It’s another simple Thursday in Thunderbeanville… now, for the weekly report, this time in miniature form!
Refinements continue on the Van Beuren Rainbow Parades (in color, titles and sound especially) but we’re nearly done with all the films. Color correction continues on the George Pal Puppetoons we’re working on for Arnold Liebovit. The Iwerks Comi-Color scans are crisp! Nothing combined completely just yet. Some more Van Beuren Tom and Jerrys were just finished in scans, and most of the Stop Motion Marvels 2 set is getting cleaned up. The Popeye in Technicolor set is almost done as well as the work on two others. New scans for many of the special sets are happening this week as well. Help at the office had been great this past week in catching things up. Thanks to everyone in addition for your help in all these projects.
We’ve been borrowing some Fleischer Betty Boop cartoons from one of the same people we’ve borrowed so many great Popeyes and are doing a ‘semi-official’ set of ones that aren’t on the more recent Blu-ray and DVD sets. Details here.
Since Tom and Jerrys have been on my mind, I thought I’d post one of the shorts we *haven’t* done in HD yet (but plan to soon). Pots and Pans (1932) is a dandy little musical cartoon that is apologetically happy. While not spectacular in any way, it’s a positive and fun short. Besides a gay stereotype, this pre-code cartoons doesn’t get very mischievous, but you can really feel the 30s here in both the music and subject matter. I can almost smell the coffee and imagine the green paint and shiny metal. It would be wonderful to be able to step back in time into one of the little diners that inspired this film.
Thanks to Tommy Stathes for his lend of this nice 35mm printdown…
I’m hoping to get to sift through a collection of original ‘Official Films’ fine grains in 35mm nitrate soon; keep your fingers crossed that some Tom and Jerrys (even in their ‘Dick and Larry’ form) are there in sparkling 35mm!
Have a good week everyone!