Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Bakshi Mighty Mouse is Out

Here's the cartoon that changed everything.

32 comments:

Sherm said...

Thanks for the link to the great Wired article! Just ordered my copy from your "eStore"...looking forward to finally watching this on a non-bootleg DVD!

Trevor Thompson said...

YAAAY!!!! So, if I buy a copy, will you and Ralph get a cut, or does it just go straight to the money-grubbing who-ores at Viacom?

If it's the latter, then I'll have to go the torrent route. :(

JohnK said...

All I get is the amazon %. It's better than a kick in the pants.

Shawn Dickinson said...

Finally! I just bought one!

Trevor Thompson said...

Well then I guess I'm buying it from Amazon then.

Franky said...

Bought - it's in the mail.

SibbSabb said...

This, my friends, is THE cartoon that turned me onto animation, not cartoons, but animation. I was just discussing with someone how I hoped this would come out on DVD. Alas. YES

RAAA said...

Done and done! Can't wait to watch Mighty snort flowers... is that on there?

drawingtherightway said...

John k said:
All I get is the amazon %. It's better than a kick in the pants.


I read somewhere that this dvd set will have audio commentary from you on it. I hope they at least paid you for doing this!

JohnK said...

Nope. I couldn't even get them to advertise on my blog, where most of the potential fans of this stuff would find it.

Trevor Thompson said...

No one gets paid to do commentary anymore. I'm not so sure about interviews, though.

Elana Pritchard said...

Hey John I did some Bullwinkle homework if you want to check it out.

bullwinkle homework

Congrats on your DVD release

Oliver_A said...

@JohnK

Maybe you could sign and sell them here for a bit of extra money. As soon as I get someone with a credit card, I'll be ordering this set. Btw, your shop is still unaccessable here in Europe.

@Trevor Thompson

Van Ling, one of the bigshots in producing special edition DVD's (Star Wars, Terminator), explained that being paid for commentaries and other extra stuff is highly unusual, because the viewpoint is that those supplementaries is advertising for yourself.

One big exception was Arnold Schwarzenegger, who got paid $70.000 for doing a commentary on Total Recall.

booleanspline said...

Hi John. I did the bullwinkle study. I also did a study of your Yogi marker painting. Im very confused on your color process. How did you know adding red to yogis face would work so well? Thank you in advance for any comments.
Heres the link to my blog

Thanks.

JohnK said...

Some view that is. I'd say it's the other way around if they took advantage of what they had.

But it doesn't help anyone if they don't even put your name on the cover.

I wonder how anyone is supposed to know this is the Bakshi version-let alone mine?

It has the same title as those horrible Filmation Mighty Mouse cartoons.

Oliver_A said...

@JohnK

This doesn't make any sense. I read that they did the extra effort to do a clean, new video transfer from the original film negatives, got you and Ralph to support it with your participation, and now they sabotage this product with bad marketing???

I don't know if and what focus group they had in mind when doing the set, but isn't it supposed to be for us animation fans?

I'm sorry to hear this. When I recieve my set, I'm going to donate some cash to you.

Dorseytunes said...

I'm glad to see this coming out for everyone to see.

RooniMan said...

I'm so getting this.

Trevor Thompson said...

They couldn't give a crap about animation fans, or else they'd have put it out years ago.

My guess is that they put this out because they're about to release that crummy CG version in theatres, they know that the last generation to know who Mighty Mouse was watched this version and also because the other versions of MM are already available for purchase.

I sometimes wonder if being an exec is like being high on coke all the time. Certainly would explain Mighty's cancelation.

Iron maiden said...

Is It really worth a buy ? I just saw some clips and I didnt really seem to find it really that
funny

Jorge Garrido said...

It's a GREAT dvd, John! I got it today and was blown away by the picture quality and the documentary home movies. They actually utilized you guys in the interviews properly!

Whit said...

Here's another good review by someone who took the time to watch the DVD: http://www.hometheaterforum.com/products/mighty-mouse-the-new-adventures-the-complete-series/reviews#1249

Will said...

Buying it now! Also, I didn't know this blog existed (a bit behind the times) so now my life just got a lot better.

Maurice M. said...

Okay...I got the set and I'm confused about something. I know John wasn't on the 2nd season, but why does Mighty's Wedlock Whimsy on the DVD end with a carton version of the animator saying "I can't go through with it!", when the live action version (as televised) appears in the included documentary? Huh?

Whit said...

Maurice M.: Sounds like someone mastering the DVD was asleep at the switch. That live action shot (of layout artist Ed Bell, doing his best William Shatner) was indeed what was telecast on CBS and it would have been done as an electronic drop-in at the last minute. That animated scene was just a placeholder. The few videotape elements in Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures would not have been backed up on film because Mighty Mouse was completed on one inch tape, not film. This was long before the days of affordable digital film output. Haven't yet received my copy of the DVD so I haven't seen it yet. Don't know why that shot would have been in the documentary. There must be a reason. Someone needs to ask Jerry Beck.

Tom said...

Here's a review from people who prefer their cartoons predigested, bite-sized and unit priced: http://my.spill.com/profiles/blogs/leon-reviews-mighty-mouse-the?xg_source=activity

Whit said...

Okay, now I've seen "Mighty's Wedlock Whimsy" and can explain what probably happened. The people doing the transfer apparently did not know about the two shots of live action that were supposed to be at the end. That "I can't go through with it! I can't marry him!" line plays out of sync because it was never meant to go with that temp animation. Notice that there are no character designs done for either the animator or the crew? There's your proof it was a temp shot. The actual live action footage happens to turn up in the doc only because they got it months later as a raw archival video source contribution and had no way of knowing how to sync it up without timecode long after the mastering had been completed on the episodes. At that point, they probably realized where it was supposed to go but it would have meant spending money they didn't have to go back in and remaster just two shots, but that's what they should have done. This really screws Ed Bell because it was his international broadcast debut and finale as an unbilled actor. Maybe they'll fix it in another 23 years when they get around to re-releasing this stuff on Blu-Ray.

xynphix said...

Hey John, was wondering if you've ever seen this recent unaired plastic man pilot. Heavy Spumco influence indeed.
Some of the scenes look like a direct copy from R&S and George Liquor. What are your thoughts:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vn74McRwEg0

Whit said...

Andy Suriano, improv comic, cartoon writer and sometime artist, made that Plastic Man unsold pilot at WB for an amorphous mass of symbiotic development execs, all but one since successfully surgically separated. The R&S animation style swipes are just more of the usual artistic bankruptcy rife during the sorry 00's. It didn't go to series. WB did not want to pay for that pilot short and neither did CN, even though both liked it. But there was, surprise, enough money to pay the suits. You Tube allows us a peek into such murky corporate crannies, which we didn't have before.

Chris Sobieniak said...

The "Wedlock Wimsey" ending is one I'm trying to remember a bit myself (been so long). Shame it's not up on YT or elsewhere or it would refresh my memory (still haven't gotten to the DVD's due to a setback in my work). It's interesting the ending did get used in the documentary despite the blurred faces (guess someone had a change of heart). I still don't want to rule out this was a bad release myself, though it could've been better if more money went into those commentary recordings (of course Paramount didn't have a perfect track record when it came to releasing a few TV cartoons on disc in the past as some would remember).

xynphix said...

Thanks Whit, I always appreciate hearing background stories behind rare cartoons like that plastic man pilot. Thank God for Youtube. It was good to finally read all of this background history of the Bakshi Mighty mouse as well. I'll never forget the newspaper headlines, I'm guessing from 1988: "Mighty Mouse sniffs Cocaine" as I recall, a priest complained to the network after seeing the scene in the littlest tramp where MM sniffs the crushed flower that he had in his pocket. Did networks drop the show because of that episode?

kurtwil said...

Whit, thanks for comments regarding Wedlock Whimsy. I've worked on DVD titles and unfortunately the budgets and time allocated for menus and recompilation can be small. Sometimes a DVD house will be lavishing a ton of effort on a primo "halo" title which ends up loosing them money unless they are super-efficient with other titles.
Also, film sources would be superior quality and more versatile for overseas markets than any video tape format (most of which are now thoroughly obselete).

Anyway, MMTNA DVD looks pretty darn good, so kudos to that DVD crew putting this together for us to enjoy! Fortunately JK does get credit on the DVD's back cover !