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MANY LEAVES - ONE TREE...
An EPIC Movie with an EPIC message...
By Pete & Nikki
Here is a movie which we highly recommend, because it covers a subject close to our hearts...
Love & Peace
Pete & Nikki
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See it, laugh at it, but above all - Absorb The Message...
By Pete Perry
When our old mate FRANK SWAINE recommended we go and see this film, he added, 'I'm not going to tell you anything about it, - just go and see it...'
So we did!
Well! For a start, it bore an uncanny opening sequence to a story I wrote for Hertfordshire Countryside many years ago, about a town that was made up of concrete and clay, was devoid of trees and flowers, and people had to buy oxygen in bottles, because there were no trees left to produce natural oxygen for free.
That short story was called 'A Hertfordshire Christmas Carol'.
THIS film is an animated movie about a town that is devoid of any trees or flowers, and made entirely out of concrete and clay, with plastic trees and flowers for decoration. Oxygen is sold in bottles, because there are no trees to produce any naturally...
Even the character of the title, The Lorax, is a bewhiskered fellow, a bit like me, - and at the end, the guy that tells the story, and who had cut down all the trees in the first place through sheer greed, and had shut himself away in his own disgrace and shame, - The Once-ler - emerges as a silver-haired bewhiskered fellow that looks uncannily like me!
Indeed, Frank's good lady wife Noi, when she saw the film, pointed at the character and said, 'That's Pete!'
So - have your laughs, - and there are plenty of them during this very entertaining movie, - but above all, - ABSORB THE MESSAGE!
GO SEE IT!
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ARE DISNEY CLASSICS ON THE BRINK OF A NEW ERA?
By PETE PERRY
Nikki and I went to see the 3D version of The Lion King the other day, and it ocurred to me that this could be the start of a whole new era for Disney animated classics.
As many of you will now, I am a self-confessed Disney Freak, and I have also animated by own films since the mid-fifties, so I have a pretty good idea how the industry works.
The first thing people may ask is: 'How can they possibly take an old film like this and turn it into 3D?' The answer is simple: Walt Disney was generations ahead of his time, and filmed all his animated features, going right back to Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs in 1937, - not only in 3D, but also in stereo!
Walt Disney had the foresight, in the 1930s, to develop what is known as the multiplane camera.
In fact, it is a rostrum, with a 35mm camera on top, with several planes (see picture right). Primarily, there is the foreground, middle ground and background, - but Disney added other in-between planes, so that the finished creation had depth.
You only have to look at the opening scene of 'Bambi', in ordinary 2D, to see the effect this has. Although it was originally shown on a normal cinema screen, you get that feeling of depth. The same goes with all other Disney animated classics.
Indeed, my partners, Derek and Cyril and I built our own multiplane rostrum in the late Fifties, in order to make our animated films for Filmart Studios (see picture left)'
Now imagine all those old drawings (cells) being re-shot with a 3D camera (Disney have kept all the drawings of every film they ever made) - and you have an instant 3D film.
Long before the advent of stereo records in the fifties, Walt Disney also developed 'High Fidelity Stereophonic Sound' for his classic 40s masterpiece Fantasia, so that the full impact of the orchestra could be recorded and reproduced.
Indeed, at its premiere, the cinema was fitted with a sound system very similar to the stereo cinema surround sound we have today.
SO, THANKS TO THE GENIUS AND INNOVATION OF WALT DISNEY, I CAN FORESEE A NEW ERA DAWNING, WHERE A NEW GENERATION OF CINEMAGOERS WILL FINALLY GET TO WATCH AND HEAR THOSE CLASSIC FILMS THE WAY THE GREAT MAN MEANT THEM TO BE SEEN AND HEARD.
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PETE PERRY IN 'STUDENT WATCH'
Watch part one of STUDENT WATCH, a mockumentary about Uni life by
PETE AND THE MOVIES
When Pete was a teenager in the 50s, he and his pals, Derek Soall and Cyril Smith started FILMART STUDIOS, which aimed to make films and animated cartoons. Sadly, Derek, their cameraman, died at the age of 23, and the dream was never realised. However, one of their films, A CASE OF A TRAVELLING SALESMAN survives on YouTube (see left).
CYRIL SMITH PETE PERRY
These photographs were taken in 1956, when FILMART STUDIOS were working on an animated feature of Pete's story THE SAINTS IN PARADISE. The film was never finished due to Derek's death, but the book has just been published
Pete Perry and his pals Derek Soall and Cyril Smith started FILMART STUDIOS in 1956. To watch one of their early films, A CASE OF A TRAVELLING SALESMAN,
DISNEY IN PEPPERLAND!
Well, our editor-in-chief Pete was over the Moon when he found out about Disney-Pixar's latest project. His two great passions in life have been Walt Disney (from when he first saw Snow White at the age of 3) and The Beatles. So you can imagine, - he is as high as Mr. Kite over the news that Disney-Pixar have bought the rights to YELLOW SUBMARINE and all The Beatles songs that feature in the film.
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This multi-plane rostrum was made by Derek's father Les.