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Restoring The 'Mutt & Jeff' Cartoons

A project in Los Angeles, CA by Mauricio Alvarado
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Preserving the animated shorts of 'Mutt & Jeff' from the 1910's and 1920's.
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Funded: $12,751 of $10,000
Dates: Jul 17th -> Sep 15th (60 days)
Project By: Mauricio Alvarado
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Latest News

Today is the last day!

September 14th - via: kickstarter.com
Thank you all once again for your help with this project. I really believe that these films would be forgotten if it were not for this. Since we started, we’ve already heard back from several archives around the world that have ’Mutt &... (Read More)

‘Subway Traffic’ Clip

September 10th - via: kickstarter.com
You'll need an HTML5 capable browser to see this content. Play Replay with sound Play with sound 00:00 00:00 Still waiting on some scans to be finished. here’s a clip to hold you over!  (Read More)

Hey Now!

September 6th - via: kickstarter.com
‘Mutt & Jeff’ Postcard Things are moving along! Eastman House is scanning the print we ordered and we are finding prints from some new archives we reached out to. The big European batch of prints are being inspected now and should be... (Read More)

‘A Link Missing’ 1925 Short

August 31st - via: kickstarter.com
Here’s one of the cartoons from a long reel of various ’Mutt & Jeff‘ shorts that we got scanned from a private collector. Not worthy enough for blu ray but good enough for now!  (Read More)

George Eastman House Has Been Paid!

August 31st - via: kickstarter.com
It Is Done. I’m thrilled to share that we are moving forward with the George Eastman House! We will be receiving a brand new 4K scan of the cartoon ’Domestic Difficulties’ and apparently it’s going to have it’s original tint color!  (Read More)

Mutt & Jeff Clip - Dog Chase

August 30th - via: kickstarter.com
You'll need an HTML5 capable browser to see this content. Play Replay with sound Play with sound 00:00 00:00 Here’s a look at what we are working on!  (Read More)

Mutt & Jeff Enamel Pin

August 29th - via: kickstarter.com
Here’s a look at the enamel pin!  (Read More)

Mutt & Jeff Kickstarter T Shirt

August 26th - via: kickstarter.com
Official ‘Mutt & Jeff’ Kickstarter Shirt Here’s a look at the second official design we are offering for the kickstarter. You can choose from this and the previous one we showed off. Thanks again for your support!  (Read More)

Thank you!

August 23rd - via: kickstarter.com
Now we move forward with the scans! We will update you with screenshots and titles as soon as we get them.   (Read More)

Domestic Difficulties (1916)

August 22nd - via: kickstarter.com
Title screen from a low res copy We just got the ball rolling on scanning a tinted 35mm print of ’Domestic Difficulties’! We are almost at our goal, thank you ahain for your help!  (Read More)

Mutt & Jeff T Shirts!

August 10th - via: kickstarter.com
Here’s a look at the official ‘Mutt & Jeff’ shirt we are offering! Taken from the original Bud Fisher comic cover and officially approved by the owners of the characters. The shirt is silk screened to last.  (Read More)

Title Card-less Prints

August 6th - via: kickstarter.com
A lot times, these old film prints are incomplete in many ways. Two of the films we have acquired are missing their title cards completely. Below is an image from the early Mutt and Jeff film "Cramps."  Frame from "Cramps" (1916) Fortunately other... (Read More)

Laughing Gas (1917)

August 4th - via: kickstarter.com
Jeff At The Dentist Here's a look at one of the early 'Mutt & Jeff' prints we got scanned for the blu ray set!  (Read More)

26 More ‘Mutt & Jeff’ Cartoons Have Been Found!

August 2nd - via: kickstarter.com
1918 Trade Ad Excited to announce that we just got a hold of a total of TWENTY SIX more ’Mutt & Jeff’ prints from a private collection. Here are some of the titles: Chamber of Horrors (1916) The Promoters (1916) The Dog Pound (1916) Soda... (Read More)

‘Mutt & Jeff’ Watch Party Part 2

August 1st - via: kickstarter.com
We take a look at more ’Mutt & Jeff’ raw scans with animator Mark Kausler  (Read More)

Blu Ray Bonus Features!

July 31st - via: kickstarter.com
‘Mutt & Jeff’ Trade Ad From Fox Film Corporation We will be including a wide range of photos highlighting some of the memorabilia and imagery from ’Mutt & Jeff’s’ career! I am absolutely obsessed with the art of Bud Fisher so I’m... (Read More)

Westward Whoa: Multiple Versions

July 30th - via: kickstarter.com
Sometimes it's curious how many different versions of a film exists.  After final run of the cartoon series, colorized versions with a music & effects track were created. The video below is likely the most recognizable to anyone who grew up with... (Read More)

Film Deterioration: "Fishing"

July 29th - via: kickstarter.com
The only print of "Fishing" that we have been able to find (from LOC) is an exemplar of the importance of film preservation and restoration. Generally before 1950, film stock had a nitrate base, which is very prone to deterioration over time and even... (Read More)

The Outposts (1916)

July 29th - via: kickstarter.com
Here’s a real early ’Mutt & Jeff’ cartoon that we got from the Niles Silent Museum. It’s great to see how the series evolved over time. Feel free to subscribe to the Youtube channel so we can upload more clips for you.  (Read More)

Halfway There!

July 28th - via: kickstarter.com
Bud Fisher Drawing Thank you again for taking the time to help us with this. These guys are absolutely hilarious! We will keep searching for more prints beyond our first batch.  (Read More)

Before & After Comparison from the Invisible Revenge

July 27th - via: kickstarter.com
In the comparison frames below, you can see the difference a little love and attention can have on the appearance of a film. However, getting to "after" from "before" is quite time consuming.  A typical 7-minute film runs approx. 10,000-12,000... (Read More)

Accidents Won’t Happen (1925)

July 26th - via: kickstarter.com
Title Screen From The 35mm Print Here’s another great short that will be included in the set! ‘Mutt & Jeff’ Looking To Collect Insurance Money Little Jeff & A Lion  (Read More)

‘Mutt & Jeff’ Watch Party With Mark Kausler

July 25th - via: kickstarter.com
Back in January we showed off some of the raw scans to animator Mark Kausler. Take a look at our interview to see some of the material that will be included in the blu ray!  (Read More)

A Roman Scandal (1926)

July 24th - via: kickstarter.com
Close Up Look Of The 35mm Element This one is a real treat! One of the rare shorts from this series and we have it!  (Read More)

Dog-Gone: Extended Film Clean Up Video

July 23rd - via: kickstarter.com
Here is a longer video that shows some of difference phases of digital film clean up. *Because of video host file compression, some elements like film grain and image sharpness appear absent or modified. Final product will look superior to this.  (Read More)

Dog Gone (1926)

July 23rd - via: kickstarter.com
Title Screen From A 35mm Print Easily one of my favorite shorts! Excited to include this one!  (Read More)

The Invisible Revenge (1925)

July 22nd - via: kickstarter.com
Title Screen From The 35mm Print Heres another title we will have available for the set!   (Read More)

Skating Instructors (1926)

July 21st - via: kickstarter.com
Title Screen From The 35mm Print Here’s a look at one of the ‘tinted’ titles we scanned. Lots of animation from Richard ’Dick’ Huemer on this one!  (Read More)

‘Where Am I?’

July 20th - via: kickstarter.com
End Title From A 35mm Kromocolor Print Heres a look at one of the colorized ’Mutt & Jeff’ prints from the 30’s!  (Read More)

The ‘Colorized’ Mutt & Jeff’s

July 19th - via: kickstarter.com
Inspecting A ‘Mutt & Jeff’ 35mm Print Exciyed to share that we are also restoring the Kromocolor versions of the ’Mutt & Jeff’ cartoons! These are the shorts that were later redrawn and colorized in the 30’s. We will definitely... (Read More)

Scanning At Blackhawk!

July 18th - via: kickstarter.com
Jeff & His 35mm Print Serge Bromberg of Lobster/Blackhawk Films and his team have been gratious enough to help us scan these prints at their film facilities. Serge is a big fan of director, Charlie Bowers, who worked on these ’Mutt &... (Read More)

The Globe Trotters (1926)

July 17th - via: kickstarter.com
Title screen for ‘The Globe Trotters’ We’ve scanned a 35mm print of the original B&W cartoon via The Library of Congress!   (Read More)

We’ve started scanning!

July 17th - via: kickstarter.com
This has been an ongoing project and thankfully we got the ball rolling last year and we’ve already successfully scanned a big batch of 35mm prints.  (Read More)

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