I’m happy to say that the long-in-progress (and often talked about) Rainbow Parade Cartoons, Volume 1 Blu-ray is finally back from replication! I’m happy to finally have the project out of my hands and to everyone. The pre-orders are going out this week, and it’s available here on Amazon as of today as well as at thunderbeanshop.com.
For folks that are regular readers here, you’ve seen this Blu-ray and the Flip the Frog project in progress for many years. The Rainbow Parades have been in progress the better part of four years- mostyly waiting for this element or that to get scanned. It’s a great relief to have this done – with Flip close on its heels. Soon time will be entirely freed up to work on and finish the other projects that are in progress at Thunderbean.
A ton of people helped to make volume 1 a reality. They all helped to get things looking as good as I think we possibly could at this moment in time, and it was a good time to get it done since the materials were still in good enough condition to do the set, and the quality of scanners allowed to get them scanned very nicely. This list of people to thank is long (really much longer than here) but I’m especially appreciative of Jerry Beck for his continuous support as well as this space to talk about these projects, Todd Weiner and the folks at UCLA Archives, the late David Shepard, Lobster Films’ Serge Bromberg, George Willeman and the folks at the Library of Congress, the multi-talented Devon Baxter for help with music, still galleries and support, Chris Buchman and Rex Schneider for their thoughtful help throughout the project along with Chris’ wonderful section in the booklet about Winston Sharples, Mark Kausler for his continuing invaluable help through all these projects with prints as well as lending rare model sheets, Evan Schad for his tireless search in finding small pieces of music to use in the music-only bonus features, the element / film cleanup team including (again!) Devon Baxter, Thad Komorowski and Ciara Wagoneer, and Shawn Dickinson for his lovely cover art.
Special additional thanks to the animation team that worked on the title menu animation with me. While the set isn’t perfect, I think it’s as good as could be done, and I think we’ve done a good service to these films and the artists that made them. Maybe someday the negs will show up in a wall of the former Kinex Studios. Finally, the set is dedicated to Jazz record mart founder and cartoon collector Bob Koester. I’ll forever hear you singing ‘There’s going to be a wedding— a wedding in Pastrytown!!’. I’ll also always imagine you singing it late at night while secretly skinny-dipping at some pool somewhere in Chicagoland.
Since I don’t have to work on the set any more I can get back to enjoying just watching the cartoons, finally! I’ll be doing another big scanning session as soon as a few more things arrive here, and as the next batch of things are getting cleaned up I’m going to concentrate on a few projects I’ve been trying to make happen for a long time, including a show that isn’t animated but has all shorts of animation connections. At the suggestion of a reader on Blu-ray.com, we’ve also just grabbed a bunch of films to create a ‘Grab Bag’ BDR set, available at the Thunderbean shop on preorder this week.
Here’s a little sneak preview of the Rainbow Parade Volume 1 set. Have a good week everyone!