Tommy Stathes
2021-01-01T19:08:42Z
Alright, it's time for the next Cartoon Roots crowdfunding project! Help make this one a reality by contributing today.






The campaign is going so well that I'm already thinking of a stretch goal for an additional project, as well. Let's see how things go. Thanks in advance for your support...

http://kck.st/2X19BdH 
Tommy Stathes
2021-01-12T17:50:34Z
We're now just a little over $2K away from our goal, which has great. Anyone at this forum still looking to pledge? I'm expecting to announce a stretch goal for a separate Cartoon Roots collection once the initial goal is met.
kazblox
2021-01-16T03:50:14Z
And with that being said, the Dinky Doodle volume is now funded with it's 266th backer, $89 well over it's $16,900 goal!
Tommy Stathes
2021-01-16T05:50:54Z
Thanks everyone! Stay tuned for a nice big stretch goal to be announced sometime soon. I will need a lot more help with it, so there's still going to be plenty of opportunity for anyone here to help if they have not done so already.
kazblox
2021-01-16T14:30:01Z
Originally Posted by: Tommy Stathes 

Thanks everyone! Stay tuned for a nice big stretch goal to be announced sometime soon. I will need a lot more help with it, so there's still going to be plenty of opportunity for anyone here to help if they have not done so already.

Cheers!
Koko and Al are ready.
S. C. MacPeter
2021-01-16T21:29:57Z
Originally Posted by: Tommy Stathes 

Thanks everyone! Stay tuned for a nice big stretch goal to be announced sometime soon. I will need a lot more help with it, so there's still going to be plenty of opportunity for anyone here to help if they have not done so already.



Planning to donate tomorrow when I get home, I can’t wait to get this one!
Tommy Stathes
2021-02-06T02:28:51Z
Update: 48 hours to go, and $3k away from the stretch goal as of this writing.
Bradskey
2021-02-07T18:11:27Z
Oops, I finally got around to backing this when I saw Leonard Maltin post about it on FB. Enjoying your latest work and looking forward to this one too.
nickramer
2021-02-08T06:43:11Z
Congrats on reaching your stretch goal!
Tommy Stathes
2021-02-09T01:41:20Z
Thanks everyone!!
S. C. MacPeter
2021-02-09T04:35:54Z
Originally Posted by: Tommy Stathes 

Thanks everyone!!



Donated last second to the effort, can't wait to see this all happen!
S. C. MacPeter
2022-08-26T02:03:19Z
For those wondering how the project is coming along without paying much attention to other areas, I recommend reading today's Kickstarter update,  detailing where each of the planned 15 films are, and some big updates! You'll even get to see a draft of the cover for Inkwell, based on a very rare Bray poster. It seems both are around 2/3rd done restoration wise, with each having a few problematic films
S. C. MacPeter
2023-12-29T01:23:58Z
Last month, Tommy gave an extensive backers-only update  that paints the two Kickstarter collections as most definitely coming out next year. Here are some photos to show just how nice the collection is coming, from a publicly available update to address two specific films (RED RIDING HOOD and ALONG CAME FIDO)


For RED RIDING HOOD, a 1920s European nitrate has replaced most of the body of the restoration, replacing a preservation 35mm with issues relating to when it was initially copied from a likely shrunken nitrate. Take a look at the difference
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For ALONG CAME FIDO, this cartoon is apart of series of nice 35mm prints with special reissue tracks available for the Pete the Pup cartoons, with the tradeoff being the left edge side. Considering the 35mm preserves more of the top and bottom than the 16mm that doesn't have too much of that missing left to begin with, this is an understandable compromise. And hey, silent reissue tracks are always fun!
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ArcLordOne
2023-12-29T17:02:36Z
It'd be fun to see this. Monetary contribution might not be much from me, though.
S. C. MacPeter
2024-01-01T16:44:36Z
You probably should of read this thread before saying that, as this is in response to a Kickstarter whose funding period was 3 years ago, and I was giving an update to forum users who may not of kept up with Tommy's latest update. That may sound like a long period, but this set, along with Back to the Inkwell, will be coming out this new year. I look forward to both very much
S. C. MacPeter
2024-02-18T01:34:35Z
Since this seems like the right place to talk about this, I'd like to say the Lantz-Bray cartoons have recently been of interest to me, and I'm glad that most of these survive (albeit out of circulation), as from what I've seen their quite entertaining. I recently received a DVD full of 1920s silents, mostly cartoons out of circulation. One of these was the Dinky PETER PAN HANDLED (to be featured on this very set!), telling the tale of Peter Pan. It came from a mid 1930s silent print that seems to of been intended as apart of a sound reissue that never got released theatrically (cropped for a track, no intertitles). Despite this, the cartoon was easy to follow

The cartoon starts with Lantz cooking some eggs for himself, plus Dinky and Weakheart to comic effect. Meanwhile, Peter Pan is outside enjoying himself to their milk bottle delivery, Lantz tries to stomp him like a bug but only catches his shadow, putting it in a safe. When the gang is asleep, Peter comes inside to recover his shadow, and then introduces himself to Dinky and Weakheart who come with him to Neverland. Instead of Tinkerbell, the boys use balloons. When they arrive in Neverland, the cartoon becomes a funny chase between the Lost Boys and Captain Hook and Smee, which eventually leads them back to Lantz's apartment where he beats the crap out of the two Pirates while the gang cheers him on. There were lots of fun gags (Limburger Cheese chasing away skunks, Smee cleaning Hook with his beard, Bear kissing Weakheart and using his nose for pool), as well as some quick little animated takes throughout for additional humor, something that was common in Lantz's silents, probably as a quick gag. A particularly good one is when Smee's beard comes off in a scene as a question mark and lands on Hook's jaw.

The print wasn't the best looking (see below), but this old blog  has many photos from the Cartoon Factory airing which should satisfy those here. Additionally, Tommy's Kickstarter updates mention that a 35mm is the primary for his restoration, which'll be nice to see soon

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Additionally, I've gotten to see DINKY DOODLE IN EGYPT from another source. After Lantz leaves them to clean at home to go to a party, the primary action takes place in a Chariot Race between Dinky and a mummy (parodying the recent BEN HUR) for an Egyptian princess' hand. It was an even funnier cartoon, lots of good gags and funny drawings. It was even better than PAN HANDLED and the animation was a notable step up, feeling a bit more looser and flexible. I can't wait for more of these to be available if they maintain a good average like these entries!
nickramer
2024-02-20T15:33:48Z
Any set month/day for the Blu-ray/DVD's release date?
Tommy Stathes
2024-02-21T01:43:22Z
Originally Posted by: nickramer 

Any set month/day for the Blu-ray/DVD's release date?



No. It's virtually impossible to predict that for one of these projects. When they wrap, they wrap and that's about as good as it can get. Progress is thankfully continuing as we speak and there will be a new Kickstarter update fairly soon!