This is a peculiar summer for sure. Here’s some animation for your entertainment and (mostly) cereal buying needs.
Things are going pretty good over here in recent days, and I hope things are going well in your neck of the woods too. These weeks have been packed here. I’ve been teaching a class for High Schoolers on Zoom this week, and its been really fun to see their creativity and interest in animation. We’ve been busy packing various orders as well; I’ll be letting the crew take over the duties as I start to concentrate on finishing animation for the Rainbow Parade titles along with the crew. Some very nice things have been showing up here lately as it gets closer to being done. Our own Mike Kazaleh sent a lovely little sequence yesterday that we’ll have to start getting our heads around to in-between. I’ll be sharing some of the animation in coming weeks. I’m really hoping to concentrate *only* on animation for a week if I can get away with it!
Here’s the cover for ‘Rainbow Parades, Vol 1, designed by Nico Colaleo with a little help from Melanie Mrozek (and myself). Progress is moving right along.
And now, onto something to watch:
Some good news this week was that a reel of commercials that had vanished a few weeks back made it to my porch earlier today. It was an eBay win from late June- and sent right away, but somehow found its way into a ‘spot’ somewhere. The commercials on the reel seem to date from 1965 through ’67, although I haven’t checked the edge code on more than a handful at this point – some seem just a little earlier than that (for example, there’s a commercial saying Lucky Charms is new cereal, and it would have been ‘new’ in ’64). About 1/3 of the reel is shown here- I can’t wait to see the rest.
This is my first time seeing the reel, and it looks like the spots are in fairly good shape. I’ll scan them and include some in the Animated Commercials v2 blu-ray we’ve been working on for some time now. I hope to get that set all wrapped up in about a month if that’s possible. These are the last things to scan for the set.
I hope you enjoy some of these spots, and if you can identify a studio or particular animator please make a comment! I can identify George Bakes’ work in some of them myself. I’m pretty sure I’ve never seen any of them before.
And, once again, I apologize for not being properly dressed for the occasion.
Have a good week everyone!