A Blu-Ray first,cartoons from the beginning
brought together by noted historian/collector Tom Stathes, and scored by music
masters Robert Israel and Ben Model. Much of Cartoon Rootshas been unseen since dawn of
animating. Stathes has been tireless gatherer of rarities since childhood. He spreads the
cartoon gospel through presentations on 16mm. Tom
knows his audience and has limned Cartoon Roots to entertain as deftly as it
informs. A phalanx of fun is here, fifteen shorts plus "archival"
extras (horn of plenty for your purchase, believe me). There'sLightning
Sketches (1907) as toured in vaudeville, wraiths of easel past Col. Heeza
Liar, Bobby Bumps, "Jerry On The Job," Dinky Doodle, Toby The Pup ...
all from drawing's senior class. Quality breaks fuzz barrier too many associate
w/ pre-talk relics, much derived off 35mm nitrate rescued by Stathes. These
Cartoon Roots were dug before rules were set and conventions observed. Things
happen that you'll only believe by seeing. Watch and come away with diploma in
Animahistory (have I invented a new term?), joy had that you'll want
to repeat. Content leaps to life on High-Def, film restoration by Thunderbean's
Steve Stanchfield, so we're assured tech work is aces. Tom Stathes pledges this
to be but first in a Blu-Ray series. That for me is topper for whole of cartoon headlines
for 2014. Animation has been focal of best disc releases this year, Greenbriar
idea of heroes those like Stathes and Stanchfield that flush out buried
treasure and get it out to fans who'll enjoy it best.