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NOVELTOONS Original Classics

4.7 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

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When Paramount removed Max Fleischer (Betty Boop, Popeye) from control of the Fleischer cartoon studio in 1942, the future looked grim. But under the new name of Famous Studios, a core group of artists kept at work-and brought a crazy cast of characters to life in Noveltoons, an unforgettable one-shot series.
Now 20 of these classics are back, digitally restored and remastered from original 35mm and 16mm film materials-brighter and more colorful than they've looked in decades. Famous stars like Raggedy Ann, Herman the Mouse, Blackie Sheep, and Baby Huey pop right off the screen... with anvils and shotguns in hand!

Bonus features include commentaries by animators and animation historians; galleries of original art and ads; vintage storyboards and more.

Cartoons included on this set:

Cilly Goose, Suddenly It's Spring, Yankee Doodle Donkey, Scrappily Married, A Lamb in a Jam, Cheese Burglar, Sudden Fried Chicken, Stupidstitious Cat, Enchanted Square, Much Ado About Mutton, Quack-a-Doodle-Do, The Wee Men, Naughty But Mice, Flip Flap, The Bored Cuckoo, Teacher's Pest, Leprechaun's Gold, Ups and Downs Derby, Pleased to Eat You and Saved By the Bell.

Product Details

  • Actors: Herman & Henry, Raggedy Ann, Spunky Cilly Goose, Buzzy the Crow, Blackie Sheep, Baby Huey, Raggedy Ann
  • Directors: Bill Tytla, Jim Tyer, Seymour Kneitel, Myron Waldman, Izzy Sparber
  • Producers: Thunderbean Animation (compilation), Famous Studios
  • Format: Animated, Color, Mono, NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: Thunderbean
  • Run Time: 150.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006YTL3W0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,451 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Crank up the old Jack-in-the-box! Thunderbean's "Noveltoons: Original Classics" is here, and it's a gem of a collection.

It's pretty ironic that a cartoon studio bearing the moniker "Famous" produced so many shorts and characters that weren't. They were better known for Popeye, Superman and Casper the Ghost, but they also churned out a number of other creations like Herman the Mouse and Baby Huey, not to mention hordes of one-shot wonders.

Most of these miscellaneous shorts were released under the banner of the "Noveltoons" series. Famous Studios was formed in 1942 in the aftermath of some bitter business between Max and Dave Fleischer and distributor Paramount Pictures, so most of the staff from the original Fleischer studio remained. Many of them were master animators who had been in the game since the silent days, and it's interesting to see what they came up with when they weren't just making more Popeye or Superman shorts.

Not surprisingly, the animation in most of the Noveltoons is top notch, especially in the earlier entries. The art of Dave Tendlar, John Gentilella, Isadore Sparber, Seymour Kneitel, and Dan Gordon shines, as does that of Jim Tyer, one of the wackiest animators ever to pick up a pencil. It's nice to see these films with their original credits restored so that these artists can be appreciated by name.

Another aspect of the Noveltoons that really stands out is the voice acting. Sadly, it appears that Paramount, like many cartoon producers, had no interest in giving the actors credit. But they're good ones: Jackson Beck (who voiced Bluto in the Popeye shorts), Jack Mercer (Popeye), Sid Raymond, and Arnold Stang, among others. Composer Winston Sharples provides great musical scores as well.
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I've been accumulating a decent amount of classic animation over the years. In all of my searches, it all comes back to the same few that offer only the best. One of these select few is Thunderbean.

I ordered this DVD on a Sunday and it arrived in PA (from MI I believe) the following Friday AM (the day I am writing this). I've already watched it and it is everything I'd hoped it would be. Steve & company don't just compile the best of what they find and offer it to the public - they painstakingly make it SO MUCH BETTER.

For those of you familiar with the Thunderbean Animation products - well, you're not reading this because you know what to expect. For those of you unfamiliar - this is not a run-of-the-mill public domain collection. This is a collection of hard to find masters beautifully restored to as close to the original productions as you will ever find them (perfect in my opinion).

This is a collectors' collection. I can't top that last statement.
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Finally! After years of spending in the PD with terrible picture quality, Thunderbean now brings you it's very own release of Noveltoons!! In this release you'll find or rediscover the forgotten classics from Famous Studios (better known for Popeye after the Fleischer era) with characters like Blackie the Sheep, Baby Huey, Herman the Mouse, Raggedy Ann, and Buzzy Crow. The cartoons on this set have been digitally restored and remastered from the best 16mm and 3mm IB Technicolor prints and they look so good, so colorful, your eyes will pop knowing you haven't seen Noveltoons or Famous Studio cartoons like this before! It's a must for Famous Studios/Noveltoons/Harveytoons fans!
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As a fan of classic animation, I have always regarded the Noveltoons as a "guilty pleasure." Produced by Paramount's cartoon studio (post-Max Fleischer), these cartoons never had the prestige, class or wit of those from Disney, Warner Bros. or M-G-M. But they did find their own niche; they don't make cartoons like these any more. Included are a selection of 20 cartoons originally released between 1942 and 1950, featuring Herman the mouse, Baby Huey, Blackie the lamb, Spunky the donkey, Raggedy Ann and more. Some of these characters may seem familiar; many of the studio's post-1950 cartoons were later sold to Harvey Comics and became known as Harveytoons. The 1940s Noveltoons have never had an "official" DVD release, but several have appeared in random public domain collections of variable audio-visual quality; you may have seen several of these cartoons before, but here they look and sound better than ever, newly remastered from vintage 35mm and 16mm film materials. It's like seeing them again for the first time and is as close to "restored" as they're likely to get. As the back cover states, the characters "pop right off the screen...with anvils and shotguns in hand!" In fact, it's quite possible that Herman and Katnip may have inspired The Simpsons' Itchy & Scratchy; the violence is only a slight exaggeration. If you count yourself as a fan of vintage Hollywood cartoons from the golden age of animation, treat yourself to some pure, unadulterated, no-holds-barred fun the way it used to be. There are also some great extras, including vintage animation art, storyboards from the Baby Huey cartoon "Quack-A Doodle Doo," and commentaries on selected cartoons by Jerry Beck and other animation historians. Highly recommended.

Cartoons included:

Cilly Goose
Suddenly It's Spring!
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