How a 100-Year-Old Animated Film Is Restored!

Fun new episode of Adam Savage’s Tested that takes a close-up look at the complex and delicate process of film restoration. It seems like appreciation for classic animation and its tecniques like rotoscoping has been in the air recently, and we are very much here for it!

In a century of animated cinema, the importance of animator Max Flesicher cannot be overstated. Fleischer created Betty Boop, produced the original Popeye and Superman cartoons, and also invented the Rotoscope. Fabulous Fleischer Cartoons Restored is on a mission to restore the films of Max Fleischer from original prints and negatives. We visited the team and restoration expert Steve Stanchfield at Blackhawk Films, a film scanning facility in Southern California to learn about the restoration process and watch a classic Koko the Clown short brought back to life.


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