I promised Jerry that Thunderbean Thursday would be back with a vengeance, so here it is – updates, a new ‘special’ set, and a Scrappy cartoon to boot! I’m just getting back on my feet here, happily, but have to be careful to not lift anything too heavy for a few weeks! I guess that means no carrying large film cans around…
First, the update on all things Thunderbean:
• The masters for ‘Willie Whopper’ are all finished as of today. I’m very happy with how everything came together on the set, and am looking forward to continuing the Iwerks’ cartoon series of sets. Check out this sneak peek at the menus, below.
• Transfers have started on the Flip the Frog series, and although we’re further behind than I had hoped, we’re moving forward.
• Here’s a little bit of news: We’ll be doing the Comi-Color series as well, in HD.
• The Snafu Blu-ray is nearing completion as well. New material became available twice on the set, happily so. We finished the cleanup on the last film today, and will hopefully have a master this week as well for both the blu-ray and the DVD.
• Here’s a little bit of extra news on that too – some of the recently restored Snafus will be showing on Turner Classic Movies throughout September and October. Check TCM’s Schedule for times. They’re looking wonderful.
• The next few sets are turning the corner as well, with work progressing daily, and there will be some new announcements coming up finally as well. It’s been an expensive year here in transfers and all other production-related costs, with the pre-orders really helping to defray some of the costs (thanks everyone!). We’re so happy these titles are finally going out the door, but the expense is pretty high to replicate 2 blu-ray and 2 DVD titles at the same time! We will of course, though we hope to sooner than later!
To help get over this hump and without being too much a shill, we’ve decided to offer:
The ‘Thunderbean Thursday’ Special Blu-ray/DVD combo set!
I like doing these little extra sets, though this one is for a good cause!
This set is a BDR/DVDR combo, offered for the next two weeks only. It features something over 15 films, many never before available in HD. All proceeds will help in the replication of these two new Thunderbean Titles, Private Snafu and Willie Whopper.
This set is a partial ‘Sneak Peak’ of things that may be on upcoming sets, though some of them probably never will be. As I’ve been putting this together in the last few days, I’ve been smiling looking at so much of this often odd but cool material. We’ve transferred more film this year than any other so far and I’m happy to let folks get a sneak peek (or only peek possibly!) at some of these.
Here is the rundown so far:
• Reel of cartoon intros and previews from the 50s & 60s!
• Rare previews for animated films!
• Hector The Pup – John Burton’s 1935 Stop Motion short, from the beautiful 35mm Nitrate print
• More Kinex Stop Motion shorts not included on Stop Motion Marvels
• King Algy – 60’s animated TV cartoon that was likely never released – silent work print
• A lost Sam Bassett – Private Eye cartoon, recently found! See it before Jerry puts it in his “Worst Cartoons Ever” show next year.
• A Bubble and Squeak cartoon! Need we say more?
• Two Cubby Bear cartoons in beautiful new transfers! No “Brownie Bear” here!
• Sammy Salvage – great little Ted Eshbaugh WW2 short, featured on Thunderbean Thursday a little while back.
• Rare silent animated classic cartoons from a famous series, transferred from 35mm nitrate for a set that may or may not happen!
• Other rare stop motion shorts!
• Some Mid-Century Modern goodness, in beautiful HD.
• Tom Thumb in King Arthur’s Court– rare 60’s animated short from Coronet
…and some good surprises!
The set is $16.95 plus $2 postage, $6 postage outside the US. It comes in a standard Blu-ray case.
Further details on ordering are on the Thunderbean Website. Thanks to everyone for the continued support of these efforts. We’re still tiny, but working on growing, and still going through growing pains in our 11th year on DVDs….
Now, finally, to the cartoon!
Let’s Ring Doorbells is, at best, one of the strangest of the Scrappy Cartoons. The Scrappy that stars in this entry bears little resemblance to the earlier Scrappy, except that he still is willing to hit his brotherindiscriminately.This particular cartoon almost reaches greatness a few times, but given the opportunity doesn’t follow through as well as it could. The moralizing butterfly is especially annoying, I think, and really probably could have been eliminated- in fact, I think it would be a little bit better of a film if the kids had their own personal epiphanies rather than having to be lectured as they are about to do a bad thing.
The joke with the drunk always seems really out of place in this one as well. Unfortunate stereotype gag stuck in there too. Still, I have trouble not liking this little film, but just wish it could have been just a little better…. I think the same can be said for a lot of Columbia/Mintz shorts of this vintage, but I still love them. What do you think?
Here’s a transfer from a 16mm Official films print, in HD. Enjoy and have a good week everyone!