It’s Thanksgiving here in the states, and it’s s simple Thunderbean Thursday this week. I’m grateful for lots of things this year, even though this isn’t such a perfect time around the world. Let’s start now hoping now for a better upcoming year.
In the world of Thunderbean, we haven’t finished everything I’ve wanted to by now quite yet, but all signs are fairly positive. I’m really enjoying working on and watching everyone finish pieces of Flip’s as we get closer to getting the set ready for mastering. We’re still trying to get it out this year, but it may very well slip into early next by the time it comes back from replication. More news next week on this and the other sets that are getting close to being done!
And onto this week’s films:
This year, I decided to try and track down a few Thanksgiving things that I hadn’t seen in a while and watch them. These are the ones I made it all the way though – and I’m guessing it’s been some years since you had seen these as well, if at all.
After you’ve finished watching the Charlie Brown one and maybe some classic cartoons, take a look at these two. They’re interesting at least and I hadn’t thought of either of them in some time.
The Thanksgiving that Almost Wasn’t (1971)
Watching this special now, I realize it’s a lot groovier than I remember- and the closest thing you’ll ever get to having a Scooby Doo Thanksgiving special. It paints a happy picture of the first Thanksgiving, just like a grade school plays I was in over and over again in the early 70s. I managed to make it through this stuff ok but can’t guarantee you will, but at least on youtube it’s pretty easy to skip forward a little. The banjo and harmonica-heavy soundtrack seems pretty out of place on the songs somehow.
In true Hanna-Barbara fashion, we have some anthropomorphic animals, including the narrator — a Papa Squirrel telling his kid (voiced by June Foray) the story of how a Squirrel was involved in the story of the first Thanksgiving. Papa Squirrel seems to have stolen Yogi Bear’s collar and a pair of glasses from the Banana Splits. Don Messick, Hal Smith and others round off the cast. Animators on the film include Hugh Fraser, Ed Love, Ray and Don Patterson and Carlo Vinci. Walt Peregoy is credited for the backgrounds.
This special was produced for AVCO Broadcasting Corporation, Syndication Division. It must have been shown on smaller UHF stations, available as a special program. There’s even a space to put local sponsor tags at the end (with stars around them!). I caught a small piece of this on the Cartoon Network years back. I think it’s otherwise a pretty forgotten special.
The Pilgrim Boy (1962)
I hadn’t seen this Davy and Goliath short since I was a kid, but I remember as a kid taping part of the soundtrack on my cassette recorder and listening to it. Watching it all these years later, it’s what you’d expect it to be. It had been a while since I had sat down and watched a full episode. I think a little goes a long way on Davey, but I could watch Gumby’s all day while holding a Gumby bendy.
Of course, you all know the usual thanksgiving cartoons at this point. Tom Turk and Daffy (1944) is still one of my favorites, so here’s the film again, in case you don’t have it already:
Happy Thanksgiving All, and if you’re not in the states, happy Thursday!