At Thunderbean this week:
We’ve spent the last three days smashing together material for the Stop Motion Marvels, Volume 1 Blu-ray upgrade- and with that work we turned some big corners— bringing that project much closer to completion. Becky Grauman did a fantastic job cleaning up some of the materials last week, including Dolly Daisy (1930). I saw the results today and am amazed at how beautiful it and other films for the set are looking.
Three other special sets are getting finished this week – and Aesop’s Fables, Volume 1 should be back from replication at this time next week. Our big goal is to have Flip the Frog finally out within the next month or so too-with more projects coming into the mix too. We also announced another special disc, “the Forgotten 60s” available for pre-order at the Thunderbean Shop.
For this week’s subject, I’m happy to say that the The Other Betty Boop set is finally done and shipping starting tomorrow. Originally, this set started as one of the ‘special’ sort of unofficial sets we do, with the idea being to gather good prints of a lot of the Betty Boop cartoons that were not included on Olive films’ four Blu-ray compilations.
The final set has 18 cartoons from the series, mostly from the later half of the series, but it also includes a handful of earlier shorts. Usually the special sets are just good scans of cartoons, without any additional work put into them, but as we started to get then all together it became pretty clear that it was a really good looking set—so it was worth taking some of the best material (including 35mm prints) and spiffing them up with some cleanup. The set will remain a BDR rather than replicated, with our hopes being that at some point all these films will be available from their negatives and master positives where they exist. For now, I think it’s a pretty good little set of these shorts – and volume two will follow!
The icing on the cake was the good luck to be able to scan Honest, Love and True from one of the two known prints of the film in the world— and the only known one with sound. It’s really fun to see a Betty you’ve never seen before, and I found a lot of the ad-libs in the film to be really fun – and its well animated too! The film appearing on this set is courtesy of film hero David Gerstein for finding the print and Serge Bromberg for being able to attain it and scan it for the set. The print has French titles and some different backgrounds to change some things into French, but it has the full original English soundtrack. We’re thrilled to have it on the set. It’s one of the films we’ve cleaned up here.
As we were working on getting the films cleaned up, someone managed to swipe the scan from the internal servers at Lobster, and, as things do, it was sold for broadcast and started to appear on YouTube!
Here’s a little preview of the set followed by a longer clip from Honest Love and True (1939). Thanks to everyone for your help in supporting all these small efforts to make more classic cartoons available in good quality. I’ve been so lucky to get a lot of ‘Holy Grails’ scanned and available over these years, and here’s another that’s been on the list for a long time. Now onto some I can’t talk about until the sets are done!