Your favorite long lost original title cards (or not-so-lost ones!), and replacement title cards.
First, brief Thunderbean news:
Now, having two nearly complete masters from looming in progress titles makes it easier to see the next titles. Rainbow Parades is basically done, with a small piece of animation waiting to compile for titles. I’ll highlight that title at some point this month. More Stop Motion Marvels will be sent to replication within a week or so, and will be out this month. Commentaries for the set are the last thing to do and are in progress this week.
Scanning is fast and furious here; lots of 16mm scanning here, and I’ll be traveling to finally get some of the 35mm done to get other projects moving. Getting things to the finish line is going well. The new goal is to have a new ‘Official’ set out each month, and quite a few of the special sets. There is a new special set for the beginning of the year called Cartoon Resolutions. It’s here at the Thunderbean shop for another week.
We’ve also dubbed and put up 25 copies of each of the older ‘special’ sets, available for a week to help with replication on the new titles.
..and now, onto the cartoons!
I think the newer generations have a really different take on missing titles than everyone else. In an age where things move much faster and so many more films are available, things that seemed impossible to see keep showing up on a pretty regular basis.
One of the funniest things I’ve seen more recently are people making ‘fake’ beat up original titles that they discovered! I really never expected that to happen, but here’s a few of my favorites:
The Tom and Jerry cartoons are especially victims of ‘Fake original titles. Here’s one from ‘8mm’ film. Dig all those little white worms!
..and another! Notice that this one has crazy moving sprockets but a rock steady picture:
..and here’s a whole playlist of ‘em from another industrious fan:
I kind of like the dirt on some of these — they were trying to be subtle with some of it…
Now, here are real titles rather than recreations, from Texas Tom. There’s a pretty good chance this is from a print I was lucky enough to get and scan — but why its so dark here is anyone’s guess:
Here’s one that I think used the Paramount logo from the 16mm print of “Old McDonald Had a Farm” as well as the print of The Friendly Ghost posted recently:
Here’s one using Mark Kausler’s opening titles from a very rare print of Clock Cleaners. It was scanned for inclusion in the beautiful Tashen Mickey Mouse book.
Here’s a Fox and Crow title recreation:
Too bad he didn’t have THIS original title to work with:
Of course, it’s funny in one way, but it also shows that there’s a lot of people that love these films and would love to see the original titles on them. It’s also funny that, now that some things are available with original titles, that there isn’t a lot of thought about all the decades that they weren’t available. I actually love that there’s so much interest in having those films with their original titles.
I’ve been thinking a lot about this subject as I’ve been doing little fixes on the first half of the Rainbow Parades. There’s a lot of prints in there that I really never thought I’d have original titles for on the set now- but sadly not all. After searching for them for many years, if and when any do show up I’ll be a really happy.
Since the Cubby Bear set, a few more of the films have shown up with original titles. On that set, I had a majority with the originals, but was thrilled recently to scan a print of Goode Knight. Here’s some stills from those titles, including the really fun ‘scroll’ showing the cast!
One of the favorite things this week for me was seeing the original title card from Flip Flap. Even though it’s just black and white, it’s such a nice thing to know it exists.
When doing title recreations, I think it’s important to try and get them as accurate as possible. Now, here are some replacement title cards from some of the recent projects. Many of them are cool in completely different ways.
Here are some Dutch titles from Flip the Frogs. I especially like the oddness of these:
Here’s the Sterling films title from Revolt of the Toys. I always liked this card:
I really like this simple, deteriorating title card from an early Felix the Cat cartoon:
Almost every copy of the Cubby Bear cartoon Gay Gaucho has the Official Films titles. This rare print had the ‘Gutholn’ titles, something I had never seen before.
Here’s one of the more typical ones, from an Official Films print:
This Home Movie ‘Hollywood Enterprises’ title for Fresh Lobster is a really cool card.
And, of course, we’re all familiar with the retitled Columbia Rhapsodies prints. I can’t be sure, but I do know that quite a few of the original negs have all the original titles intact.
What are some of your favorite cards or retitle openings?
Have a good week everyone. More Stop Motion Marvels will be highlighted next week!