Saturday, April 18, 2009

Souvenir Saturday - Jiminy Cricket Fire Fighter”.

Welcome to Souvenir Saturday (and possible Sunday). Here’s a wonderful children’s book “Jiminy Cricket – Fire Fighter”. From 1956, this little book is similar the golden gems books, but this one is published by Simon & Schuster. While most of the book takes place in fictional homes of the characters, it is framed as being in Disneyland.

The art work is outstanding as it’s done by the Walt Disney Studios. I love Jiminy Cricket and there are some fantastic renderings here of the little guy. You can download the entire book at the link below.

Jiminy Cricket Fire Fighter 1956 - 60mb

Only a limited cast from the Disney animation vaults made it into this little book, but it was some fine casting indeed. Here are a few snippets of who’s in the book.

This of course reminds me of one of Jiminy’s super safety films from the 1950’s “I’m no fool with fire”. I have them all on 16mm film; someday I’ll figure out how to project, scan & post them, until then, enjoy this YouTube clip (link).


Disney On Parole said...

WOW! These images are Great!!!!
Thanks for the POST!
"Stop, Drop and Roll!"

Major Pepperidge said...

Interesting how Jiminy had a big comeback thanks to the Mickey Mouse Club and the "I'm No Fool" series. He is one of my all-time favorite Disney characters; years ago I bought a small cel of him from Pinocchio!

CoxPilot said...

I had the same problem with my 16 mm "Wally Wins His Wings" film. It comes out surprisingly well if you just rent a 16 mm projector from the library, and shoot it with a digital video cam. From there, I downloaded the recording to my Mac in iMovie. From that point you can burn a DVD (and export clips too). The trick is to have the video cam RIGHT in front of the screen on a flat surface, and have the room VERY dark.

keeline said...

The standard frame rate of film is different than video so it can be difficult to capture it without a significant flicker effect with the image getting brighter and darker. You can sometimes play with the camera shutter speed to minimize this. I had my best success with 1/60 rather than faster ones. If the projector you rent has a speed adjustment knob then that can help by taking it slightly off the standard.

Often the professional services won't touch copyrighted films for all of the obvious reasons. However, when this work is done on amateur films, they have a system (often mechanical) to shoot some frames twice and other frames thrice. This action is done more or less at real time. A better job could be done by a more deliberate approach but people seldom have time for that.

The hot projection lights can harm film if it is run too slowly or stopped. Of course, if there was a real market for this sort of thing, white LEDs could be used. I have seen a battery-operated, hand cranked, plastic projector for 8mm/Super8 film that uses white LEDs. It's still not a transfer device.


Anonymous said...

Hi... just happen to cross your site...

Im planning to go to Tokyo or Hong Kong Disney this Christmas. Hoho and I found some stuffs from Hong Kong Disneyland here as well:

I will definitely take tones of photos there!!!

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Thank you for sharing such a rare treasure.
Unfortunately the download link for the book 'Jiminy Cricket Fire Fighter 1956' doesn't seem to be working.
Could you check please? Thanks!