Today: A Terrytoon break for some Red Hot Rhythm!
But first in Thunderbean news, it’s been a good week of catching things up, and some new projects that we hope to announce before too long. The *big* projects are all set for the year at the moment, though it’s a debate to put out one of the others that is close to being finished. We’ve started some transfers for a few others as well. Several projects got the green light in the last week or so, and another was discussed in detail over the phone earlier today.One has been in a long holding pattern that we hope to get back into production soon, another is waiting for paperwork to be found from the licensor (for nearly a year!). With a good amount of Irons in the fire it’s sometimes hard to have enough resources to fan the flames of all of them. We had hoped to get four to six titles out this year, but have to be happy with the three we did complete at the moment. Who knows though – it’s always possible that another will see the light of day- but we need to catch up here first! I think some of you will be pretty excited about some of these… I can’t wait to be able to talk about more of them!
The growing pains continue as does the juggling of everything, but moving forward. We’re very busy over here packing and sending stuff, including the ‘Thunderbean Thursday’ set, finally (we hoped to have it out a week and a
half back or so). The Willie Whopper glasses are getting finished finally as well. By the end of the weekend, we hope to have everything sent to everyone, just in time for Snafu to come back and fill our tiny shipping area. In the meantime, here’s a little Jazz music from your friend and everyones, Kiko the Kangaroo!
Red Hot Rhythm (1937) is a fast paced 30’s Terrytoons, and I think a pretty enjoyable one. I think the Terry staff was especially good at all musical cartoons around this time. The basic plot involves a live performance that’s just a little too hot, causing a fire that fireman Kiko needs to somehow extinguish.
It’s funny that the station broadcasting the music has a giant temporary looking sign that says ‘Station Kiko’. I wonder fi Kiko himself would have noted the irony of putting out a fire at a station named after him. The beginning of the cartoon is almost non-stop music, accompanied by some really nice Connie Rasinski animation.
This was one of the first ‘Kiko’ cartoons I bought as a young film collector.. I must have been 13 or 14… same print too! It was run to death before I got it, and I ran it some more. Since this is a forum full of collectors, what were some of the first films you got, and what format were they in? 8mm? 16mm? VHS? CED disc? Nitrate?
Have a good week everyone!