First, a little Thunderbean update:
Short again here as I battle persnickety programs, many projects and heat! I’m working on next week’s post already; I was going to present that one this week but it’s just not together enough — so it’s Mighty Mouse to the rescue!
After a long period of needling through all the last minute fixes and adjustments on the Rainbow Parade set as I was working on the final master, I’ve been greatly relieved to spend some time working on the (mostly) black and white Flip the Frog mastering. Both of these projects have had more elements, more reconsideration, more issues than any others we’ve done so far. Rainbow, volume 1 will likely be back within a week or so, and we hope to send the final discs for Flip out sometime in July. All the films for the second part of the series were basically wrapped up last week, and we’re getting close on the last few left on the first disc. It’s been years since these two projects weren’t near the front of the line, so being actually finished with them seemed impossible at times. As Flip is getting closer to having everything in a final state, the next things I’m handing to the freelancers and working on myself are, oddly, way easier to figure out, and therefore, much faster to get through.
As the Comi-Color negatives are scanned, the most wonderful thing is seeing how beautiful of condition most of the material is in. Having both Comi-Colors and the rest of the Rainbow Parades all complete, in good condition and together in one archive seems like a dream. Let’s see if I’m still saying that in six months! As we move through projects, newer projects are staying a little quieter, but don’t worry – there’s still plenty of things to show and chat about – plus I need to get through the current list of already announced stuff. I’m still working on being properly dressed however.
Since we’re super-close to finishing the whole Flip set, we’ve decided to put up a pre-order for it at the Thunderbean Shop. Since there’s been many requests, the pre-order includes a special Blu-ray (BDR) set called ‘Flip’s Secret Vault’ with two discs of the raw scans and alternative versions of the films, all used in the production of the set. If you pre-ordered a while back, we’ll also include this extra set, free- then never again. Thanks to everyone for supporting these projects- we couldn’t do them without you.
Now, onto a Mighty Mouse!
We did a scan a while back from a pretty decent 16mm print of The Perils of Pearl Pureheart. I ended up with another print of the film with original titles a while back (I honestly can’t say when I got it) and only got around to actually watching it when I was looking through other films to scan. After listening to the beginning of the print, I was super excited. I had never seen the original titles for this film, and while those are not so exciting, the *song* that plays during the opening made the whole experience of watching the film a little more fun. This particular print appears to be a reduction from a 35mm print, probably made in the 70s.
Editor’s Note: Steve, this is an amazing find! In 1949, Terry was all in on Mighty Mouse being their “star”. The formula using the old-time serial format and the operetta style dates back to those “Fanny and Strongheart” serialized films the studio made in the 1930s. Matching it to Mighty Mouse was a brilliant idea. “A Cold Romance” released a few months before this tries a different theme song; the one here is even better (“Mighty Mouse, A mass of muscle”). The extra effort to seek out a theme song for Mighty was on the agenda (Famous Studios and Disney were doing it – maybe there was some money in selling sheet music? I’m sure this was on Paul Terry’s mind). Sorry to butt into your post this week – but I had to tell you this made me smile. – Jerry Beck
I’ve always enjoyed these little Mighty Mouse melodramas, and of course, growing up in the 70s, never really understood the original source being referenced. I always wished there had been a musical Mighty Mouse feature that was almost like chapters of a serial without knowing that the inspiration was inspired by a serial. I wonder how a serialized story in animation would have played in the 40s? This particular idea didn’t show up until TV animation- and of course was used over and over in lots of different shows.
I’m not sure how rare this particular piece of music was/is, but it was new to me, and was as exciting to hear as hearing all the little Flip the Frog overtures the first time. Seeing a print of Gulliver’s Travels with the scene of Gabby and crew going on top of Gulliver was exciting for me as well as a kid- the scene was missing from most NTA prints.
So, now, here’s the interactive part of this week’s post! What missing piece of a cartoon was particularly exciting for you to see or hear— and, if possible, put a link to share it!
Have a good week everyone!