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NickToons Remastered (Part 1: Cel-Animated Episodes) (Idea / a WIP)

tomi said:

(If available, the original camera negatives/prepped for telecine/developed film will be digitally scanned in 4K. If optional, a wet gate scan will occur.)

and how are you gonna get that?

It would be up to the support of the fans, the producers (especially Klasky-Csupo producing most of the cel animated episodes).

No one knows where the negatives are archived/kept. ViacomCBS still own the master tapes, but as Rugrats for example appears on CBS All Access, many of the episodes still yet to recieve color correction as it appears washed out due to a recent scan/how it was transferred on to videotape.

NickToons Remastered (Part 1: Cel-Animated Episodes) (Idea / a WIP)

Hoping that if Nickelodeon has a streaming service of their own featuring all of Nickelodeon’s assets/content from the ViacomCBS Archives, I hoping that all NickToons in standard definition 480i/60i will get restored and remastered. Shown in 1080p and exported in 60p for many reasons.

Why 60p? Some episodes have transitions/graphics/effects and credits that were shown in 60 fps after a telecine to videotape/Avid editors. Many of the original negatives were originally cut together, and then transferred to broadcast tapes.

The 1st part of this extensive project is to restoring NickToons that were shot on 16/35mm film overseas. NickToons episodes that aired between 1991-2000.

If available, the original camera negatives/prepped for telecine/developed film will be digitally scanned in 4K. If optional, a wet gate scan will occur.

Then, the film will be color corrected, dust/dirt/and scratches removed, and it will be stabilized. The restored scenes are exported individually. That way when the finished half-hour episodes are edited, it will be exported at 1080p resolution at 60p frames per second. (Nickelodeon’s streaming service should be the one to show video at 60p instead of 29.97/30p. As many 90s kids experienced the magic of CRT TV’s soap opera effect.

Importantly, the original 4:3 aspect ratio will be preserved compared to The Simpsons’ remaster

Here is the list of cel-animated episodes of NickToons with the amount of episodes needed to be restored to 4K/1080p at 60p.

This would also include the original pilots produced/pitched before Nickelodeon picked the shows up. And main titles too.

Doug (1991-1994, 4 Seasons, 52 Half-Hours) (Hanho Heung-Up, Shanghai Morning Sun)

Rugrats (1991-2000, 6 Seasons, 126 Half-Hours) (Wang Film (Season 1), Anivision/Sunwoo (Season 2-6)

  • 127 but 1 of them being “Runaway Reptar” is animated digitally (in a future post, digitally animated 480p episodes will receive a 1080p/60p upscale with artifacts removed straight from the digital source.

The Ren and Stimpy Show (1991-1996, 5 Seasons, 52-Half Hours*)

*Some of these will be censored/removed or recieve an advisory warning. “Man’s Best Friend”, if moved to CBS All Access, will recieve an advisory warning. 16 segments were animated digitally.

Rocko’s Modern Life (1993-1996, 4 Seasons, 52-Half Hours)

Aahhh! Real Monsters (1994-1997, 4 Seasons, 52-Half Hours)

SpongeBob SquarePants (1999-2000, 1 Season, 20-Half Hours) Along with some live action footage either on film or video at 60i, it will be exported correctly at 60p.

Other NickToons with cel animation but switched/used digital ink and paint at some point.

Hey Arnold!
Oh Yeah! Cartoons
The Wild Thornberrys

Comment below if you like to see your favorite cel-animated NickToons/episodes restored in high defintion.

The Magic School Bus in 4K (1994-1997) (* unfinished project *)

Not unless Nelvana, not Scholastic, has the original camera negatives.

Most cel animated shows (photographed in South Korea/China/Taiwan/Philippines) are a bit hard to find. The negatives are cut together and processed in laboratories in Canada.

Although Nelvana has digitally remastered a 1980s cartoon in the early 2000s as well as bringing in a stereo audio track with the original soundtrack intact while the original broadcast was in mono sound (only reducing many of the dirt and dust).

The high quality 1980s Nelvana logo would be hard to find since it is partly shot on film as well as some of the video layers being done within an Ampex ADO system.

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977) Stereo Mix (LD rip available)

WaltWiz1901 said:

Had a listen to this mix via some videos on both the playlist embed in the original post and an Internet Archive playlist of the same tape (unfortunately featuring only the first 20 minutes or so of the film as opposed to the YouTube playlist), and I am floored by how wide/spacious it is compared to most of the other home video releases’ audio tracks! Any idea if the opening music to Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day and the closing cues to …and the Honey Tree and …and Tigger Too were recorded in stereo, too?

If Disney can’t be bothered to use the original stereophonic stems for their multi-channel remixes, they should definitely use them for a Legacy Collection CD set of the “Winnie the Pooh” featurettes/The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

It is possible that Buddy Baker’s recordings were a simple three-channel mix. As in Honey Tree was recorded in 1965/66. On 35mm magnetic track masters. The 1996 laserdisc of Many Adventures is probably the highest quality out there. The 5.1 mix doesn’t come close to it.

Info & Info Wanted: 'The Care Bears Movie' (1985) Samuel Goldwyn/Nelvana - Original Theatrical Release/Stereo Remix

I have noticed first that this LP of the Nelvana produced/Samuel Goldwyn distributed release of 1985’s Care Bears Movie includes the film’s songs as well as selections of the score composed by Patricia Cullen… in Stereo.

All video releases have the film in mono sound. However, an Ebay listing of a 35mm print says it is in Dolby Stereo, as it shows a 2-channel optical track on the film. It could be in mono, but some of the stereo recordings from the LP can help.

According to the Youtube user of this video, “the credit screen color (blue) that was seen on Canada’s ‘First Choice-SuperChannel’ when the movie debuted there in late-fall of 1986”.

The blue background in the credits might be original since it is on the 1985 Vestron VHS release.

So when it was first released in 1985, did it have the blue screen credits? Well, most prints since MGM released newer prints of the movie first on VHS in 2000 included black screen credits from now onward, and even on the latest Starz broadcast. Why the change to the black background?

Maybe the blue screen was probably to match the Samuel Goldwyn Company logo at the start of the film with a synthesized fanfare composed for the film based on Carole King’s title song.

To sum up, is there a possible stereo remix and blue-screen credits from its original 1985 release, and change to the black background on newer prints since 2000?

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977) Stereo Mix (LD rip available)

Thanks to this playlist, the 1996 VHS of this 1977 film from Walt Disney Productions has a 2-Channel stereo mix that is nowhere on any other release except on this tape. Probably this is a stereo remix for this special VHS edition.

Using the recent remastered version with this stereo mix, it makes me think with most Disney films in the 70s, they released stuff in mono optical sound on 16/35mm prints through the RCA Sound System (Photophone).

For the 1996 VHS, Disney was celebrating 30 years of the first Winnie the Pooh featurette, The Honey Tree in 1966.

When Buddy Baker, the music director/arranger/conductor of the Pooh featurettes, recorded the scores for the 3 (Honey Tree, Blustery Day, Tigger Too!), it was probably recorded in multi-track analog tape and mixed in stereo, downmixed for mono optical sound prints, and was kept in the Disney vaults until this specific video release in '96.

Stereo tapes/records were available in 1965/66, 1968, and 1974 (when the shorts were made.)

(In the link, you’ll notice in the opening music cue, the violins are panned left and the harp is panned right.)

So with the recent release on Blu-Ray and with the 1996 Stereo Mix, it should make a unique experience.