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Friday, December 4th, 2015

REFPACK 007: Gran’Pop Monkey Cartoon


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Gran'Pop Monkey Cartoons

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Cartoon Films Ltd. (1940)

When Ub Iwerks decided to end his contract with Columbia Pictures and turn the reins of his studio over to Paul Fennell, there was initially a scramble to drum up work to keep the studio afloat. The result of this effort was the creation of three of the rarest and most obscure cartoons in the history of the studio… "A Busy Day", "Baby Checkers" and "Beauty Shoppe". The films were based on the popular monkey illustrations by Lawson Wood that adorned magazine covers and calendars in both the US and the UK, and were part of a brief period where the newly renamed Cartoon Films Ltd. had co-production deals with producers in Britain. (See the "This Changing World" series in our last reference pack for more films that were trans-Atlantic co-productions.)

Iwerks had decided to return to Disney, so it’s likely that he had no hand in these films- Fennell took on the directors’ duties. These three shorts were mentioned in trade magazines at the time, but for many years they were thought to be lost. Animation Resources Advisory Board member, Steve Stanchfield discovered several fragments of prints, in both two color and B&W and reconstructed the complete cartoons from the fragments. Because of the ephemeral nature of these films, these prints may be the last surviving copies of these films in existence. Animation Resources thanks Steve Stanchfield for sharing these with us.

REFPACK007: Gran’Pop Monkey Cartoons (1940)
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Monday, November 30th, 2015

REFPACK 007: Campbells Soup Commercial Reel


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Campbells Soup Commercial Reel

Campbells Soup Commercial Reel
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Paul Fennell Studios (ca. mid-1950s)

We continue our series of commercial reels from the Paul Fennell Studios with another great reel of commercials from the early days of television. This batch features the Campbells Kids in a variety of themes from old West to pirates to Pilgrims. It may be a little off-putting to hear the same jingle over and over, but remember that these commercials were probably featured one at a time in a weekly television series, so original viewers wouldn’t be quite so overloaded with soup!

These commercials were directed by Paul Fennell and designed by Ed Benedict in the mid-1950s. At the end of the reel is a surprise- a full color Campbells Soup commercial that may very likely be the first color animated television commercial ever aired. The first color TV broadcast was in 1951, but the technology didn’t become prevalent until the early 1960s. Throughout the 1950s, broadcasters dabbled in color but in October of 1954, the anthology program "Ford Theater" became the first series to air in color. My educated guess is that the color Campbells commercial was produced to air with that series. These rare commercials have not been seen since they originally aired, and we thank the family of Paul Fennell for sharing them with us.

REFPACK007: Campbells Soup Commercials
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Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

MEMBERS ONLY: Tuberculosis Industrial Film (1945)


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Tuberculosis Industrial Film

Tuberculosis: You Can Help
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Paul Fennell Studios (ca. 1945)

Industrial films are fascinating to study. Their primary purpose was to educate and inform, but they also needed to hold the audience’s interest. Animation provided the perfect balance of function and fun. These films were designed with a very specific audience in mind, and were ephemeral films- after their audience had been reached with the message, the films were no longer needed. For this reason, only a small fraction of the number of industrial films produced over the years survive. Budgets were very low and schedules were short. Dialogue, music and design had to carry the show.

REFPACK003: TUBERCULOSIS
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