I’m really enjoying these busy weeks (even though I’m really tired!), and wish there were ways to make everything move even faster. I’ve been concentrating on details as both Thunderbean and other projects move into finishing and out the door. Popeye is going through authoring right now while waiting for the very last films to be cleaned up. It will be followed closely by Rainbow Parade Vol. 1, Cartoon Commercials 2 and at least six ‘special’ sets should I be able to get everything scanned. Some of the last of the Flip the Frogs we’ve scanned are getting cleaned up right now by my very capable freelance cleanup staff; the work coming back from this and the Stop Motion Marvels sets are looking great. Two big batches of things to be scanned are about to go to two different scanning places. After spending a few days this week cranking on some animation, I’m happy to get back to directing and animating again for the Rainbow Parade titles. My freelancers are doing lovely things- and I can’t wait to get back to my own contributions.New films that have shown up include three more episodes of ‘Linus the Lionhearted’. These are the negs that were made for the original network TV broadcasts, including commercials. They’re black and white, but complete and in excellent shape. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a set made of at least a good amount of this fun series? At least one will be on the ‘On Hold’ set I’ve been putting together for too long. It’s among the things we’re working on getting out in the next month or so.
Since all the scan shops close to here are either still closed or unavailable, I managed to get materials scanned by taking a day trip to a small telecine shop near Pittsburgh. They’ve converted a Rank Turbo into a new sort of 2k scanner – and scanned a reel with the remainder of the Popeye set on it while I picked weeds of out the sidewalk cracks (a real story).
Giving each one of these projects a special touch is both the pain and the fun of finishing them. It’s a slow process at times. Some of the films going to be scanned include a batch of Van Beuren Tom and Jerry shorts – they’re sitting in front of me now!
As with (basically) most of the Thunderbean sets, I take more than a great interest in trying to find prints with original titles if they exist – especially on cartoons that usually don’t have them. On some of the DVD versions, I knew there were prints that existed with original titles that I just couldn’t get. You never know when some aspiring collector with a love of these cartoons will come along and do an even better version, but for now, I’ll at least try to make them the best we can from the materials we know exist- and I don’t mind doing everything I can to track down some of them (within time constraints that are already too lax!). With the Cubby Bear Blu-ray, I was really lucky in finding a lot more of the films with original titles and in better quality than I had for the DVD. Van Beuren’s Tom and Jerry is similar in this way. Funny enough, When I’ve posted that I’m searching for prints with original titles, sometimes people send me a link (or a still) of one of the titles we recreated!
Here’s a pretty quick ‘hands-on’ breakdown of some of the materials I’ll be sending to scan (or not!). This is ‘old hat’ to you long-time collectors out there, but I thought it might be interesting to see and hear some of the reasons to use one print over another. For you that know these things already, there’s plenty of animals surrounding me tonight for additional entertainment.
Have a good week all! I’m looking forward to next week!