If you are reading this blog and didn’t purchase Volume 1 of Woody Woodpecker and Friends last year… well shame on you! You still can still order it here. If cost was an issue, or if Walter Lantz cartunes aren’t your thing, I urge you to seek out this special “spotlight collection”, Woody Woodpecker Favorites (box art above center) which goes on sale March 10th, 2009.
The disc contains 15 Woody Woodpecker Cartoons (Knock Knock, Pantry Panic, The Barber of Seville, Ski for Two, Chew-Chew Baby, The Dippy Diplomat, The Loose Nut, Who’s Cookin’ Who?, Bathing Buddies, Fair Weather Fiends, Musical Moments from Chopin, Banquet Busters, Wet Blanket Policy, Sleep Happy, The Redwood Sap), plus bonus cartoons: Fish Fry with Andy Panda, Pied Piper of Basin Street a Swing Symphony, and these Tex Avery classics: The Legend of Rockabye Point (with Chilly Willy), Sh-h-h-h-h-h and Crazy Mixed Up Pup. If that isn’t enough, the disc includes two bonus episodes of The Woody Woodpecker Show: Episode #53 (Featuring Kiddie League, Charlie’s Mother-in-Law, The Bird Who Came to Dinner, Fish & Chips) and Episode #56 (Featuring Billion Dollar Boner, Coming Out Party, Romp in a Swamp, Pest of Show).
Sounds like a bargain at $19.98 (it’s going for $13.99 on Amazon.com). Now you have no excuse not to try some classic cartoon goodness from Universal Pictures.
Click on thumbnails above for full screen image. Mike Van Eaton just acquired these very rare cels from the Ub Iwerks studio of 1930s and wanted to share. Take a look and drool! The first is apparently a model sheet on a cel, probably created for the ink-and-paint department for reference. The one on the right comes from Aladdin and The Wonderful Lamp (1934), but strangely enough the Genie is green here, on screen he’s red (or orange). Could this have been a test cel for the ink & paint crew? That film, and the center one from The Headless Horseman (1934), were released in the two-color CineColor process. Note that Bram Bones vest is yellow, but on screen its orange. Mike is also wondering about the background:
The background on the headless horseman piece has a very strange timing bar across the bottom…almost looks like a ruler..see if you can see it in the scan. Have you ever seen anything like that? Do you know what it was used for?
Van Eaton plans to sell these in the near future. If interested contact Mike through his website.
Bob Clampett’s daughter Ruth has started a blog!
Baby Ruthy’s Blog is an extension of Ruth’s Wildsville Gallery where she sells limited edition art based on Warner Bros. and DC Comics properties (as well as Beany & Cecil originals). She plans to post a few times a week and will definitely dip into the Clampett personal archives for topics to discuss. I know several fans (including myself) who will be regularly checking in to see what Ruthy has to show and tell.
L.A. area Cartoon Brew readers are invited to attend the Asifa Hollywood membership screening of Waltz With Bashir tonight (Tuesday 12/2) at the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. If you can make it, you must call the RSVP and leave your name. I’ll be doing a Q & A with the film’s writer/director, Ari Forman, at 7pm, right before we screen the film.
Update: The screening is tonight, Tuesday, December 2, 2008 7:00 p.m. at Mann’s Chinese 6, 6801 Hollywood Blvd. in Hollywood, California. To RSVP, please call (323) 634-7031. Mention Asifa Hollywood or Cartoon Brew and you’ll get in!