Friday, November 2, 2007

Funtime Bootlegs

Well, I got creative earlier today and said to myself "Hey! Maybe I can get some low-res video of some 16mms by using my MacBook"...and it worked!

First I took video from Soda Jerks, a mid-1920s Mutt & Jeff Cartoon. 1950s Astra TV print.

Second, a 30s Terrytoon bootlegged by Cinepix Inc. They used a silent Castle print as they did with all their Terrys I've seen, so they had to substitute with a Winston Sharples music track and notice the splices where the Castle intertitles would have been.
So there you have it, two vintage 1950s TV prints. Gotta love 'em!

P.S. Sorry for any cut-off portions of the picture and other inconsistencies...this is all very amateurish, but a fun way to sample some of my silents and for those of you out there who haven't had the joy; a taste of what it's like to screen 16mm prints.


Craig D said...

Cinepix passing off old, silent Castle home movies as sound cartoons to TV stations?

How cheesey is that!

If you can frame these things a little better you'll have a good system for posting low-res examples to the net. Good idea!

Marc Deckter said...

I like watching the cartoons like this - the sound of the projector reminds me that they are in fact FILMS.

Tommy José Stathes said...

Exactamundo, Marc....and it's very humbling to watch them this way. It's like going back in time!
KREGG (LOL): Yes....and I've got more like this, where Cinepix used silent prints of sound cartoons. More to come...

Marc Deckter said...

Just re-watched Soda Jerks/Soda Clerks - what a great cartoon. This is one of the most fun Mutt&Jeff's I've ever seen. Love the reactions to the syrup, the takes, and the text graphics too.

Tommy José Stathes said...

It certainly is fast-paced and exciting as far as content goes. One of several well made Mutt and Jeffs from this period.