I hope this post finds you all well. In this critical moment in history, the best we can do is try to be safe and get through it as best as well can. Here, in Michigan, we’re sheltering in place as many of you are.
I moved the basics of the Thunderbean office back here to my house and am continuing operations for the time being, but many of the supplies will dwindle in the coming days. There’s quite a few ‘special’ discs that I’ll be getting to people this week, and work continues on the newer ones, although currently hampered by the inability to do scan of anything new.
I’m wishing the best to all of you out there as we move forward in this uncertain time. Of course, I’ll continue to post as well, and will hopefully have a little more time to work on some of the upcoming projects and share them as they continue.
Some good, pure cartoon escapism is on the plate for this week’s cartoon, Mighty Mouse in The Magic Slipper (1948)
Whenever I see a good print of a 40s Terrytoon, my opinion is altered. In my mind, many of them exist as the somewhat desaturated or brownish TV prints that were broadcast in the 70s that I grew up with, or watching them in black and white when our big color set went out again (and that seemed to happen frequently growing up).
Channel 20 in Detroit would run a show of Terrytoons after school that may have been called The Mighty Mouse Show, but featured of course other cartoons as well. This is a pretty good 16mm Kodachrome print, and I think it gives at least a pretty good impression of this short.
The title, honestly, sounds more exciting that the short actually is – in fact, it’s pretty standard fare across the board. Enjoy it like a good comic in a Sunday paper. There’s even a little Jim Tyer there to keep everyone smiling.
The oddest thing about the short is a strange Jazz interlude with stereotype characters – the only humans in the whole film. The sequence appears to be lifted entirely from Mississippi Swing (1941).
At any rate, take a little break and enjoy a Terrytoon in HD, from a rare, spliceless Kodachrome print.
Oh, and by the way – Do you have a favorite Mighty Mouse cartoon?
Have a good and safe week everyone!