Baseball Crank
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February 1, 2005
HISTORY: The Darkroom Floor

Speaking of Carson, Bill Simmons' intern asked last week: "Can you imagine being the idiot that erased the old "Tonight" shows? I bet he's the first guy to be put IN the Hollywood Walk of Fame." Yeah, that's bad. But I can top that one: read this harrowing account of how war photographer Robert Capa risked life and limb landing with the Allied invasion on D-Day, shooting over 100 irreplaceable images of the heroism, chaos and tragedy of that landing, only to have all but ten destroyed by a darkroom assistant's blunder.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 7:37 AM | History | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Back in the early days of the Disney studio, when they didn't have much money, animators were forced to reuse acetate cells for new productions. Thus, original artwork for a lot of early Disney cartoons no longer exists.

Granted, that's not as bad as botching 90% of the D-Day pictures...

Posted by: Steverino at February 1, 2005 2:45 PM

Disney got religion pretty quickly, though; they were big on saving anything they thought they could sell (cels included), and stopped doing that kind of thing. Now, the real offenders were MGM and Warner Bros, who figured their animated cartoon shorts were just filler; they dumped cels by the thousands into the trash.

True story: a co-worker of mine who grew up in Burbank, near the famed Termite Terrace where Chuck Jones worked, used to take cels from the dumpsters, put them in milk bottles, and lit same on fire. In an enclosed space, they exploded nicely... he later related to me that had he had any interest in saving even a few hundred of those cels, he would now be set for life. Ten-year-olds are not known for their financial or artistic prowess, however...

Posted by: Rob McMillin at February 1, 2005 3:06 PM
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