It’s Thursday again! These weeks have been flying by pretty quickly here, and I’m looking forward to sitting down and actually getting to watch some things sometime soon!
At Thunderbean, I’ve been working on getting some of the special sets out as well as putting the finishing touches and tweaks on the Flip the Frog films for the Blu-ray. In the coming week I hope to get the bonus features finally in full gear. I’ve been also gathering all the Aesop’s Fables for Volume 1 and taking a look at cleanups. Finished that set will be priority when Flip is off the plate. In the meantime, Dave and Becky have been holding down the fort in orders while Becca and the crew concentrate on film cleanup and getting a bunch of the special discs dubbed and sent.I’m really looking forward to getting ‘out of the woods’ with many of the pending special sets that are almost ready so we can concentrate fully on both the other official sets and some of the new projects that are presenting themselves right now. It’s an exciting period in that I can see how certain things can come together now that couldn’t before. Let’s hope this trend continues!
I’m happy we’ve been able to do a lot of the special discs, but I know sooner than later we’ll be just too busy to do them. Luckily we’ve been able to continue for a while and scan a lot of things for now.
A few days back, Mark Kausler posted a wonderful article about animator, cartoonist and director Sam Cornell. Mark’s article is a wonderful tribute to his friend and former employer and a really great read. I wish we had a Mark for every remembrance!
Here’s his article. Please read it!
Now — today’s cartoon: The Pooch Parade (1940)
Scrappy is still on my mind, and with all the streaming going on, I hope that someday sooner than later we’ll be flipping channels and Scrappy will hitting Oopy!
My own personal collection of 16mm Scrappy cartoons has been getting scanned over these past years. It’s been nice to be able to share these prints, albeit in digital form rather than plunking you down in front of a projector.
This week’s cartoon could never be considered one of the best of the series, but the animation is still quite fun. Scrappy enters his pooch in a high falutin’ dog show, clearly modeled after the Westminster Dog Show at Madison Square Garden.
Scrappy should have remembered his experiences from four years earlier in the cartoon Scrappy’s Dog Show when his almost expression-less St. Bernard wrestled a judge to get the top award. While a good part of this footage in this film is devoted to spot gags involving dogs, eventually Scrappy’s little pooch manages to win the top award as well, still somewhat ill-gained.
One of the things I really love about Columbia cartoons from these years is there’s often moments of really fun and really strange gags. My favorite thing is the drowsy judges presiding over everything. At one point they’re both fast asleep, so the two stewards hold trumpets to their mouths to play an opening, waking them up with wide eyes!
Perhaps the oddest thing about the short is a continued narration by the show announcer, as if we were watching the play-by-play of the characters whether involved in the show happenings or not. It’s an enjoyable little romp and all sorts of uneven. Enjoy this little film for what it is, and hum along to the snappy theme at the beginning.
Have a good week all!