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‘The Puppetoon Movie Volume 3’ Limited Edition Blu-ray Coming September 1

Bring home the fully restored groundbreaking stop-motion animation of famed Oscar winner George Pal; new collection features 28 shorts, bonus features, and a 20-panel color booklet, ‘Liner Notes’ by producer Arnold Leibovit; now available for preorder.

The Puppetoons are back with the landmark The Puppetoon Movie Volume 3 Blu-ray Limited Edition. The collection of 28 more spectacular George Pal stop-motion and cel animated shorts totals around five hours of content. Each cartoon has been restored from its original Technicolor negatives. Fans will enjoy the return of Punchy & Judy, Jim Dandy, Rusty, Dr. Seuss, Jan and Janette, Mr. Strauss, Jasper and the Screwball Army, as well as the first Puppetoon key artwork from animator Ray Harryhausen. Coming September 1, the collection is now available for preorder here.

Long before the Oscar winning Pal ignited audiences’ imaginations with feature film classics like The Time Machine (1960) and The War of the Worlds (1953), he created PUPPETOONS! These brilliantly conceived short subjects have all now been restored in high definition.

In 1987, producer-director Arnold Leibovit reintroduced Pal’s Technicolor Puppetoons to a new generation with his loving tribute The Puppetoon Movie, hosted by Gumby and Pokey. The film served as a much-deserved tribute honoring the legacy of sci-fi and fantasy filmmaking pioneer George Pal. The feature compiled a number of Puppetoons Pal created in the 1930s and 1940s.

The Puppetoon Movie, restored in high definition for Blu-ray, came out in 2013; The Puppetoon Movie Volume 2 came to Blu-ray in 2020. Now, after nearly four years of meticulous restoration, The Puppetoon Movie Volume 3 has arrived.

Included are six restored Successive Exposure Negative (SEN) Puppetoons: Western Daze (1940, the first for Paramount Pictures); Bravo Mr. Strauss (1943, where The Screwball Army returns); The Truck That Flew (1943, introducing the memorable melody Moonlight Holiday); Together in the Weather (1946, stars Punchy & Judy, who were designed by Walt Disney animator Fred Moore); Hotlip Jasper (1945, featuring trumpet virtuoso Raphael Mendez); and Jasper’s Derby (1946, scored to the classic Gypsy Airs).

Seven Paramount SEN preservation prints return from Volume 1 in even higher resolution. Included are four of the seven Academy Award-nominated Puppetoons for Best Animated Short Subject: Dr. Seuss’s The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins (1943); Dr. Seuss’s And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street (1944); Rhythm in the Ranks (1941); and Jasper and the Beanstalk (1945); plus Date with Duke (1947, Duke Ellington), Rhapsody in Wood (1947, Woody Herman); and The Sky Princess (1941). Also added are cel animated discoveries from Europe: The Old Woman Who Lived In A Shoe (1940), The Queen Was In The Parlour (1939), The Good Bear and the Bad Bear (1940), and A Fairy Tale About A Melancholic King (1934).

The Puppetoon Movie Volume 3 was produced in cooperation with Paramount Pictures, The Library of Congress, The British Film Institute, UCLA Film & Television Archive, The Eye Filmmuseum, The Philips Company, GlaxoSmithKline, J Walter Thompson, ASIFA Hollywood, The National Film Archive Czech Republic, Bio Vakantieoord and others.

Now, journey back to a time of magic and wonder and experience once again Pal’s one-of-a-kind Puppetoons!

Included in this collection:

Puppetoons (High Definition)

  • Western Daze (1940)
  • The Ballet of Red Radio Valves (1938)
  • Bravo Mr. Strauss (1943)
  • Hotlip Jasper (1945)
  • Together in the Weather (1946)
  • Jasper’s Music Lesson (1943)
  • Rhythm in the Ranks (1941)
  • The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins (1943)
  • The Truck That Flew (1943)
  • Date with Duke (1947)
  • On Parade (1936)
  • The Tool Box (1970)
  • Jasper and the Beanstalk (1945)
  • My Man Jasper (1945)
  • The Sky Princess (1941)
  • Jasper’s Boobytraps (1945)
  • Rhapsody in Wood (1947)
  • Jasper’s Derby (1946)
  • Aladdin and the Magic Lamp (1939)
  • And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street (1944)
  • Shoe Shine Jasper (1947)

Cel Animated (High Definition)

  • The Old Woman Who Lived In A Shoe (1940)
  • The Queen Was In The Parlour (1939)
  • The Good Bear and the Bad Bear (1940)
  • A Fairy Tale About A Melancholic King (1934)
  • Charlie’s World Cruise (1936)
  • Friend in Need (1940)
  • World’s Greatest Show (1935

Plus, enjoy these extras:

  • Sweet Pacific (1947)
  • Previously Unreleased George Pal Interview (1970)
  • The Fantasy Film Worlds of George Pal (1985) Expanded Interviews: Ray Harryhausen, Ray Bradbury, Gene Roddenberry, Roy E. Disney, Joe Dante, Russ Tamblyn, Wah Chang, Duke Goldstone, Bob Baker
  • Full Production and Donor Credits
  • Includes 20-Panel Color Booklet, “Liner Notes” by Leibovit

Preorder The Puppetoon Movie Volume 3 here

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