Thursday, August 19, 2010

All's Fair At The Fair - Pan


Just a composite pan I threw together (and was still on my drive) from the amazing Color Classic "All's Fair At The Fair" (1938) from the French 35mm (but through VHS blur). There's a teeny bit missing on the right. More on this cartoon later...

5 comments:

Mr. Cro said...

If I could only see that Color Classic in original Technicolor and original titles...
Can you upload that copy?

J.V. (AKA "White Pongo") said...

So would I. Personally, I think it's a crime that this one isn't readily available on DVD. Hell, I'd buy two copies! Your question brings up an issue with this blog, however, which is: does posting this stuff result in a diminished interest in the legitimate purchase of Fleischer cartoons? I'm sure you don't feel that way but there really is a new culture of apathy out there that expects everything for free. I posted the pan because I felt it's artistic merits demanded it be seen. Same reason I posted the mosaic pan from the 'World's Fair' sky writing to the front gates of the fair itself.

Daniel [oeconomist.com] said...

The relationship between free content and commercial demand is of course complex. If all of this content were simply available for free on-line, then commercial demand would be much smaller.

If the quality of reproduction (resolution &c) in free copies is lower, then some people will be turned-off to the content more generally, while others will be provoked to seek to buy higher quality copies. The relationship between various levels of quality and commercial demand is not monotonic, and surely varies across persons.

If by “this stuff” one means more specifically material of the sort that you offer, then I'd say that it no longer constitutes popular culture, and without 'blogs like yours awareness of it would be confined to a very few people. Commerce would be confined to “casual” sales amongst these few. With 'blogs such as yours, a wider following develops.

I don't know whether this wider following is sufficient to make high-end restorations pecuniarily profitable high-end restorations, though I surely hope so.

paul etcheverry said...

All's Fair At The Fair exemplifies the strengths and unique style of the Fleischer Studio and is my favorite in the Color Classics series.

Unfortunately, necessities and unforeseen expenses have a way of taking huge bites out of one's entertainment budget, especially when it comes to DVD box sets.

J.V. (AKA "White Pongo") said...

My theory is that certain classic titles have the staying power to generate modest but consistent revenues. Trends may come and go but a classic is always a classic. The Fleischer cartoons offer something you won't find in the output of any other studio. They were probably the most consistantly cinematic of all 1930's cartoons. This is part of the beauty of the Color Classics.

But, to answer your question: I'm an even bigger fan of food and shelter!