It's countdown time for the world premiere of the Winsor McCay/Bill Plympton version of “The Flying House” at the Hamptons Film Festival October 13th-17th. I've decided to make a documentary DVD that explains the background of my decision to create this new version of the film.
Also, I want to include the original version of the film on the DVD, and perhaps talk to some of my assistants about working on the Winsor McCay project.
I'm really excited about the new film “The Flying House”. Briefly, the whole idea started when I was watching a compilation of his work and was struck by how magnificent “The Flying House” (1921) was, yet how in all my years as an animator I'd never seen the film. What a shame! I quickly surmised that although it was a delightful story with terrific animation, the poor quality of the film stock, intertitles, and the lack of sound and color made it a very difficult film to enjoy. So I decided to take it upon myself to resurrect this forgotten masterpiece. It's been a 2-year project, and finally now I get to show it to the world at the prestigious Hamptons Film Festival.
However, a number of film and animation scholars have objected to my project. In fact, there was a lively debate on Mark Mayerson's site – I encourage you to go there and witness the carnage: