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THE PUPPETOON MOVIE
VOLUME 2 BLU-RAY + DVD


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Featuring Many MORE Never Before Seen or Released Puppetoons!

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Coming from Producer-Director Arnold Leibovit The Puppetoon Movie ~ Volume 1 (2015), The Time Machine (2002) Dreamworks Pictures-Warner Bros. ~ See IMDB Details.

The Puppetoon Movie Volume 2 will be an historic collector edition comprised of at least 25 more digitally restored Puppetoons in 2K High Defintion; color corrected from 35mm nitrate IB Technicolor prints** ~ many never seen or released before!

Academy Award winning genius George Pal created a series of stop motion animated shorts in the 1930's and 1940's which he labeled Puppetoons. Brilliant even by today's standards, they must be seen to be believed!

Your invaluable contribution will make it possible to preserve the legacy of these timeless works before the original prints are lost forever due to the ravages of time.


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FINALIZED

    Radio Valve Revolution (1934) The Philips Company

    Ship of the Ether (1934) The Philips Company

    Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (1935) Sandor Szlatinay,Uray Dezso

    La Plus Grande Attraction (1935) The Philips Company
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    In Lamp Light Land (1935) The Philips Company

    Charlie's World Cruise (1936) The Philips Company

    Ethersymphony (1936) The Philips Company

    On Parade (1936) Horlicks-GlaxoSmithKline

    What Ho She Bumps (1937) Horlicks-GlaxoSmithKline

    De Reddingbrigade (1937) Royal KPN Telecommunication Co.

    Love on the Range (1938) Horlicks-GlaxoSmithKline

    The Ballet of Red Radio Valves (1938) The Philips Company

    Sky Pirates (1938) Horlicks-GlaxoSmithKline

    How An Advertising Poster Came About (1938) Koninklijke Verkade

    Aladdin and The Magic Lamp (1939) The Philips Company

    Vriend in Nood (1940) Bio Vacantieoord

    Hoola Boola (1941) Paramount Pictures

    Jasper and the Haunted House (1942) Paramount Pictures

    Jasper's Derby (1946) Paramount Pictures

    Wilbur the Lion (1946) Paramount Pictures

    Romeow and Julicat (Variety Girl 1947) NBC Universal Pictures

    Sweet Pacific (1947) Peter Paul

    The Tool Box (1971) ABC-CBS Television


UNFINALIZED*

    Dipsy Gypsy (1941) Paramount Pictures

    Gay Knighties (1941) Paramount Pictures

    Bravo Mr. Strauss (1943) Paramount Pictures

    Good Night Rusty (1943) Paramount Pictures

    Jasper Goes Hunting (1943) Paramount Pictures (Bugs Bunny Cameo)

    Two-Gun Rusty (1944) Paramount Pictures

    A Hatful of Dreams (1944) Paramount Pictures (Superman Cameo)

    Jasper's Close Shave (1945) Paramount Pictures

Audio commentary by Arnold Leibovit and Warner Bros. Animation Historian Jerry Beck


©™ Arnold Leibovit

Presented with the gracious support and cooperation of Mrs. George Pal, Duke Goldstone, Paramount Pictures, NBC Universal Pictures, The Library of Congress, UCLA Film & Television Archive, Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, EYE Filmmuseum, Dutch Institute for Sound and Vision, The British Film Institute, J. Walter Thompson, The Philips Company, GlaxoSmithKline Beecham Foods, KPN Telecommunications, Bio Vacantieoord, Koninklijke Verkade United Biscuits, Miles Laboratories, Mrs. Maria Cooper, Chris Cooper, F. Alexander von (Sandor) Szlatinay, Mark Kausler, Tim Romano


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*Contemplated Schedule

Finalized Titles Volume 2 @ $95USD Donation:

  • 150 contributions begins color correction, start of restorations
  • Next 100 contributions further restorations
  • Next 100 contributions authoring, mastering, packaging duplication Blu-ray DVD
  • Next 100 contributions distribution/further marketing

Unfinalized Titles Volume 3 or Bonus Disc @ $95USD Donation:

  • Next 450 contributions would allow for further rights negotiation and possible completion Unfinalized titles. There is no guarantee rights can be secured.

- Packaging displayed on this page may not be identical to the final version
- Some subjects listed may not be included due to rights, costs or quality issues
- Once sufficient funds are raised, we estimate a 1 year timeline for the completion of Finalized titles and another 1 year time for Unfinalized titles if rights can be secured


MORE DETAILS

The Puppetoon Movie ~ Volume 2 Blu-ray + DVD will be comprised of numerous Puppetoons kept from the public eye for more than 80 years! They will be digitally restored in 2K High Definition, guaranteed to be a visual feast for the eyes and ears

In the annals of Hollywood, George Pal will always be remembered as a titan, a brilliant visionary who profoundly shaped the art of motion pictures. As an animator, Pal was a pioneer of stop-motion animation known as Puppetoons™ and a peer of Walt Disney and Walter Lantz. In the 1950's as a producer and director of live-action films, he brought to the screen such classics as H.G. Wells The War of the Worlds and The Time Machine. Pal's cinematic legacy can be traced today in the works of George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Gene Roddenberry, The Walt Disney Studios, Pixar, Tim Burton and dozens of others.


George Pal seated in The Time Machine

THE NEED FOR FUNDING

Following the acclaimed The Puppetoon Movie ~ Volume 1 Blu-ray & DVD, this ambitious second volume preservation requires outside funding sources such as this. The successful completion of an unprecedented second volume will make it possible for many more ground breaking Puppetoons to be seen and appreciated for the first time and for generations to come.


The Puppetoon Movie ~ Volume 1: Best disc 2013 - DVD Savant, World Cinema Paradise,
DVD Talk, Animated Views, High Def Digest

Cost of Rights, Digital Restoration - The more money we raise, the more films we can include in this collection. We hope to release at least 25 short subjects. The 2K High Definition scanning, restoration, color correction, authoring, packaging plus production costs of a Blu-ray + DVD combo can cost well over $50,000 so we will try to do as many titles as funding allows. Licensing, 2K digitizing/scanning can cost $25,000 alone. From there preservation, restoration, color correction, authoring, mastering, packaging takes place with an estimated cost of around $25,000. The more contributions we receive the better chance of meeting the immediate goal. We can then begin efforts for a Bonus Disc or The Puppetoon Movie ~ Volume 3 in our ongoing efforts to preserve most of these timeless masterpieces.

Mastering Costs - Each film will be newly transferred in 2K HD from the original 35mm Nitrate IB Technicolor or similar quality print derived from eye-popping 3 Strip Technicolor successive negatives. Once the films are scanned & digitized, separate soundtracks are put in sync with picture, then each print undergoes a thorough mastering process, which includes scene-by-scene color correction (to balance the brightness and contrast), digital dirt/debris removal, image stabilization plus conversions, if necessary, from a variety of different formats.

Liner Notes Booklet - the Blu-ray + DVD will include liner notes with archival photographs along with an essay by Warner Bros. Animation Historian Jerry Beck and Producer-Curator Arnold Leibovit.

George Pal receiving Academy Award for Puppetoons (1943)

George Pal was born into a Hungarian theatrical family. His interest turned from the stage to architecture then cartoon drawings then film animation. A bit of the gypsy, Pal first set up animation shop in Berlin, Germany then Praque, Czechoslovakia, on to Paris, France, the Netherlands and finally the United States always staying one step ahead of the Nazi regime.

It was in Eindhoven, Holland where Pal was to first create some of the most dazzling cinematic visions in the form of a beautiful series of satiric, musical short subject commercials dubbed Puppetoons utilizing thousands of meticulously crafted wooden puppets and Technicolor stop-action photography to create three-dimensional animation the likes of which the world had never seen before. Animated figures gracefully twirl, bend, march, squash, fly, sing and dance in fabled stories of music and fantasy.

Pal pioneered Replacement Figure animation where a different hand sculpted wood puppet was made for each of the 12,000 frames of film or 5,000 figures resulting in fluid movements few other techniques can compare. (Above from The Philips Broadcast of 1938)

Philips Broadcast of 1938 figure in action


ABOUT THE TEAM

Arnold Leibovit (Producer-Director-Curator): Producer Dreamworks/Warner Bros. The Time Machine (2002) Guy Pearce, Jeremy Irons, Special Effects ILM/Digital Domain/Stan Winston; Director-Producer The Fantasy Film Worlds of George Pal (1986) Charlton Heston, Tony Curtis, Janet Leigh, Rod Taylor, Tony Randall, Barbara Eden, Russ Tamblyn, Ray Harryhausen, Ray Bradbury, Gene Roddenberry, Joe Dante, Robert Wise, Roy E. Disney, premiere The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences; Directed-Producer The Puppetoon Movie (1987) Gumby & Pokey, premiere first American Film Institute Film Festival; Assistant Editor The Funhouse (1981) Director Tobe Hooper (Universal Pictures); Associate Director-Editor Rascal Dazzle Our Gang Comedies (1980) Jerry Lewis, George Spanky McFarland, Carl Alfalfa Switzer, Composer Nelson Riddle (King World Productions); Director Penny Lane (1975); Director Judgment: An Essay on War (1974); Director The Fatherland (1973) (Whitney Museum of Art New American Filmmakers Series) Production Executive Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? (1983) Broadway Musical Comedy (Mavin Productions); Director Neil Simon's Star Spangled Girl Neil Simon Comedy Festival (2005). Awards: George Pal Memorial Award The Saturn Academy of Science Fiction and Fantasy; CINE Golden Eagles; International Film & TV Festival; Award of Excellence Film Advisory Board, others; Producers Council Producers Guild of America. Other: Producer The Time Machine Soundtrack (1988) Composer Russell Garcia; Producer The Fantasy Film Music of George Pal (2004) MGM/Warner Bros. (1958-1975).



Mrs. George Pal and Arnold Leibovit at The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Premiere The Fantasy Film Worlds of George Pal (1986)



Arnold Leibovit guest hosts with Ben Mankiewicz on Turner Classic Movies
2 Day George Pal Tribute Oct 11 & Oct 12, 2017

Jerry Beck (Consultant, Animation Historian, President ASIFA): his fifteen books on the subject include The Animated Movie Guide, Looney Tunes: The Ultimate Visual Guide and The 50 Greatest Cartoons. He is a former studio exec with Nickelodeon and Disney, and is currently a consulting producer to Warner Bros., Shout Factory for their classic animation DVD compilations. Beck has curated animation retrospectives and animator tributes for the Annecy and Ottawa Animation Festivals, The Museum of Modern Art and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. He has taught animation history at NYU, SVA, the AFI and UCLA. He is currently teaching Animation History at Woodbury University in Burbank, California and Cal Arts. Beck started his career in film distribution, working at MGM/UA, Orion Classics, Cannon Films and Expanded Entertainment (Tournee of Animation), before starting his own company, Streamline Pictures in 1989. Beck was instrumental in launching Animation Magazine, and has written for The Hollywood Reporter and Variety . He co-created Cartoon Brew and co-wrote that blog for nine years. Today he is the editor of two websites, Animation Scoop and Cartoon Research.


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