I really wish there was a collection of pristine 35mm Tom and Jerry somewhere. Heck, I’d take half beat up ones as well!
In Thunderbean news:
When reviews are over I’m taking another scanning road trip to finish up another six sets and more. I’ll be posting some things here and on Blu-ray.com when I’m back from that scanning trip. I’m excited to see the list of special discs getting smaller as things move forward, even as we add some. The big goal is to get as many things finished this year as possible. Right now it’s looking very good, with most if not all scheduled to wrap this year.
The sound Van Beuren Aesop’s Fables set have been on my mind a lot. I hope to visit Chris Buchman in the coming weeks, now that we are both vaccinated. I haven’t seen him in person in well over a year now. They will be helping move the set forward with some films as well as updating the extras if I can convince him to!
The other set that’s on my mind a lot is Van Beuren’s Tom and Jerry. There is a lot of work on these right now, and I’m really enjoying revisiting them.
Now, onto Rabid Hunters!
Finding prints with the original titles on Tom and Jerry cartoons isn’t a completely rare thing; many of them exist, but there’s some titles that haven’t shown up with the original titles. This print of Rabid Hunters (1932) showed up on Ebay some years back in a finely beat up old 16mm original print with a Kodak edge code from 1942. We scanned it in HD back at the end of 2014. The print is a little beat up, but overall pretty watchable. We’re debating what print to use on the set at this point. I really like the sharpness on this one, but there’s some heavy lines here and there. It’s the only print I know of at the moment that has the original titles (so we’ll use though for sure!)
This little slapstick cartoon moves right along, following our heroes as they attempt to catch a slippery rabbit. Gags are fast and silly, and there’s a rollicking jazzy score to keep the action company.
I’m always hoping someone will post a print of any of these films on youtube with original titles, and then I might get lucky enough to borrow it!
Have a good week everyone!