Did Tom and Jerry DVD commentary today

irv-flipping-tom.jpgI went over to Burbank today to Sparkhill Prods. and recorded some commentary on the history of MGM cartoons for the Tom and Jerry Spotlight Collection Vol. 3. I can’t reveal what’s going to be on it, but there is some good stuff. They told me Eric Goldberg did some great commentary on the individual animator’s styles and histories. Coming soon to your DVD outlet (don’t buy it at Wal-Mart).

3 Responses to “Did Tom and Jerry DVD commentary today”

  1. Love the Irv Spence drawing. Is that part of his year long cartoon diary? I’ve visited the blog with the whole year posted but haven’t seen them all yet. I’m looking forward to the commentaries on the next set, and I never buy anything at Wal-Mart.

    I have to tell you how much I enjoyed “It’s The Cat”. I’ve watched it over and over since downloading it from Cartoon Brew Films. The animation is fantastic and timing is perfect.

  2. Mark Kausler says:

    Hi Kevin,
    I’m glad you enjoyed “It’s ‘The Cat'”, keep on playin’ with it, you’ll find the flaws eventually! I’m working in little bursts of activity on the next one. Yes, that Irv drawing is from his 1944 diary posted last year. Irv first showed it to me when I took his animation class back in 1969. It was quite a revelation to take a class from one of my heros. At the time, I didn’t even know that he did my favorite Tom and Jerry scenes, but by asking him questions, I figured out his style. Have you ever seen the live action home movies he made with his fellow MGM cartoon inmates Harvey Eisenberg, Mike Lah and Ed Barge? “Rats In Spats” was the first one, a gangster noir filmed in black and white, the second was “Rugged Rangers” in Kodachrome, a scouting epic filmed in Griffith Park. It’s funny to see Mike Lah dressed up in a scout uniform a little too small for him. These were silent movies, but Irv and the guys would provide the sound track whenever they ran them. These are probably up on You Tube or somewhere.

  3. I’m looking forward to that next volume of Tom & Jerry , Mark. (and no, I won’t buy it from Wal-Mart !)

    I see from what Jerry posted on Cartoon Brew today that you are also on the commentary tracks for the new Popeye DVD’s. I have been waiting for the original Popeye’s to be released for a long time. It’s a good year for cartoon fans.

    (and I’ll second what Keith says about “It’s the Cat” . I’ve watched it many times since downloading it from CartoonBrew Films and it’s been a rewarding experience each time. Eagerly anticipating your next cartoon.)

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