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TTTP In Exile / Re: Vintage Disney animation to air on TCM
« on: December 22, 2014, 09:12:02 am »
I hope so, but the chance is unlikely. I don't recall it ever being broadcast in full on television.

I would guess TCM will work around to Fantasia at some point. If I recall Mr. Jerry Beck's last appearance on Stu's Show correctly, he mentioned TCM is going to be treating Disney's animated films (at least those made during Walt's life) as the bona fide classics of American filmmaking that they are, so surely the will be giving Fantasia the high-class treatment it deserves. Extra credit if they can show it unedited!

TTTP In Exile / Re: !!! The IAD Forums Will Be Moving !!!
« on: December 20, 2014, 10:55:17 am »
Well, I just registered over at the new site. My my, it's been a long road from the original Toonzone forums, hasn't it!

One question, will the new forum have that tool that allows you to pull up the threads that have been responded to since you last visited? I found that a very useful thing to have when you just want to catch up on the latest goings-on.

General Discussion / Re: Stephen Hillenburg returning to SpongeBob
« on: December 14, 2014, 10:36:10 am »
As to the subject at hand, I'd say it's too late. Spongebob has gone on FAR longer than it ought to. One day I was in a restaurant where they had a TV tuned to Nickelodeon and Spongebob was playing. I couldn't tell you the name of the episode, but it revolved around Spongebob bringing home a seemingly harmless pet to be a playmate for Gary. Of course the new pet turns out to be a monster in camouflage and Gary has to defeat it while Spongebob is oblivious to the whole affair.

I watched it as one would a train wreck. Spongebob seems to have reached Homer Simpson-levels of stupidity and obliviousness, and the monster scenes were so intense that found myself thinking "This is just felt unpleasant!" and I felt uneasy about the fact that a boy no older than five was sitting at the next table watching the whole thing. I just hope it didn't give him nightmares or anything, sheesh...

Thunderbean Animation Releases and Offers / Re: Tons of Toons Shipped!
« on: December 14, 2014, 10:28:26 am »
Did you folks like the set??

I did! It's a very eclectic mix of characters and eras, and seeing these original IB Technicolor prints is very interesting (just an observation, but the reds are so rich they seem to overwhelm the ink outlines, making just a big red mass).

It's also the first time in a long while (probably since The Popeye Show went off the air) that I've seen a good, clean copy of a Famous Studios Popeye.

Finally, I was surprised to find myself enjoying a short like "The Office Boy". Somewhat creaky animation, but the humor managed to make up for it.

So, yes, this was worth the money paid and if it leads to greater things in the future from Thunderbean, I'd gladly do it again.

Thunderbean Animation Releases and Offers / Re: Tons of Toons Shipped!
« on: December 13, 2014, 10:15:53 am »
My copy arrived Thursday and I've started watching it.

Thanks again Steve!

Before this goes too far off-topic, you know what I found odd about Season 2 of Gadget? Perhaps it was the masters provided to Nickelodeon, but I remember thinking those episodes were actually made first because the picture quality was such that they looked older and softer than the sharp, crisply colored season 1 episodes.

Now back to our previous discussion.

I'm not sure I see the wisdom of including two full versions of the special, since it sounds like the biggest change was the altering of the 'Binky' scene. If they insert the deleted scene of Jon & co. leaving their house, the show would be complete and the 1987 version of the 'Binky' scene could be included as a bonus 'alternate version' or something like that.

Eternally hopeful that the Peanuts release will bring a proper restoration/release of Race For Your Life, Charlie Brown.

Just out of curiosity, what has been wrong with previous releases? This feature isn't one I prefer, so I haven't seen it except on TV and once on VHS.

TTTP In Exile / Re: Genndy Tartakovsky's POPEYE Animation Test
« on: September 21, 2014, 04:00:50 pm »
According to a commentor on Cartoon Brew, Sony has confirmed that Popeye will NOT have a pipe in the new movie. >:(

    I guess we'll have to hope that Popeye doesn't get frozen in a block of ice, encased in quick-drying cement, locked in a safe, etc etc, etc.

As surprised as I was to read that, another thing to keep in mind is that this movie is apparently still a year out from even going into full production (Mr. Tartakovsky still has to finish Hotel Transylvania 2 first), and it will be even longer before the film is ready for theaters. A lot can change in the interim.

The only things we'd get out of Peanuts DVD wise are 80's special boxsets, or the 60's specials with their Coke/Dolly Madison openings restored.

While it would be nice to see the classic Peanuts specials with their advertisements reinstated (I'd actually look into purchasing them if that happened), my vote is for Popeye. The Peanuts characters are still in newspapers across the country and their specials air regularly on TV. Popeye is the one that needs a boost right now. The Popeye film is being made by a person who seems to know what he's doing, is an actual Popeye fan, and most importantly I think the film has to be successful if WHV is going to see their way clear to release more Popeye theatricals to DVD.

After watching the series stall after Volume 3, I really want to see the logjam broken and have the Famous shorts restored.

TTTP In Exile / Re: Genndy Tartakovsky's POPEYE Animation Test
« on: September 21, 2014, 07:42:37 am »
In addition to no pipe (which is understandable given the state of anti-tobacco fervor), did you also notice no tattoos on Popeye's arms? I would think with the widespread use of tats today, that would have been no big deal.

With regards to the pipe and the tattoos, I'm keeping in mind the fact that this was just a test. Neither the pipe nor the tattoos contributed to the purpose of trying to figure out how these characters will move in this new medium. I would think that the tattoos are something that can be easily added to the design later. As for the pipe, I can't imagine Tartakovsky and his colleagues would throw out altogether an item that has potential for comic business and gags.

TTTP In Exile / Re: Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Volume 3 August 12th!
« on: September 15, 2014, 07:37:06 pm »
I bought myself a copy a few weeks ago and finally took the time to watch it over the past four days or so. Unlike in the past where I'd watch a cartoon at a time and select them individually, this time I just selected 'play all' and let them unspool. By not looking at the liner notes, each short came as something of a surprise. In a small way it was like watching the shorts on broadcast TV again.

While there are legitimate issues with the double dips and the fact that no one thought to correct the mispitched soundtracks on "High Diving Hare" and "Bully for Bugs" for the most part I was satisfied. For one, I'm glad that for Blu-Ray Warners kept using the non-Blue Ribbon masters of "Dog Gone South" and "A Ham in a Role."

The restored rings on "Canary Row" were another nice addition. I will ask though, does anyone think that opening was just a bit soft for an HD rendering?

Finally, after years of watching sped-up, muddy prints of "Dog Pounded" and "Beep Prepared", seeing these two shorts in pristine condition was a treat.

So, a few minor niggles aside, this was a worthwhile purchase. I do hope WB is thinking of some way of continuing to release their shorts.

"Mr. Bug" gets my first vote. It would make a lovely companion piece to the stellar "Gulliver's Travels" disc.

I suppose PD Warner shorts would come next, but only if we could be lucky enough to find some BR shorts with original openings.

I don't know why people are shouting for Noveltoons and Screen Songs. Yes, I'd love to see more of them too, but they aren't on the list of Mr. Stanchfield's potential projects.

TTTP In Exile / Re: Disney cartoon reissue/rerelease list
« on: June 24, 2014, 06:17:46 am »
I just knew that the title I saw on "Good Scouts" on the Disney Treasures must have been a replacement. Good find, Mac!

TTTP In Exile / Re: Anyone know this cartoon?
« on: June 09, 2014, 06:46:39 pm »
It is indeed a Warner Bros. cartoon you are thinking of.

From 1963 I believe, "I Was a Teenage Thumb," directed by Chuck Jones.

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