The Puppetoons Movie bridges ten classic Pal Puppetoons with an all new stop-motion framing story starring Art Clokey’s Gumby and Pokey (voiced by Dal McKennon), narrator Paul Frees (as Arnie the Dinosaur) and cameos by Speedy Alka Seltzer, King Kong and Spielberg’s Gremlins
..one name is synonymous with quality fantasy and science fiction films. Well before Spielberg and Lucas came to prominence, there was Hungarian-born George Pal, who produced or directed such landmarks as Destination Moon, When Worlds Collide, War Of The Worlds and The Time Machine, not to mention the fondly-remembered tom thumb and the Cinerama film The Wonderful World Of The Brothers Grimm. These and others would have made him a legend, but even before his feature film work he was the creator of a celebrated series of animated films using a “replacement” stop-motion technique that he largely pioneered. It is somewhat amazing that Warner Bros. and Paramount have not yet issued any of his classic films on Blu-ray (Olive Films licensed his minor Houdini film from Paramount for a Blu-ray release a couple of years ago), but we are extremely fortunate that his early Puppetoon shorts have made it to a splendid 2-disc Blu-ray set, put out by a small outfit called B2MP. This is a limited edition available only online, with 3000 copies available.
THE PAL METHOD:
The Pal method of production can best be described as painstaking. Using a type of stop-motion technique called replacement animation, a typical Puppetoon required 9,000 individually carved and machined wooden figures (or sometimes parts of figures). The nearly 12,000 exposures were made on a single negative using a color wheel with successive rotation of red, green and blue filters. Combined with deliberate lighting the Puppetoons were unsurpassed in their day for use of color in animated films…
3.18GB | 1h 18m | 960×720 | mkv