Monday, August 27, 2007

The Lost Columbia Cartoons - Spark Plug

It's been a very busy couple of months for yours truly, hence the irregular posting, for which I apologise. But over here in Blighty, we had a bank holiday weekend, which allowed me the time to do something special - another cartoon reconstruction!

This "lost" Columbia cartoon (released 12th April 1936) features Barney Google's attempt to win a derby with his horse, Spark Plug (ain't that a great name?). It is the third of the four Barney Google cartoons that Charles Mintz produced, and is IMHO the best one the Screen Gems studio did.

This apparantly survives in the Columbia archives as a 16mm B&W print, but I was able to do a virtual reconstruction using three silent home-movie prints, using the redrawn version as a template. A few brief missing scenes here and there, but nothing greatly vital to the story. In fact, the redrawn version also has a few missing scenes that are present in my version.

This version will be available on this blog for two months. Yep, you read that right (lol!). Enjoy!

Spark Plug
Uploaded by ldglover

Monday, August 13, 2007

The Lost Columbia Cartoons - Mysto Fox

Apologies for the long delay in posting.

Mysto Fox (released 29th August 1947) is the only Fox & Crow cartoon not currently existing in its original form. The soundtrack of this cartoon is what apparantly survives in the Columbia archives, but it does exist among collectors as a 16mm B&W television print without any opening & closing titles.

I'm proud to present the complete surviving print, available to view on this blog for four weeks:

Mysto Fox
Uploaded by ldglover