It’s been a good week here at Thunderbean. We’ve been getting more efficient in terms of how the company runs over this past year, largely through the efforts of Dave, Becky and Becca who have been holding down the ship most of the time at the office while I get things scanned and put together. I ran over on Monday night and Tuesday morning to see a humming machine, with the crew making orders for Amazon as well as getting all the special sets that just got finished dubbed and in packages. As of Thursday, we’ll have out all the copies of Spook-O-Rama, Missing in Action, Mostly Technicolor and Cinemascope and Vintage Education Volume 2 with more on their way to being finalized. My job in this whole operation is to put all the pieces of the sets together and getting them to the finish line. I’m very much enjoying that- especially as some of the longer-term projects wrap up.
With a small, part time, solid team, I’m happy to see the company further establishing sea legs, but it’s still a tiny company. No one is full time as of yet, but I can see that changing now within the year. The big trick is to figure out what the right size is right now and what we do to support all the aspects of the business. It’s still very much a labor of love sort of business as I continue to make the choices to do the sets we want. That often involves some more obscure things that will never be great sellers, but I’m glad we’re able to do as we have. I know we’ll have to make choices to help grow the business, but we’ll still keep trying to hunt down the cool and forgotten things. You’ve all helped support these things over these years in both the pre-orders of official sets and the special sets; I’m very grateful to everyone for that help through these years.
Over the last handful of days Dave and I have been working on the Thunderbean shop. We’ve got all the individual cartoon titles listed for all the available finished special discs for the first time. We’ll have them up there for a little while, then likely permanently retire many of these special sets.
We’ve also got a new set called Cartoon Most Wanted. We’ll be having a survey to have you pick the most wanted cartoons we’re able to get and scan — and that will be the contents of the set. It’s available for pre-order here at the Thunderbean Shop.
And now, onto the cartoon! It’s Halloween season so here’s a spooky one!
Terrytoons will likely always be underrated. In more recent times, as many of the black and white cartoons from the early to mid-30s have been a little more available on-line, a new generation of viewers have been able to see a lot of the Terrytoons output and judge them on their own merits, rather than always reviewing them based on only a few films.
Some of the less-seen Terrytoons are easily some of the best, and this little gem, What A Night (1935), is a new favorite of mine. I had never seen it before, and was thrilled when Tommy Stathes was kind enough to lend it to me.
Poor Farmer Al is having a pretty scary night. A trio of pig singers happily warn of the impending doom the night brings. A Simon-Legree-ish announcer informs us that this is just an elaborate commercial for sleeping powder, angering Farmer Al enough for him to throw his radio out the window. He really picked the wrong night be so short tempered. The rest of the cartoon is literally a nightmare, culminating in a sequence involving Farmer Al being chased underwater by a cow-looking fish serpent! It’s an enjoying little diversion, and perfect for the Halloween season.
So, enjoy this little short and be sure to watch in HD.
Have a good week everyone!