I don’t know why, but it seems like there’s always a Thunderbean Thursday post on Thanksgiving! ??
In semi-Thunderbean news:
This Saturday, I’m happy to be hosting (along with John Monahan) this year’s edition of the Redford Theatre Classic Cartoon Festival. It’s a fun event, and, as usual, we’ll be showing 35mm as well as digital presentations.
Here’s info on the event.
Now, back to Thanksgiving:
If you’re inclined to eat Turkey this thanksgiving, here’s an advert to encourage you to buy Butterball:
And, of course, we have no real choice but to watch this Famous Studio classic:
I’ve used this space on Thanksgiving’s past to talk a little bit about the things I’m especially thankful for; in looking back over the years I realize there’s so many people and I’m very grateful for, and it seems like it’s a good time to recap the year in thanks. Feel free to post what you’re thankful for as well this year.First, I want to thank our fearless leader, Jerry Beck. You’re one of the toughest and most energetic people I’ve ever met, beyond belief at times. More than any other person, you’ve helped to preserve classic animation and championed so many projects, through all means, regardless of personal gain. Thanks for you and for being a true believer.
I want to thank Mark Kausler for his continued support of so many projects over the years that have helped to make classic animated films accessible as well as invaluable help on nearly every Thunderbean project. I’m looking forward to hearing your Walter Brennen impressions the next time I’m in LA, and, if we’re lucky, maybe finally getting access to those things we’ve all been trying to make accessible all these years. We’re all fellow vinegar fighters at this point.I truly want to thank the animation and film collectors, the collectors and fans of the Thunderbean stuff, and collaborators for putting up with me this year! It’s been an especially hard and busy one, with many things slipping through the cracks and being behind in general, but I think it’s important to publicly acknowledge my appreciation for all the support and help through this year. It’s truly a labor of love all around; I’m very happy to be part of the community and appreciate so much all the help I’ve had to get these things where they are. Thanks.
Thanks also to Serge Bromberg of Lobster Films. It’s taking a long time to finish *all* of these things, but I feel we’re really getting them right, and, in that way, doing a service to the original creators and their wonderful imaginations. I’m so happy to be working with Serge on these projects.I’m also very thankful for Kevin Wollenweber. His ability to keep the cartoon faith all these years inspires me throughout the projects. Even with sight impairment he truly sees and enjoys these classic films. I especially pay attention to sound as well now as I work on these sets, largely from you talking about your enjoyment of the soundtracks. Thanks for all your wonderful personal emails and comments all these years.
I want to thank my high school art teachers this year: Steve Perry, for encouraging my short films and listening to be talk endlessly about 1930s animation, and Cary Culbertson, who introduced me to film language and the love and enjoyment of film as art. High school teachers don’t often know their impact; I can truly say I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing without your care and guidance.
I’d like to thank recent collaborators Chris Buchman, Rex Schneider and Dennis Atkinson. Your lifelong love of films is being passed on to both new and old fans through your efforts.
Lastly, I’m especially grateful for so many friends that I’ve met in one way or another through Thunderbean, friends and colleagues at the school, and for so many talented students. I’m especially grateful for my best friends who put up with everything with less than a full eye roll; I appreciate you all!
Have a Happy Thanksgiving all!