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Thunderbean Animation Releases and Offers / Re: Tons of Toons Shipped!
« on: December 23, 2014, 09:07:21 am »
Just arrived this morning here in the UK - what a pleasant surprise! Given the time of year, I wasn't expecting it to get to me until early in 2015. I'll be watching it later tonight.  :)

Thanks as always, Steve!

Thunderbean Animation Releases and Offers / Re: Wish List for Thunderbean
« on: November 26, 2014, 01:01:42 pm »
The sets currently on the burners are:
-Licensed set I can't talk about yet
-two others!

C'mon... Give us some clues, Steve!  :)

Do you think a Christmas set would sell ok? I have thought of doing a BDR version of that something like that.

I don't want to put a dampener on anything you may already be working on, but I have to confess that wouldn't really be high on my shopping list. On the other hand, it's one of few golden age sets that would actually remain perpetually "current", and I imagine an annual sales peak around this time of year would make very good business sense.

TTTP In Exile / Re: WB Cartoon Library now on itunes
« on: November 11, 2014, 09:27:23 am »
But in The Bugs Bunny Road Runner Hour in 1984-85, the theme It's Cartoon Gold refers to him as Tweety Bird

If we're going to rely on a cheesy song alone for identification, I'll take one sung by Mel Blanc himself:

Seven seconds in: "My name is Tweety Pie."  :tweetie:

TTTP In Exile / Re: WB Cartoon Library now on itunes
« on: November 10, 2014, 12:41:48 pm »
Weird - the Tweety cartoons are from Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries, and he's called Tweety Pie.

I remember Tweety referring to his self as "Tweety Pie" in the "Looney, Looney, Looney Bugs Bunny Movie" (specifically one of the segments made for it, not one of the older animated cartoons featured in it), even though he had been called "Tweety Bird" in other movies made before that one.

It's funny, but I've only ever known him as Tweety Pie, and was surprised to find more recently that there's some sort of controversy over both his name and gender. The Looney, Looney, Looney Bugs Bunny Movie does indeed refer to him as both "Tweety Pie" and "Mr Pie", and as that was directed by Friz Freleng and voiced by Mel Blanc and Stan Freberg, I suppose we should take that word as gospel.

(Are you sure he's called "Tweety Bird" in other movies? I've no doubt that he's a tweety bird, but do you have an example of it being used irrefutably as a name?)

TTTP In Exile / Re: A New Way To Censor Blackface Gags In MGM Cartoons
« on: October 26, 2014, 11:41:28 am »
Just to put this to bed completely, attached is a screen cap from an off-air recording of British TV in the 80s. White lips all along, as suspected.

So is it supposed to b that brown colour on the ground? Now it's all orange.

No, I think it is orange - just a very muddy orange. That's most likely the darkening effects inherent in ancient video tapes, plus the print not exactly being brand new even then.

The lips still aren't pink, though.  ;)

TTTP In Exile / Re: A New Way To Censor Blackface Gags In MGM Cartoons
« on: October 25, 2014, 01:58:41 pm »
Just to put this to bed completely, attached is a screen cap from an off-air recording of British TV in the 80s. White lips all along, as suspected.

As long as they're (a) profitable for you, and (b) full of surprises for us, I don't think we'll ever turn one of these down!  :)

TTTP In Exile / Re: A New Way To Censor Blackface Gags In MGM Cartoons
« on: October 15, 2014, 07:42:36 am »
See what I mean?

That not quite as conclusive as it first appears. See the white plank above his head? That's also pretty pink in the original screenshot. It's difficult to tell what the original colours were, what was just natural degradation, and what's been altered. It's certainly not definitive proof of censorship. (And anyway, weren't minstrel lips generally painted white? I'm not sure big thick white lips are any better than big thick pink lips in this context.)

Stupid execs......

If this is what it takes to keep the cartoons in circulation, then I'm all for it. Better than burying a bunch of masterpieces for all time.

TTTP In Exile / Re: TCM "Back to the Drawing Board" on October 6
« on: October 01, 2014, 12:53:44 pm »
Thanks Mac! Yes, I wish more countries were getting this broadcast...  :-\

On that note, Tom, next time you're in one of the programming meetings with them (or whatever), would you mind wondering out loud something along the lines of, "You know, I bet the UK TCM channel would be interested in this...", and see what the reaction is? Just in a nothing-to-lose, you-never-know sort of way. It's an extremely long shot, but it can't hurt to try!

Thunderbean Animation Releases and Offers / Re: All the stuff.
« on: September 29, 2014, 07:48:54 am »
It would be better to get everything to everyone faster; I'll do my best going forward.

I think you've done quite well already, to be honest! :)

In all seriousness, is there anything practical we as a community can do to help? If Thunderbean really has outgrown itself as you described, perhaps we can share the burden and lighten your load a little. I'm afraid I can't really think how, but if there is anything, just say...

One suggestion: given the deluge of e-mails you're getting, have you thought about setting up a dedicated address for order enquiries that you only give out to people when they actually buy something? (e.g. orders@ or sales@ or something.) You can then give paying customers priority over the other 400 per day you receive. (Seriously, 400 per day?)

Keep up the great work!

TTTP In Exile / Re: Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Volume 3 August 12th!
« on: September 19, 2014, 10:58:42 am »
Hmm, 13 as-yet unreleased to disc cartoons, all either Foghorn or Elmer.  9  :foghorn: + 4  :fudd:, and 2 of Elmer's involve a farm.  Throw in "Robot Rabbit" and there's the 14 needed for a SuperStars collection, and that would let them put Bugs on the cover for marketing reasons.  Think that's what they're planning?  WB has revived this series before.  Jerry, want to chime in here?

You could be right, but (and I hate to put a downer on things) it's just as likely to be an aborted project than a prospective one. I wonder...

Either way, well spotted!

TTTP In Exile / Re: What happened to Dave Mackey's website?
« on: September 12, 2014, 11:38:30 am »
Will it ever come back? Even if it's never updated again, he should at least keep it up for those who like it.

Not ideal, but I think these are the most recent snapshots of the sites in question:

TTTP In Exile / Re: Stream pitch
« on: August 31, 2014, 08:29:37 am »
I'd still rather see shows from American TV to relive my SatAM memories. :/

Broaden your horizons! Seriously, you don't even know the meaning of Saturday morning television until you've seen an episode of Tiswas. (March 1981 or earlier for the classic line-up.) They always showed Looney Tunes (and sometimes Disney clips), which sweetens the deal, but you'll be in a state of disbelief at the sort of other stuff they managed to get away with!

I always assumed lower pitch meant the sound was quieter than a normal NTSC print, not that it was ran at a slower speed.

No, pitch (frequency) and loudness (amplitude) aren't linked in any way.

These "low-pitched audio" Looney Tunes have been mentioned a few times on these boards, but I don't recall ever actually watching one. (Maybe I have, but it certainly didn't register.) I just can't figure out what in the world would cause it on an official release.

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