Saturday, 28 August 2021

September 2021 update


MP 700 The Transformers. part 1

Linked via the Hasbro Pulse YouTube channel.  All 65 episodes of The Transformers season 1  and 2 are now available to view in full, next to their respective scripts and other production material.

MP 5206 Inhumanoids

With thanks to Jim Sorenson and Nathan Stacy, full storyboard sets for The Evil Eye and Primal Passions are now available for viewing.

It should be noted that The Evil Eye contains some scenes that were not deleted by Marvel producers, but were removed from the finished episode in post-production.  These scenes were clearly deemed as going too far, even by the standards of Inhumanoids.

The episode was also one of many across multiple shows being produced in mid-1986 that had it's runtime cut to around 19 minutes.  We can now see that this decision was taken by Marvel in LA, before the episode was sent to Toei.

Tuesday, 17 August 2021

Story outline of Ron Friedman's The Transformers The Movie script

 For the 35th anniversary of The Transformers: The Movie.  I have analysed and typed up Ron Friedman's 179 page draft script.  As it was marked "completed" on April 27th, 1985, not including any duplicate or additional pages from the May 2nd revisions.

This is not the actual outline that existed before writing of the main script commenced, that is linked here:

Outline (Revised 29/03/85)

Rather, this condenses the actual story told within the script down to 20 pages.

Full Script (linked for reference)

Script Outline - 20 pages, compiled by Simon Letch

Wednesday, 14 July 2021

Don Jurwich 1934-2021

From Will Meugniot's facebook:

Marvel Productions alumni Don Jurwich has passed away at the age of 87.  Among his many credits in a career spanning nearly 50 years, he was:

G.I Joe The Movie

Supervising Director
Spider-Man And His Amazing Friends

The Incredible Hulk (1982)
Bigfoot And The Muscle Machines

Supervising Producer
G.I Joe: A Real American Hero (all 95 episodes)

Voice Director
The Incredible Hulk (1982)
G.I Joe: A Real American Hero (The M.A.S.S Device and Season 1)

The Sunbow Marvel Archive wishes to offer condolences to all who knew him and all who enjoyed his work.

Saturday, 12 June 2021

June 2021 update


Various odds and ends added to the archive this month


Added a new section covering animated commercials that don't come under the umbrella of properties with full-length shows.  Including Battle Beasts, Ninja Warriors, Secret Wars and a Captain America PSA produced on behalf of the US Department Of Energy in 1981

Adding model sheets from various episodes from the 1988 season.  Will likely be expanding throughout the month.

Added ten pages of storyboard from the first episode of the main series, Cobra's Creatures (formerly known as Hi-Freak).

Added a new section covering MLP, containing the press pack for the anthology series My Little Pony N' Friends

Added 22 pages of turnaround sheets for the main Moondreamer and animal cast

Sunday, 2 May 2021

May 2021 update

*Updated 26/05/21*

MP 600 GI Joe part 2

Thanks to contributor Ransack The Elder, the archive now hosts on-set photos and storyboards for Griffin-Bacal's production of the 1992 GI Joe toy commercials.

After 1990, the agency dropped animated short-length advertising (at the same time as returning to full-length animation with Bucky O'Hare) in favour of serialized, live-action storytelling.   For 1992, the plot centered around a scheme by Destro (voiced by Arthur Burghardt for the final time) to kidnap and brainwash Duke into serving Cobra.

MP 400 Dungeons & Dragons

Added model sheets covering Expressions, Attitudes and Mouth Guides for the main cast members, Dungeon Master, Venger and Tiamat's Heads

Also, added model sheets for episode no.2 Eye Of The Beholder (Sir John, Sir John's Son, Blue Dragon, Escargyte and the Hyena-Like Creatures).

MP 500 Muppet Babies

Added the Construction Model sheets for all main cast members, as revised at the start of season 2.  Consisting of five or six sheets per character: Front (some with A and B views), Front 3/4 view, Side, Rear, Rear 3/4 view.  

Also replaced the existing sheets for Mouth Guides, Expressions, Attitudes, Turnarounds and Construction with better quality copies

Other shows

There is a new page at the archive for contemporary shows produced by other companies, not affliated with Sunbow or Marvel Productions.  Containing miscellaneous items, as well as production timelines I have put together as something of a hobby.  The page will also be a place for websites specializing in other franchises and companies to be linked.  If anyone knows of a website based around archiving animation production material that they feel should be linked, drop me a line on the Blogger contact form.

Shows/companies currently covered by the page are:

  • Filmation 1982-1987 (He-Man, She-Ra and Bravestarr)
  • Mister T 1983-1985 (including partial storyboard by Don Manuel)

  • Challenge Of The Go-Bots 1984-1986.  Including (with thanks to Jim Sorenson), an early treatment for the movie, vastly different from Battle Of The Rock Lords

  • The Real Ghostbusters 1986-1991
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1987-1996
  • Marvel Comics' Properties 1992-1997
  • Transformers (as an overall franchise)

Saturday, 24 April 2021

Housekeeping note 24/04/21

 All main show blog posts on the archive have been copied and transferred to blog pages, accessible via the tabs above.  The original posts will remain as they are for the time being, but all new updates will be added to the new pages only.  Please update your bookmarks.

Wednesday, 31 March 2021

April 2021 Update


Toyfair Catalogues

An ongoing project at the archive for this month will be to add the relevant catalogue sections to each show page.  Links and listings will be updated here as needed:

G.I Joe (part 1)

1982 Hasbro

1983 Hasbro

1984 Hasbro

1985 Hasbro 

1986 Hasbro Pre-Toyfair

1986 Hasbro

1987 Hasbro

1988 Hasbro

1984 Hasbro

1985 Hasbro

1986 Hasbro Pre-Toyfair

1986 Hasbro

1987 Hasbro (contributor credit: Ryan King)

1988 Hasbro (contributor credit: Ryan King)

1989 Hasbro (contributor credit: Ryan King)

1990 Hasbro (contributor credit: Ryan King)

1986 Milton Bradley

1986 Hasbro

1986 Hasbro 

1987 Hasbro

1988 Hasbro Pre-Toyfair (Jem removed from main catalogue)

1987 Hasbro (contributor credit: Ryan King)

1987 Hasbro (contributor credit: Ryan King)

1987 Hasbro (contributor credit: Ryan King)

1987 Hasbro (contributor credit: Ryan King)

1988 Hasbro (Toyline cancelled in late 1987, too late to be removed from the catalogue)

Production Material

MP 700 The Transformers

The newest addition to the archive, auctioned off by Flint Dille and scans contributed by new owner Steve Chu, are storyboards for Megatron's Master Plan, Part 2. 

Drawn by Keith Tucker, they cover the Additional Material insert that was added to Act 3 of the episode.  As Don Glut's script ran three to four minutes short of the required runtime.  This copy was sent to Flint Dille, in his role as Associate Producer of the show and was uncovered from his storage in late 2020.

NWA 6640 Biker Mice From Mars

Recently, I stumbled upon the unofficial fansite , which had lain untouched since 1998.  From the site, I salvaged and formatted two full scripts.  One for the season 2 episode Return To Mars, Part 3 and the late season 3 episode Caveat Mentor.

Biker Mice From Mars was the last show commissioned under the banner of Marvel Productions.  Solicited in trade adverts in 1992 and debuting in September 1993.  During 1993, changes within Marvel Entertainment Group saw the production company reorganised and renamed to New World Animation.  The writing of the series was reaching its conclusion at the end of summer 1994.  However, because the show remained on weekends during it's initial run and did not make the jump to weekday afternoons, new episodes kept airing until February 1996.