History Creator / VanBeurenStudios

16th Apr '17 9:10:24 PM nombretomado
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* Aesop's Fables, AKA "Aesop's Film Fables" (1920-1928 for silent shorts, 1929-1933 for sound shorts) inherited from the Fables Studio, which was formerly run by Paul Terry. Originally a long running silent cartoon series, it became a series of sound cartoons which introduced one of the earliest sound cartoons, "Dinnertime", which notably predates Disney's SteamboatWillie by a month. The sound era of the series lasted around 120 shorts, including its sub-series. Paul Terry's Farmer Al Falfa was also a recurring star of the silent shorts, even appearing in a few of the early sound films before Terry, who had left to found [[TerryToons his own studio]], wrangled back the rights to the character.

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* Aesop's Fables, AKA "Aesop's Film Fables" (1920-1928 for silent shorts, 1929-1933 for sound shorts) inherited from the Fables Studio, which was formerly run by Paul Terry. Originally a long running silent cartoon series, it became a series of sound cartoons which introduced one of the earliest sound cartoons, "Dinnertime", which notably predates Disney's SteamboatWillie WesternAnimation/SteamboatWillie by a month. The sound era of the series lasted around 120 shorts, including its sub-series. Paul Terry's Farmer Al Falfa was also a recurring star of the silent shorts, even appearing in a few of the early sound films before Terry, who had left to found [[TerryToons his own studio]], wrangled back the rights to the character.
14th Apr '17 8:51:16 AM fruitstripegum
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* AncientGreece: The setting of "Fiddlin' Fun".
* AnimateInanimateObject: The living clocks in "Grandfather's Clock", and the living kitchen appliances in "Picnic Panic".
* APirate400YearsTooLate: Even though most of the Cubby Bear cartoons are clearly set in the 1930's, there are pirates in "Bubbles and Troubles".



* ArtifactTitle: The Aesop's Fables sound films, which abandoned the format of the silent shorts (which were somewhat based on the actual fables and had "Aesops" at the end of each one) in favor of the musical gag cartoon format.



* AncientGreece: The setting of "Fiddlin' Fun".
* AnimateInanimateObject: The living clocks in "Grandfather's Clock", and the living kitchen appliances in "Picnic Panic".
* APirate400YearsTooLate: Even though most of the Cubby Bear cartoons are clearly set in the 1930's, there are pirates in "Bubbles and Troubles".
* ArtifactTitle: The Aesop's Fables sound films, which abandoned the format of the silent shorts (which were somewhat based on the actual fables and had "Aesops" at the end of each one) in favor of the musical gag cartoon format.
3rd Apr '17 9:33:16 PM TotemicHero
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--description cited from [[http://www.toonjet.com/blog/index.php/van_beuren_studios_lost_cartoon_treasure?blog=2 Toonjet.Com]].

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--description cited from [[http://www.toonjet.com/blog/index.php/van_beuren_studios_lost_cartoon_treasure?blog=2 Toonjet.Com]].
Toonjet.
12th Mar '17 5:34:44 PM nombretomado
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[[IThoughtItMeant Not to be]] [[NamesTheSame confused with]] THOSE [[TheMostPopularGirlsInSchool Van Burens!]], and DEFINITELY not to be confused with UsefulNotes/MartinVanBuren.

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[[IThoughtItMeant Not to be]] [[NamesTheSame confused with]] THOSE [[TheMostPopularGirlsInSchool [[WebAnimation/TheMostPopularGirlsInSchool Van Burens!]], and DEFINITELY not to be confused with UsefulNotes/MartinVanBuren.
19th Jan '17 11:50:30 AM Byzantine
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* FollowTheLeader: This was Van Beuren's greatest weakness as a studio; while their animation was as off the wall as you could get, their cartoons were very derivative of what other studios were doing, and they were clearly handicapped by their inability to create unique characters. Many of their early 30's cartoons take their surreal cues straight from their next door rival Fleischer Studios; "The Farmerette" even has an obvious BettyBoop stand in, even voiced by one of her actresses, Bonnie Poe. One of their sound fables, "Panicky Pup", is an obvious knockoff of Fleischer's [[WesternAnimation/SwingYouSinners "Swing, You Sinners!"]] Their Tom and Jerry is a flaccid attempt at a ComicStrip/MuttAndJeff-esque duo, and their Milton Mouse and Cubby Bear, as well as their interpretation of WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat, are obvious MickeyMouse knockoffs. Their Toddle Tale and some of their Rainbow Parade cartoons ride off the coat of Disney's SillySymphonies series.
19th Jan '17 11:49:14 AM Byzantine
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* ChannelHop: Of the pre-Tv variety; Felix was previously made by the Pat Sullivan studio and distributed by at least five different companies (Paramount, Winkler, Educational, First National and Copley Pictures). By 1936, Van Beuren licensed the character for their studio, and for that brief period they were distributed by RKO pictures.
19th Jan '17 11:40:15 AM Byzantine
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* AnimationBump / ArtEvolution: By the late 1933 to 1934 period, the studios animation was considerably improving over their earlier shorts. As early as "Sinister Stuff", the characters become noticeably less flat and more rounded and appealing. Then Burt Gillett got to the studio, and the animation improved even more.

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* AnimationBump / ArtEvolution: By the late 1933 to 1934 period, the studios studio's animation was considerably improving over their earlier shorts. As early as "Sinister Stuff", the characters become noticeably less flat and more rounded and appealing. Then Burt Gillett got to the studio, and the animation improved even more.
19th Jan '17 11:37:59 AM Byzantine
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Like many non-Disney[=/=]Creator/WarnerBros cartoon studios, critics and historians generally tend to give Van Beuren the footnote treatment, writing off the cartoons as cheaply produced drivelóbut this isn't quite true. For all the sloppy animation and one-note characters, there are some inspired gags here and there, as well as some very good musical scores provided with each cartoon. Despite this, many of the shorts were scattered and lost for a long time, due to their [[PublicDomainAnimation public domain status]] and lack of care. The fact that the studio's role in the HistoryOfAnimation was very minor and tangential compared to the other studios does not help. Fortunately, thanks to recent DVD collections, especially from Thunderbean, and the fact that all of the studios cartoons are public domain, the bulk of this studio's sound output is available on DVD for viewing.

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Like many non-Disney[=/=]Creator/WarnerBros cartoon studios, critics and historians generally tend to give Van Beuren the footnote treatment, writing off the cartoons as cheaply produced drivelóbut this isn't quite true. For all the sloppy animation and one-note characters, there are some inspired gags here and there, as well as some very good musical scores provided with each cartoon. Despite this, many of the shorts were scattered and lost for a long time, due to their [[PublicDomainAnimation public domain status]] and lack of care. The fact that the studio's role in the HistoryOfAnimation was very minor and tangential compared to the other studios does not help. Fortunately, thanks to recent DVD collections, especially from Thunderbean, and the fact that all of the studios studio's cartoons are public domain, the bulk of this studio's sound output is available on DVD for viewing.
25th Dec '16 9:27:37 AM Prinzenick
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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQGN0UwuJxw The Sunshine Makers]]-Jan 11, RP, Gillett, Ted Eshbaugh Runner-Up on [[{{The50GreatestCartoons}} Jerry Beck's 50 Greatest Cartoons]] list.

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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQGN0UwuJxw The Sunshine Makers]]-Jan WesternAnimation/TheSunshineMakers-Jan 11, RP, Gillett, Ted Eshbaugh Runner-Up on [[{{The50GreatestCartoons}} Jerry Beck's 50 Greatest Cartoons]] list.
19th Dec '16 10:57:00 AM Prinzenick
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[[IThoughtItMeant Not to be]] [[NamesTheSame confused with]] THOSE [[TheMostPopularGirlsInSchool Van Burens!]], and DEFINITELY not to be confused with Martin Van Buren.

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[[IThoughtItMeant Not to be]] [[NamesTheSame confused with]] THOSE [[TheMostPopularGirlsInSchool Van Burens!]], and DEFINITELY not to be confused with Martin Van Buren.UsefulNotes/MartinVanBuren.



** [[WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat Felix the Cat]] (1936) While Felix was very prominent in the silent era, the rise of sound film ultimately proved to be his downfall. However, he survived as a popular newspaper comic, and did receive a very brief three-cartoon revival via Van Beuren Studios' "Rainbow Parade" series during the 1930s, with a fourth short in the planning stages before the Van Beuren Studio abruptly went belly-up In 1936.

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** [[WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat Felix the Cat]] WesternAnimation/FelixTheCatClassic (1936) While Felix WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat was very prominent in the silent era, the rise of sound film ultimately proved to be his downfall. However, he survived as a popular newspaper comic, and did receive a very brief three-cartoon revival via Van Beuren Studios' "Rainbow Parade" series during the 1930s, with a fourth short in the planning stages before the Van Beuren Studio abruptly went belly-up In 1936.
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