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Special Collector's Edition
THE PUPPETOON MOVIE
VOLUME 2 BLU-RAY + DVD


Please Join Us In This Historic Preservation
Featuring Many MORE Rarely Seen Puppetoons
never before released on home video!

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The Puppetoon Movie ~ Volume 1 ~ Montage Sample Restoration


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.


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VOLUME 2 (as of July 2019)

    ANNOUNCING! Dipsy Gypsy (1941) Paramount Pictures

    Radio Valve Revolution (1934) The Philips Company

    Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (1935) A Slatinay Production

    ANNOUNCING! A Hatful of Dreams (1944) Paramount Pictures

    Rescue Brigade (1937) KPN Telecommunications/PTT

    In Lamp Light Land (1935) The Philips Company

    ANNOUNCING! Jasper and the Choo-Choo (1937) Paramount Pictures

    Love on the Range (1938) Horlicks-GlaxoSmithKline

    ANNOUNCING! The Gay Knighties (1941) Paramount Pictures

    How An Advertising Poster Came About (1938) Royal Verkade

    ANNOUNCING! Jasper Goes Hunting (1943) Paramount Pictures

    ANNOUNCING! Good Night Rusty (1943) Paramount Pictures

    Sky Pirates (1938) Horlicks-GlaxoSmithKline

    TBD Jasper Tell TBD (1943) Paramount Pictures

    Ship of the Ether (1934) The Philips Company

    ANNOUNCING! Two Gun Rusty (1944) Paramount Pictures

    Wilbur the Lion (1946) Paramount Pictures

    ANNOUNCING! Jasper's Close Shave (1945) Paramount Pictures


    ANNOUNCING! ~ THE PUPPETOON MOVIE VOLUME 3
    Additional Funding Required

      TBD Western Daze TBD (1941) Paramount Pictures

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

      World's Greatest Show (1935) The Philips Company
      (Picture Coming Soon)

      ANNOUNCING! Bravo Mr. Strauss (1943) Paramount Pictures

      TBD Hotlip Jasper TBD (1946) Paramount Pictures

      Charlie's World Cruise (1936) The Philips Company

      On Parade (1936) Horlicks-GlaxoSmithKline

      Aladdin and The Magic Lamp (1939) The Philips Company

      ANNOUNCING! Jasper's Music Lesson (1943) Paramount Pictures

      Sweet Pacific (1947) Peter Paul

      Romeow and Julicat (Variety Girl 1947) NBC Universal Pictures

      Friend in Need (1940)

      ANNOUNCING! Jasper's Paradise (1944) Paramount Pictures

      Hoola Boola (1941) Paramount Pictures

      Ethersymphony (1936) The Philips Company

      ANNOUNCING! Shoe Shine Jasper (1947) Paramount Pictures

      What Ho She Bumps (1937) Horlicks-GlaxoSmithKline

      The Tool Box (1971) ABC-CBS Television

      ANNOUNCING! The Truck That Flew (1943) Paramount Pictures



©™ 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

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.


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 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 formats.

Liner Notes Tri-Fold Insert Brochure - the Blu-ray + DVD will include liner notes by 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.

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.

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 of 1938)

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

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.


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