Coming from Producer-Director Arnold Leibovit, producer of The Puppetoon Movie ~ Volume 1 (2015),
and The Time Machine (2002, Dreamworks Pictures-Warner Bros.) ~
See IMDB for Details.
The Puppetoon Movie Volume 2 will be an historic collector's edition comprised of
at least 15 UNCUT digitally restored Puppetoons in 2K High Definition. All films will be from original 35mm Nitrate IB Technicolor prints, or the original
Three-Strip Technicolor successive negatives ~ many never seen and all never released before on home video.
Academy Award-winning genius George Pal created a series of stunning stop motion animated shorts
films circa 1932-1947 which he called Puppetoons. Brilliant even by today's standards...these Puppetoons must be seen to be believed!
Your invaluable donations will make it possible to
preserve the legacy of these timeless works before the original prints and negatives are lost forever.
VOLUME 2 (as of July 2019)
© 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
Volume 2 @ $100USD Donation:
- First stage contributions begun scans, restorations, clean, color correction [Underway!]
- Second stage contributions begun with further restorations, clean up, color correction begin Blu-ray DVD
authoring, mastering [Underway!]
- Third stage contributions ongoing with rights for subjects, scans, clean up, restoration, color correction, authoring, duplication, packaging [Underway!]
Volume 3 @ $100USD Donation:
- Volume 3 will require $15,000 separate funding effort to complete. Some titles have been scanned while others have not and some require rights
clearances. Some may come from proceeds, if any, from Volume 2 after recoupment of $30,000
- 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
- While sufficient funds have yet to be raised, we have nonetheless moved ahead to restore a twenty or more subjects with 2020 timeline for completion.
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 are being digitally restored in
2K High Definition, will be Uncut, and are guaranteed to be a visual feast for the eyes.
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.
In the 1950s, 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 seen 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, Volume 2 is an ambitious effort requiring outside funding.
Upon its successful completion, this historic set will make possible many more
ground-breaking Puppetoons to be seen and appreciated for the first time in generations.
The Puppetoon Movie ~ Volume 1: Best disc of 2013
- DVD Savant, World Cinema Paradise,
DVD Talk, Animated Views, High Def Digest
Money raised in this campaign will go toward these necessary costs:
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 15 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.
We will try to do as many titles as funding allows, so we will be relying on your help to include as many films as possible.
Licensing and 2K digitizing/scanning can cost $25,000 alone. From there,
preservation, restoration, color correction, authoring, mastering and 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 work on a Bonus Disc or
The Puppetoon Movie ~ Volume 3 in our ongoing mission 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 Three-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 and image stabilization, plus conversions, if necessary, from a variety of different
Liner Notes Tri-Fold Insert Brochure - the Blu-ray + DVD will
include liner notes by Animation Historian Jerry Beck and Producer-Director Arnold Leibovit plus rare photographs.
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, and then on to Paris, France and the Netherlands, and finally the
United States always staying one step ahead of the Nazi regime.
Pal pioneered replacement figure animation, where up to
5,000 different hand-sculpted wooden puppets could be created for a single film, for which 12,000 frames had to be shot.
This resulted in exceptionally fluid movement to which few other techniques can compare. (Pictured The Philips Broadcast
It was in Eindhoven, Holland where Pal was to first create some of
history's the most dazzling cinematic visions in the form of a beautiful series of satiric, musical short subject commercials dubbed
Puppetoons. His Puppetoons utilized thousands of meticulously crafted wooden puppets and Technicolor stop motion
photography to create three-dimensional animation, the likes of which the world had never seen before. Animated figures
gracefully twirled, bent, marched, squashed, flew, sang and danced in fabled stories of music and fantasy.
Philips Broadcast of 1938 figure in action
ABOUT THE TEAM
Arnold Leibovit (Producer-Director-Curator): Producer The Time Machine
(2002) starring Guy Pearce and Jeremy Irons, Special Effects by ILM/Digital Domain/Stan Winston (Dreamworks/Warner Bros.); Director-Producer of
The Fantasy Film Worlds of George Pal (1986) featuring 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, premiering at The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences; Directed-Producer The Puppetoon
Movie (1987) starring Gumby & Pokey, premiere at the 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) with 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 at the 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 of
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 animation 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. and 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.
David Shepard (late great film preservationist) and Steve Stanchfield
Steve Stanchfield is a noted animator, educator and film
archivist. He has generously offered his assistance and invaluable support. His background includes operating Thunderbean Animation,
in Michigan, which has produced numerous archival animation DVD collections. Steve is also a professor
at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit.
Tim Romano owner RGT Archives, has now also graciously offered his assistance. Tim has been a Film-Video Producer/Director, Film Archivist & Preservationist for the past 40 years. His eclectic talents include: Film Restoration, Digitizations, Stock Footage,
I.A.T.S.E. Member Chapter 251 as Stage Hand and Film Projectionist since 1983 for the Duck Soup Cinema in Madison, Wisconsin plus works with numerous
Theater and Motion Picture venues including The Marcus Theater, The Overture Center for the Performing Arts, The Capitol Theater, University of Wisconsin Communication Arts, The Orpheum Theater, The Madison Ballet,
The Golden Sports TV Network, The Wisconsin Film Festival and many others.