“Scrappy’s Big Moment” (1935)

Scrappy is probably featured here on Thunderbean Thursdays more than any other character, so far be it from me to break that trend! I’ve scanned a lot of Scrappy’s over these years — mostly my own prints, but other collector’s prints as well. Let’s hope that some day there will be a Scrappy Blu-ray. So–on with the show…

But first! Some news from the Thunderbean dungeons (or “house” in this case):

We’re trying to get Mid Century Modern 3 out the door still! It’s done — but we’re working the finances to cover the replication. Heavy work continues on the Rainbow Parades, Volume 2 set. Here’s Luke Virgin working on Felix and the Goose that Laid the Golden Egg, a title near and dear to him that I promise he’d get to work on.

There’s lots of good things brewing at Thunderbean right now; as soon as we’re through the Rainbow 2 set we’ll be concentrating on the Lou Bunin collection and Iwerks’ Comi-Color, Volume 1. I love these projects and am having a great time working on them.

Over the weekend was the Columbus Moving Picture Show, the continuation of the long-running Cinevent show. It was great catching up with a lot of old friends, and some newer ones as well. Here’s some of us at the show:

Dan O’Shannon, me, Jerry, Michael Schlesinger and Nick Santa Maria

As I’m writing this, there’s a render going on on this computer for a film I’m working on for Tommy Stathes’ Cartoons on Film label. The collaborations over the years with Tom date back ten years now, with the results — and standards — getting better and better. The search for quality goes well beyond just finding a film, scanning and cleaning it up a bit; they usually involve finding just the right elements, and frequently combining all the best prints to make the most complete version. I really admire both the search for the kind of quality results we’re getting on these titles, and the collaboration to be able to achieve the results. It’s improved the quality of what I do as well since a new set of standards required further work to achieve. I can’t wait for these titles to be completed. When the time is right, I’m sure Tommy will talk more about them here on Cartoon Research. I’m thrilled to be able to lend a hand on the projects.

Some news at the Thunderbean Shop: We’ve got a 20% off sale going on through the end of the month (so today and tomorrow are the last days!). We also have a new ‘Special Set’ called All Original Title Cards, featuring some really cool material. All at Thunderbeanshop.com.

…and now — onto today’s cartoon: Scrappy’s Big Moment (1935)

Quite honestly, this really isn’t a great one. You all know that I’m a Scrappy die-hard, so, even though it isn’t a top cartoon, it’s not terrible either, and the animation quality itself is sort of enough to keep our interest through the picture. The title is sort of a misnomer though— it’s sort of Oopy’s big moment in the actual film more than Scrappy’s.

We start out with Scrappy happily training in their gym with his little brother. Their rivalry results in concussions for both of them, leading to a shared fever dream (ala Sandman Tales) featuring Scrappy fighting the then-famous boxer Max Baer (father of Max Baer Jr. – aka “Jethro” on The Beverly Hillbillies). Max is actually pretty nice to Scrappy, giving him a little spank rather than knocking him to the ground in any way. Oopy, his ringside partner, ends up going in to the fight, doing a much more effective job beating up Max. Of course, both kids wake up at the end.

A nice, breezy little 7 minute cartoon that was meant to be enjoyed and never thought of again. The little comedy bits between Scrappy and Oopy throughout are nicely animated and have some nice personality stuff going on. it’s funny that the New Yoprk animators, now in Hollywood, still set many cartoons in New York, including this one. As a minor film in the series it’s still a good companion to the films around it. Funny enough, there are more prints of this particular title because Official Films made 16mm prints for the home movie and rental market.

I hope you enjoy this little film— now, it’s time for your opinion.

Have a good week all!