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.
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
(Picture Coming Soon)
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
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
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
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,
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.
DVD Talk, Animated Views, High Def Digest
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
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.