First, some Thunderbean news:
Its going to be a handful of days really hunkering down here, again. I had hoped to get the Thunderbean Grotesqueries’ Blu-ray listed on Amazon before this article; It’s finished now, but we’re still not done dubbing pre-orders, so I’ll wait until next week. Chances are it will be up on Amazon late on the weekend or early next week.
Lots of progress on everything here- and it’s all looking really good. I haven’t been able to get over to the office since Tuesday morning, so, chances are, as you reading this I’ll be hunkering down to work on things that are getting close to the finish line as well as helping to get the mail pile down. There has never been so many projects getting close to being finished at the same time, but then again there are more projects in some state than ever before too- I’m grateful for the help at the office. Noveltoons has just rounded the corner on having nearly all the final edits finished as well as the Rainbow Parades, so it looks like the next ‘official’ releases will be Noveltoons & Rainbow Parades volume 1, with others following close behind. The other big release of the summer is the first half of the Flip the Frog series, if we can get the extras done in time. More clarity next week on these fronts next week.Since it is currently Felix the Cat’s 100th birthday, I feel like there needs to be a lot more discussion of this important and influential series, and I hope to start some coverage of this soon as well. In more recent years I’ve been lucky enough to see many of the less seen cartoons in this series, and I hope to share some of those here and in other ways soon.
Our fearless CR leader Jerry Beck is at the San Diego Comic Con right now, and since he’s the master of posting these (and I know he’ll be posting late) I’m keeping this simple.
Since we’re nearing the end of the Noveltoons Blu-ray set, I thought I’d share the send to latest film that just been finished in cleanup and edit— the 16th out of 20 to do a final edit— Enchanted Square (1947).
I never saw this cartoon growing up; my first encounter with it was having animation collector and artist Jeff Missinne transfer an old NTA print for ‘Snappy Video’ back in the late 80s. Jeff loved this cartoon, even in its NTA reddish state. Funny how these particular films were seen by television audiences in the 50s and 60s either in black and white or just ok color, then later on pretty washed out VHS tape versions.
Seeing the film in Technicolor was a revelation, especially the almost neon-bright contrasting color palettes in Shane Miller’s backgrounds. Miller also takes a story credit in this film. The story actually takes place on Halloween in this short, but there’s barely a reference to it. We’ve had this cartoon on the original DVD of the Noveltoons, and then on Technicolor Dreams and Black and White Nightmares. I was lucky enough to find another Technicolor print that matched the first one we used. This new version combines the two prints to repair the splices in the previous version. I’ve found that along with Suddenly it’s Spring people have strong feeling about this particular cartoon and it’s success or failure. Rather than spout about my opinion, I’d love to hear yours, especially on story and the use of color in this film.
The ‘usual’ NTA version of the film:
And, the latest version we’ve put together for the new Blu-ray:
Have a great week everyone — and happy Comic-Con to those out there pushing through the rows of people!