Thunderbean Land, part 2:
Jerry wanted me to share some other things we just got scanned this week, but I will next week instead. This will give me a little time to combine some sections and maybe get a lot more in-depth about the technical details of combining color elements.
Being able to devote a big chunk of the summer to getting projects done this year has been honestly amazing, and I’ve been really enjoying jumping from one thing to another, knocking each thing off the list. Seeing the list of projects gets shorter and being able to devote a lot of time now to the big projects is a dream. I couldn’t be happier with how things are going right now — it’s just never as fast as I’d like.
I’ve barely been over to the Thunderbean office over the past two weeks, instead working on editing, color correction and getting final details on various sets. In the next few days, I’m working hard to get masters done for a bunch of the “special” sets. I’ll be over there to get a few things out myself to friends and things I’ve promised tomorrow, finally.
Many things got scanned a few weeks back, including some rare scope cartoons in 35mm Technicolor. Another batch of 35mm Technicolor cartoons landed in my lap a few days back, and these prints are just too good to not scan. The scope cartoons we just scanned will go nicely with these other 35mm 50s cartoons, so we’ve got a new preorder for a special set up, Mostly Scope and Technicolor, today at the Thunderbean shop for a limited time.
Back at the office, The four Thunderbean folks that work there have been owning that space. Dave and Becky are handling all of the Amazon orders and special discs that are all finished. Becca has been diligently handling the dubbing and combining of all the pre-order things about to ship, including dubbing everything as soon as the masters are delivered to her. She’s set up all the envelopes ready for those dubs, organized by groups of things going out in three different shipments. I’ve promised not to touch them and mess up her organization. That’s ok since I really need to get these special sets done. As the plate is getting cleared of these projects, I’ll be ready for the Flip the Frog finishing storm that’s about to land (or, honestly, already has started)
Vikki Tubie, a talented animation graduate from CCS, has been busy doing lots of finishing touches on the Flip project, steadying and doing additional dust-busting. Becca Smith, a two year Thunderbean veteren, finished a film today as well, and our own Devon Baxter is putting the finishing touches on Jailbirds. The last Flip elements from the European archives are showing up Friday, some elements from fellow Blu-ray producer Tommy Stathes are showing up this week,The Library of Congress is scanning a few soundtracks and a title from a German print of Bulloney and yesterday I scanned a very special print of Coo Coo the Magician.
This particular print is, honestly, unique as far as I can tell. Mark Kausler was kind enough to lend it for the project, and it contains footage that no other print we’ve found seems to have. It looks like its a combination of at least three different prints, with the body of the film being from a pretty good original print down from the 40s. We’ve now scanned more prints of this one cartoon than any other- a total of five prints: one 35mm from Denmark and four 16mm. All of them are missing something that the others have, except Mark’s print, having everything. The things missing, honstly, make it a better film, and are all really fun gags.
This film will be the most difficult to assemble for sure, but I’m excited to finally have all the material laying on the table ready to make the finished Flip cloth.
The Flip the Frog cartoons have more versions of them than *any* other series I’ve ever seen. MGM made cuts, Pat Powers made different cuts, Exclusive, Commonwealth, Tele-prompter and Blackhawk all seem to have made some cuts as well, and we’re not even talking about what was cut from versions going out of the US. MGM’s master positives are the best source for the most complete versions of the films- if only they existed on everything.
It was so much fun to watch this scan today that I thought I’d share it with everyone today. Be sure to watch it in 2k if it lets you!