Thanks to dbear for bringing the following video to attention in the YouTube thread. I think the video's worth discussing in its own thread.
There's a few interesting details. There's a brief clip from the Oswald short Hungry Hobos
and Theo Gluck mentions that they have 17 or 18 of the Disney Oswalds now, which sounds about right (as much as I might wish they'd secretly found all of them!).
However, the video also confirms something annoying. Disney are "restoring" the opening titles to their cartoons not through careful research (i.e locating original release prints and/or original artwork), but by designing completely new titles based on guess work.
Theo Glick shows two examples of newly "recreated" (actually newly designed) titles – The Band Concert
and On Ice
. While the new titles look nice, frustratingly neither of them look nothing like the originals even though research has been publsihed by other individuals so we know what they *should* look like.
For The Band Concert
a new design has been made based on the title card for Mickey's Polo Team
. David Gerstein has already revelaed (in an article which I believe was published on Disney's D23 website) the original titles for The Band Concert
, including an image of frames from an original print and information on where it was located (I think it was the Library of Congress).
For On Ice
a new illustrated title card has been made, based on Disney cartoon artwork of the time, but apparently not on research into what the original design may have actually looked like. In this case, the artwork for what was likely the original card (I suppose there is a chance it wasn't actually used) was published in the book The Art of Walt Disney
by Christopher Finch.
It's funny because a joke is made in the presentation, "The internet is full of people who know better than all of us". This post makes me one of "those" people, but those title cards (which have taken some effort) are clearly wrong.