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About

My name is Steve Stanchfield! I’m a Professor at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan, and have enjoyed teaching animation and animation history since 2000. In 2004, I started producing a series of classic animation DVDs and Blu-Ray sets such as... These collections have been well received, and we work hard with our little staff to scan and digitally clean up mostly animated negatives.

At Thunderbean Animation, we’re huge fans of classic shorts, and love having the privilege to unearth these classic films and share with them audiences that know them as old friends as well as a new generation of affectionados We’ve been producing two to four sets a year, and we put dedication and love into every project! We’re currently working with Film Preservation Associates, restoring the cartoons made by the UB Iwerks’ studios in the 1930’s. Just last year we finished the ’Willie Whopper’ set, and now we’re working on restoring Iwerks’ first series.

Ub Iwerks was Disney’s early partner and lead animator at Walt Disney Productions. His pioneering work helped to revolutionize the animation industry. He animated the first Mickey Mouse Cartoons almost single-handedly. His animation on “The Skeleton Dance” (1929) is still impressive- and was just the beginning of what this wonderfully creative person would accomplish in his lifetime.

Iwerks left Disney in 1930, starting his own studio, producing animation through 1940, before returning to Disney as a technical innovator. His inventions continued to innovate the animation and film industries, winning the Disney Studios several Oscars. While having his own studio, Ub Iwerks started producing their first series titled “Flip the Frog”.

There are 38 Flip the Frog cartoons all together, and we’ve been working hard to evaluate, scan and digitally clean up the original 35mm elements, bringing them to Blu-ray looking better than ever! To this day, Ub Iwerks work remains entertaining and fun.

As a tribute to Ub Iwerks and the Flip the Frog cartoons, Thunderbean Animation working with a small animation team here to develop a short animated film featuring Flip the Frog! It’s a musical short with a continuous piece of music throughout. Animators around the world will be working on short sequences between eight and fifteen second each. Each artist has the complete freedom to do whatever they would like for the sequence. Some will turn in completed, colored/finished sequences ready for the final edit, while others will hand in pencil drawings or key animation, with Thunderbean handling all the extra production details.

Many animators are already starting on the project, some well known, some not, but many brilliant artists. You’ll be happy to hear the various folks involved as the project evolves, but for now it’s a secret! The finished film will run about two and a half minutes, and will feature Flip himself in various artist’s interpretations throughout the short.

We need your help to make this short little film a reality!

 

We’ll be employing a small team of animation, background and production professionals to handle the work on this end, from inbetweeners/ assistant animators working both digitally and traditionally on paper. The finished film will appear on the Blu-ray Flip the Frog set as well as being submitted to various animation and film festivals.

 Here is what you'll get:

We hope to complete the “Flip the Frog” Blu-ray and the animated shorts by February of 2017, and release the set as early as March. If we’re successful with this campaign, this little short will move through production much quicker. We appreciate your support in helping make it a reality!

 

Risks and challenges

The biggest risk in the project is production falling behind schedule, or some of the artists volunteering their skills not being available to finish their segment in time. We'll be doing our best to keep the project on track and ready for the August release and are on track to get the Blu-ray finished on schedule and will provide updates as the project progresses.

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