“In the annals of Hollywood, Academy Award winner George Pal will always be remembered as a titan, a brilliant visionary who profoundly shaped the art of motion pictures. As an animator, Pal was a pioneer of stop-motion animation known as Puppetoons and a peer of Walt Disney and Walter Lantz. In the 1950’s as a producer and director of live-action films, he brought to the screen such classics as “The War of the Worlds”, “The Time Machine”, “When Worlds Collide”, “Destination Moon”, “Tom Thumb”, “Houdini”, “Atlantis the Lost Continent” “The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm”, “7 Faces of Dr. Lao”, “The Power”, “Doc Savage: Man of Bronze” and others. Pal’s cinematic legacy can be traced in the works of Walt Disney, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Gene Roddenberry, Tim Burton, James Cameron, Peter Jackson and dozens of others.
The original 1 inch ‘B’ NTSC video format used in the production of “The Fantasy Film Worlds of George Pal” are long out of use. To make matters worse, only 2 working ‘B’ NTSC machines exist that can aid in the digitization process. There is no telling how long these machines will last or their working parts as they are also no longer in existence! It goes without saying, this is a severe race against time to preserve what represents the only film document ever made on George Pal and the beloved one of a kind icons that worked with him…. most of whom have sadly passed on.
Talent interviews to preserve includes: Rod Taylor, Alan Young, Tony Randall, Tony Curtis, Ray Harryhausen, Ray Bradbury, Gene Roddenberry, Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, Russ Tamblyn, Barbara Eden, Ann Robinson, Roy E. Disney, Ward Kimball, Robert Wise, George Pal, Mrs. George Pal, David Pal, Gae Griffith, Walter Lantz, Gene Warren Sr., Wah Chang, Jim Danforth, Robert Bloch, Chesley Bonestell, Albert Nozaki, William Tuttle, Duke Goldstone, Bob Baker and Phil Kellison.
The digitizations will be used to upgrade existing productions. Eventually they will be find a home with film footage companies and possibly donated to an educational institution yet to be determined. Your generous donations will help save these important interviews from deterioration and will be most gratefully appreciated by me and future generations to come!
Arnold Leibovit is an award-winning writer, director and producer. He wrote, directed and produced the acclaimed film tribute The Fantasy worlds of George Pal (1986) profiling the life of the Oscar winning science fiction and fantasy film pioneer, who directed the first screen telling of H.G. Wells’ “The Time Machine”.
Following this film, Leibovit obtained the rights to “The Time Machine” book and the motion picture which led to his Executive Producing the (2002) Dreamworks/Warner Bros. remake starring Guy Pearce and Jeremy Irons with special effects by Digital Domain, Industrial Light and Magic and Stan Winston. Leibovit is currently Executive Producing a re-imagining of “The Time Machine” with “It” director Andres Muschietti and Leonardo DiCaprio as well a re-boot of George Pal’s Oscar winner “7 Faces of Dr. Lao”.
For more information about this crowdfunding project then go to their page RIGHT HERE.”
BTW – The latest episode of the 5D podcast is now out…… we’re currently trending in Singapore, you know!
5D Podcast: Our review of Shazam, The Joker trailer, Avengers tickets sales & The Matrix at 20!
In the latest 5D Podcast we share our thoughts after seeing Shazam! In addition there’s some chat about the new Joker trailer and also the humongous business that Avengers: End Game is doing in ticket pre-sales. Finally, we talk about the 20th anniversary of The Matrix…….20 years???!!!
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