More Cartoons for Victory!

There are several areas of animation history which still need to be throughly researched – television commercials, industrial and educational films and World War propaganda (entertainment and military, foreign and domestic). Steve Stanchfield – a champion of among animation historians for his archaeological research in locating and restoring lost cartoon prints and forgotten films – is on the front lines of this research. And with this new release, he’s done it again.

Stanchfield, through his Thunderbean Animation label, has just released a second volume of rarely seen (and literally buried) animated films: More Cartoons For Victory! These films weren’t just lost – no one even knew of the existence of some of them until Steve found them!

thunder beanAmong the gems on this set, Steve has restored several of the A Few Quick Facts series, produced as part of the Army Navy Screen Magazine. Let me tell’ya – you haven’t lived until you’ve seen Private Snafu in A Few Quick Facts about Diarrhea and Dysentery. Steve has also located rare propaganda animation from Nazi Germany as well as Italy. Most of the films here have been transferred from the original master materials at the United States National Archives, many of these films have never been available in any format to the general public.

The highlight of this collection is the beautifully restored UPA Navy cartoon The Sailor and The Seagull, (1949) directed by John Hubley, which features some of the sexiest female character animation ever created. There are lost films (featuring incredible art) from Disney, MGM, Warner Bros. and the famed First Motion Picture Unit – and in fact there is a terrific 1943 documentary about this Army Air Force unit, included here, showing exactly how our animators did their bit for the war.

Other films included are Dr. Churhkill (Italy, 1942), Did you Buy that Bond Today? (USA, 1945), Tokio Jokio (1943, Warner Brothers), Criminal at Large (USA,1945), Another Chance (Disney, 1945), Six Legged Saboteurs (Cartoon Film Ltd, 1945) – and much much more. Special bonus features include a 4-page liner notes booklet and storyboard-to-film comparisons.

Here’s a link to the Amazon.com listing. And if you haven’t bought Thunderbean’s Private Snafu Classics and Cartoons For Victory Vol. 1 – what are you waiting for. This is must-have material.

Here is a special trailer (below) Steve prepared to show of some scenes from the DVD. This You Tube video does not do the quality of this release justice. The actual DVD looks ten times better:


  • Jeff

    I wish I would have known earlier; I would have put it on my X-mas list. I guess I’ll just have to buy one for myself.

  • http://www.segaltoons.com Steve Segal

    I love Steve’s DVD’s. This era is so fascinating because all the studios had matured to their peaks and it was before budgets, changing taste, and TV caused animation to get limited. And these films were definitely not directed at children.

  • Fernando

    Nice news! Besides “The Sailor and The Seagull” there are others produced by UPA?

  • VIC JAURIQUI

    Thunderbean always releases DVD’s that are interesting to watch. This will be no exception. I just hope a NOVELTOONS, vol. 2 is forthcoming……and I’m not the only one who feels this way!

  • Robert Schaad

    Ordered!!

  • http://www.keithscott.com Keith Scott

    Just learned about this and immediately ordered – every Thunderbean release is essential to cartoon students.

  • Jim Roebuck

    I’m a little late seeing this item, and I don’t know whether anybody else will read my post, but… I think every Thunderbean release is essential to all cartoon _nuts_ (like me), whether they’re students or not. Their stuff is great. I hope they release more 1930s stuff (like Van Beuren, Fox Terry-Toons?, etc.)