NOVELTOONS Original Classics
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(Jan 01, 2012)
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
Suddenly It's Spring!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'll keep this review brief.
I don't usually talk much about the quality of a dvd, except for Cartoons as some need a re-mastered here and there, but this is one hell of... Read more
This is the nicest these cartoons have ever looked!
20 Cartoons have been restored and remastered from 35mm and 16mm film materials:
01) Cilly Goose, 1944... Read more
Thunderbean does it again! Lovingly restored vintage animation. Every animation fan should buy this. I can't wait for Thunderbean's next offering. Highly recommended.Published on June 28, 2013 by david c.
Beautiful color restorations,as viewed on my 60" Plasma Home Theater.Very good Monophonic Sound Restoration.Easy to use menu.Get this before it disappears.Published on April 7, 2013 by Warren Keats
These Noveltoon classics are probably the best quality I ever saw them. I just hope they release another collection with more of these Noveltoons, like The Little School Mouse in... Read morePublished on January 7, 2013 by William B. Clark
A great DVD , the toon are looking great. They have done a good job, All cartoon lovers should buy thi set.Published on January 1, 2013 by C Oper
The DVD is good! I like the way they re-issued it! But some of the cartoons were skipped a little bit! But then again I like the DVD! Thanks!