It seems like a good time to give a quick Thunderbean update. It’s been a year of launches and not as many finishes as we’d like, but many things are speeding toward the finish line, often dependent on finances in how fast our little staff can finish and get them out to everyone. I’m excited to be wrapping up quite a few projects right now and getting them on their way into people’s collections. Here’s a pretty good rundown of where the closest to finished projects are right now:
Cartoon Paradise – this month
Screen Songs – this month
Popeye In Technicolor – January
Noveltoons – January
Grotesqueries – January (or sooner possibly)
Heavily in progress. Hope hope to finish these in the early months of 2019:
Flip the Frog
More Stop Motion Marvels (only a few films left to scan)
Stop Motion Marvels
Cartoon Commercials (all scanned)
More Technicolor Dreams
Aesop’s Fables (only a few films left to scan)
Other projects are in scanning with various things getting cleaned up. We’re especially looking forward to continuing the scanning process on the Comi-Colors.
I’ve been getting a lot of emails asking if there will be a Thunderbean Thursday 2018 set; This is something I’d like to continue, so after a little thinking we decided to do one. Details are here.
This week’s cartoon is an especially bizarre one, and *almost* qualifies as an entry in the “It was only a dream” category of cartoons, except you know they’re having a dream from the beginning in this case. Sandman Tales (1933) is an ambitious entry for Columbia/ Mintz, remaining a fun watch 85 years after its creation. Scrappy and his kid brother Oopy fall asleep after reading a well-marked ‘Fairy Tales’ book. They have a magical fever dream that includes fairies and angels and lots of mushrooms for some reason. At one point, a series of elves that look like Oopy merrily dance around the pair, until an Ogre turns the whole situation in to a nightmare for a little while. Everything in Scrappy and Oppy dreamland turns out all right in the end, but I have to wonder how long the Ogre actually stays in the water. Watch closely for a funny shot of Scrappy and Oppy looking mad as they vanquish the Ogre, then return to their normal happy selves.
I wanted to see this cartoon for years and years without luck, after reading that it was a ‘classic’ in Mindrot (Animania) back in the 80s. I finally found a print maybe five years back, so I can share it, but sadly the print cuts off before the final conclusion, but at least it’s *close* to the end!
This cartoon seems a little more extravagant that most in the series. The higher production values give the film a really nice feel, especially in the background department. I have to wonder if Columbia was attempting to raise its production values at this point with an eye for awards. The results here are mixes, but it stands out from the rest of the series for its visuals. It tries hard to have the richness and whimsey of the Silly Symphonies without the storytelling ability. Columbia put Holidayland in the running the next year for best cartoon short.
Here’s a scan in HD, with a little missing on the end! Enjoy the cartoon and have a good week everyone!