scanning continues on the master elements at UCLA. There are 35mm elements on all, but exist as just Technicolor prints. There are individual color record elements, but they’e not complete — a red record/negative on one, cyan on others, but never a full set! It’s frustrating because you’d hope at least *one* of the 13 would survive in all elements. I’m hoping to get out and take a look at that material before too long and supervise some of the scanning if possible. Many scans are already done, and I’m enjoying finally making this the major Thunderbean project, along with the Lou Bunin material.
As I’m looking through the materials we’re using for bonus features, I looked through the model sheets we’ve been lucky enough to acquire. A majority of these I won from Ebay auctions some years back, and some were lent for the project by Ted Watts.
Today’s model sheet posting is a follow up to a previous column I posted in 2021.
You can see that many of them were Al Stahl’s, who had started doing in-betweening on the series in 1935. I believe it was his first studio experience. I wish there was a record of who drew the model sheets for the series; These mostly inked drawings give us some indication of how the overall designs translated into the final animation. I especially like the Toonerville Trolley drawings and models here.
Several of these model sheets are for a never-produced Felix the cat short. Waldo, who is clearly the bad guy, appears as both a Rooster (dated March 20th) and a Cat (dated march 27th) in different models. There is more information on this short, and I always hoped pencil tests might show up on something from this period, but alas, none have ever materialized. I find these drawing particularly appealing.
Cartoons represented here include Cupid Gets His Man, Molly Moo Cow and the Indians, Bold King Cole, A Waif’s Welcome, It’s a Greek Life, Toonerville Picnic, Toonerville Trolly, Molly Moo Cow and Robinson Crusoe, Molly MooCow and Rip Van Winkle and Neptune Nonsense.
Have a good week all!
Molly Moo Cow and the Indians
Molly Moo Cow and the Butterflies
Molly Moo Cow and Rip Van Winkle
Toonerville Trolley and Trolley Ahoy
Molly Moo Cow and Robinson Crusoe
Bold King Cole
A Waif’s Welcome
Cupid Gets His Man
It’s a Greek Life
Felix, Kitty and Waldo (Unfinished)