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This is for fanatics only. They just released all the Fleischer Popeye cartoons on DVD! Beautifully restored from the original negatives!! Plus a bunch of other early sound and silent Fleischer cartoons, including some of the Out of the Inkwell series!

*fans herself* Whew! I just read a book about the Fleischer studio, and like magic this DVD appeared!

I'm glad I dithered so long about which Popeyes to buy on DVD, now I can get the real thing. I think the Max Fleischer cartoons are my favourite of any era, all of them. Except maybe "Gulliver's Travels," which is pretty tame by comparison to the shorts. And I've been a Popeye fangirl since I was three or so. The Fleischers were my favourites back then too except I didn't know that that was what they were. The old black-and-white ones. With the weird, fascinating, stretchy loopy animation.

Okay, enough of that. Except - Amazon.com seems to be having a sale on The Simpsons DVDs - $17.98 each for the first six seasons! Finally I can justify buying on DVD what I've seen a thousand times taped from TV. Who says people won't pay to see what they can see for free on television? Well, I won't pay $35, but I will pay 18. Not that I'm a cheapskate so much... just broke as usual. :D

Oh yeah, and I saw the Simpsons Movie, like everybody else in the country (at least). Lots of fun. I was pleasantly surprised not to be horribly disappointed. I have a few little cavils, but it certainly made me laugh, that was worthwhile. And I didn't instantly forget it, the way I do the Harry Potter and Spiderman movies, heh.

Date: 2007-08-06 07:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] florencisalesas.livejournal.com
The release of the Fleischer's Popeye is a great new!
I am a big fan of Out of the Winkel and Popeye's series: they ever have been my favourite cartoons of the silent era ( among Felix the Cat ones. For Krazy Kat I prefer, by far, the original comics from which I am the fan number one... or two: I don't want start a quarrel now I only have just a hand; wait until its recovery and then we can talk about it again :D)
And the colour Popeye's ones from the thirties? Those movies are just brilliant and I love the inventiveness they have both in gags and animation; not to mention the way they shot those awesome travelings, building models in the same studio! I remember to be thinking a lot about how they shooted those scenes when I was a child and it was impossible to get information about it.
I ever have been a fan of all it and feel sad that Fleischer Studios movies are so forgotten. I think there are a lot of fun in those shorts that can amaze even the new audiences (and as you, I think the Gulliver movie is a bit weird but I remember to like the long feature about the bugs)
I am happy to read you enjoyed so the Simpsons movie. None of the comments I heard or read about it say is a bad movie but even very good but nearly all them regret a bit just about the difficulty to catch the point of the rhythm the original episodes of the TV series has with their 20 or so minutes.
Have fun with those DVDs when you get them! :)

Date: 2007-08-06 08:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sfwriter.livejournal.com
Aw, thanks for commenting. :D

Haha, I can't remember if I told you I love Krazy Kat too? I haven't seen any of the cartoons, but I have a book of KK that I've treasured since I was a kid. Found it at a garage sale for 5 cents. (I seem to have been a lucky kid in some ways.)

I haven't seen the bug feature, I'm going to have to look for that one. Maybe they will reissue that too.

I just read a biography of Max Fleischer written by his son, and it was very illuminating. I knew Max had invented the Rotoscope and quite a lot of other things (and he, or maybe Dave, had excellent taste in music if you can judge by Betty Boop) - but this book expanded my knowledge a lot. Now I have to hate Paramount as much for pulling the carpet out from under Fleischer Studios as I already hate MGM for shafting Buster! Pretty soon there won't be any Hollywood studios I can love. As yet I only despise RKO a little, and I'm hoping to forgive Warner Brothers their sins because I like Loony Tunes. XD

I think the Simpsons movie did quite a good job of being an extra-long episode, without getting too ambitious to be something completely different. I'm not about to analyze it to death - I'm just grateful I could enjoy it. I'm sure the DVDs will be fun too, lots of extras. :)

Date: 2007-08-06 06:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] florencisalesas.livejournal.com
Nice story about KK and yes, I remember perfectly you told us you love it when I post something about, it had quite time ago.

Lot of things brothers Fleischer invented are in the mind of people as Disney inventions. The truth is that the Disney productions at the time were quite cool, even not so original than the Fleischer ones and even without the same success. For this he had to wait until Steamboat Willie (inspired by Buster's Steamboat Bill Jr. :D)and since then the history changed a lot but we can easily say that the thirties was yet a great era for Fleischer bros.

The bugs movie is Mr. Bugs Goes to Town (even well, if you have the book you must have in that moment far more information than me :)

As things are going we maybe have to protect RKO from your anger, now you still don't have nothing against it :D

Date: 2007-09-09 02:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] carriba.livejournal.com
I don't remember ever having so much fun at the cinema as when I saw the Simpsons Movie. :) Best thing ever, seriously.
This was the first time I didn't see the Harry Potter movie when it came out, btw. Normally, friendws would drag me to the cinema to see it, but now? As I'm living alone, there is no motivation any more.

Date: 2007-09-20 11:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sfwriter.livejournal.com
Wow, carriba, it's great to hear from you again! What's up with you these days?

I really did enjoy the Simpsons Movie, too - and since then I bought some of the early season DVDs and am going through the whole set. What a great show it was back then. It changed comedy in America forever, I think.

I watch the Harry Potter films but I don't know why - I'm not that much of a fan, either of the books or the films. (Like you - dragged out by others.) I don't think any of the movies have been particularly good, the earlier ones were plain awful. I stopped liking the books at some point in book 5 - something just turned me off, I don't remember what. I thought book 6 was mostly filler, just padding while waiting for the last book. Book 7 seemed pretty good though, made me feel better about the series. Still, it's hard to write something that long over that much time and continue to sustain interest - as I've learned for myself. :D Rowling did a good job overall.

Date: 2007-10-21 02:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] carriba.livejournal.com
I'm quite alright, how are you? =) Sorry for not logging in/commenting for so long... I'm taking my intermediates this winter, so I'm kind of stressed. I even dropped all of the art contests I normally participate in anually in October...
How was your summer? Not too hot, I hope? ^^;;

I'd love to buy the seasons myself, I'd like to have all the seasons that were released, actually. It would be nice to be reminded of the time the old episodes were actually on tv. :D

Actually, I kind of don't care much of the resemblance (or the lack thereof) of the HP movies with the books, probably because I don't care that much for the canon. And I still haven't read book 7! :'( We also have a seminar on that book, but I chose Sherlock Holmes over it. :3 <3

Date: 2007-12-10 06:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] risen-aus-dust.livejournal.com
Hiii. :) It's me, shonyth from deviantart ^^ i saw the link to your livejournal in your DA journal XD and decided to add you as a friend. I usually write in Russian so you won't understand my entries. ^^** But I'm interested to read yours if you don't mind^^**

Date: 2007-12-10 09:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sfwriter.livejournal.com
Hey! Thanks! I'll add you as a friend even if I don't understand Russian... XD - and of course you're welcome to read mine. I don't make very many entries, but I did post some fiction earlier on if you're interested.

If you want you can also look at my Rayman fanfic journal "Rayfics" - it has a few other things that are not on DA. http://community.livejournal.com/rayfics/

Date: 2007-12-11 12:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] risen-aus-dust.livejournal.com
Ok, thank you :)

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