Watching 16mm cartoons (part 1 of 3)

Mike Matei / September 20th, 2009


  • avgn fan101

    April 11, 2010 at 7:09 am

    cool i want 16mm films

    • December 10, 2015 at 11:43 pm

      Me too! I have my Bell & Howell Filmosound 552 Specialist projector which was originally made for schools or libraries, so I have a batch of cartoons on 16mm.

  • darth moo 93

    April 15, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    gives a new meaning to “home cinema” 😉

  • April 18, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    This was random but fun 🙂

  • Liam Gauci

    April 26, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    Thanks a lot of this guys, very interesting stuff! I wish I had enough money to be able to have such a collection myself! lol. I hope you make more of these kinds of clips because they’re loads of fun to watch and it’s nice that you share your hobbies with us!

  • alex1288

    April 28, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    this is going back far, really far for a movie format, I’m surprised that you can still find this stuff.

  • Strazdas

    April 30, 2010 at 8:18 am

    I really wish a lot of film woudl be trnasfered into digintal format. lets face it film is dieing and a lot of movies are getting lost that way. in digital format you can store it forever and its much easier to make copies and show it.

  • nykane

    May 4, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    The vinegar smell comes from the decomposition of tri acetate cellulose from which the film stock is made.

  • Edward

    May 8, 2010 at 11:27 am

    Actually, believe it or not, good old film like that has better quality than digital things like DVDs or even BluRay. They even still use it in cinemas today. If you were to take a BluRay and put it on a sheet the size of 6 busses (3×2) you’d be able to see the pixels. I know for I’ve been behind the scenes of a cinema and it has all been explained. Harry Potter was on a nice big rotating plate, actually 2 Big Plates, one reel playing and the next reel queued in the machine for when the first one ends.

    Woah, just made me think of the rendering time of some of those CGI effects for a resolution of… um… 20mm, fine quality would be 1px per nano meter, nano is a billionth… Yikes! I don’t think BluRay does Petapixel Films! O_O

  • WolfDOuka

    May 8, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    How do you splice exactly. I keep on imagining you cutting the films with a sharp razor or something and taping the tapes together using a special tape or gluing it together somehow.

    How do you do it?

  • nykane

    May 19, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    I bet he’s using one of these…

  • otto meyer III

    May 20, 2010 at 7:36 am

    This kind of stuff was my 1st experience of the movies. 8 – 10 minute editions of Abbott & Costello comedies, Tom & Jerry cartoons, old travelogues all on Super 8MM film. Some silent ,some sound. Even some sound movies in silent versions !

    Now these formats have been replaced by dvd / digital copies etc… but I’ve still kept a few back and every couple of years out comes the old projector & screen and the good old days are back.

    This gave me my 1st taste of old films and got me interested to start with. Trying to keep a bit of interest going with my kids but these prints either on 8MM or 16MM are getting scarcer and scarcer.

    Anyway great little 3 parter.

  • Chamuco Roboto

    May 24, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    That process is still done in theaters, only the proyectors are big things, like fridges, and you have to pass the film over a lot of rollers. Films come bigger, like in pizza plates. Sometimes you have to splice a movie when it is playing, for when a movie is played in 2 different rooms.


    May 27, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    I just saw your black cat at 1:25 James!

  • angrygamer1

    May 30, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    i wanna try and get wut u guys have and try and get dr who reells 😀

  • September 29, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    Thanks for making this film guys. It was really cool to see how film splicing worked. I’ve heard the term but wasn’t sure how it all worked out. It was cool to watch you add leader and transfer from the little plastic roll to an actual wheel. You learn something every day!

  • October 2, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    Awesome. I spliced and built my first film on Thursday. I had to build Inception from 7 35mm reels to show on a FP 25 Projector. The end result was one huge mother of a reel. Was really clenching my butt cheeks when my first splice was coming up during the show! (In case it broke!)

    It was a really awesome part of my job to do, and it just kept reminding me of these 3 episodes you put up a good while ago.

  • supermuffin

    October 18, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    someone, find london after midnight!!!! My grandpa works in cinema and we recently found 3 fragments of film from it but they were unreadable, and could never be restored.

  • December 5, 2010 at 11:20 am

    being entertained and learning about the history of film at the same time. one of the many reasons i enjoy film over dvd or digitalized film is because original film when you think about it, really is a dying art.

  • kaijufan43

    January 29, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    The vinegar smell is from the emulsion used to develop the film i believe.

  • urrutiap

    January 29, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    I think its great that James aka Angrey Videogame Nerd loves the old Looney Tunes cartoons and the old film projector. You dont see many other young people these days use that stuff. Yeah they may be noisy but that’s the whole point of the film projector devices. Also old home movies are the best also.

  • January 29, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    i love how casual you guys are about it just like “yeah, we have big collections of 16mm film. you know. no biggie”

    but this officially means you 2 take part in all of the hobbies i consider cool. so your like my fonz or duke nukem. congrats.

  • CrimsonFireCF

    January 29, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    Looks like half the fun of watching 16mm film is setting it up first! Very cool guys. 😀

  • urrutiap

    January 30, 2011 at 1:05 am

    the whole setting up the 16mm films look like a challenge. Frustrating yes but also fun too at the same time. This reminds me of that scene in Friday the 13th Part IV where Ted watches some weird old black and white porn thing

  • nicestpartsofhell

    January 30, 2011 at 3:03 am

    Very cool stuff as usual guys! But I have to say, you guys look completely stoned hahahahaha!

  • June 7, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    it is really freaky that im wearing the same shirt as james in this one 0_o

  • ralonx

    July 15, 2011 at 1:06 am

    Very cool, oh and they smell like vinegar because originally that is one of the main ingredients for developing film 🙂 when they get old a degrade, they give off the smell of the developing fluid (vinegar) 🙂

  • GreenMushroom

    July 18, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    This is incredibly interesting!

  • exploda

    August 22, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    guillotines are not medieval!

  • sidl3000

    October 22, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    so I always wondered if you guys smoked. This video answers my question lol

  • Doogrisa

    January 31, 2012 at 12:13 am

    I remember those things from elementary school. They are pretty loud.

  • armakuni

    February 15, 2012 at 12:06 am

    You guys collect some really obscure stuff, I love videos like this!

  • Fluteloop

    February 20, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    The childhood memories of school 🙂

  • tonyageall

    February 26, 2012 at 8:13 am

    you guys are fucking awesome but where the fuck are you getting all this money for all this shit?!

  • TheSonicChaotix

    February 29, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    I agree. I collect VHS and Laserdisc and have even started collecting Film. Cost me 400$ for like a Jaws Trailer or promo. Goddamn.

  • tonyageall

    March 1, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    guess waiting for all the god damn adds at the beginning of all these videos is paying off

  • JonasPettersson

    March 15, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    You know! 😀 

  • March 18, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    You guys watching movies and cartoons on film rather than on DVD or BluRay is kinda like me listening to music on Vinyl rather than CD or Mp3. The originality of the media, wether it’s music or movies, is astonishing. Like on Vinyl, you have the scratches from the turntable and the needle hitting the record… The sound is real, it has a history. It’s just BETTER!! So damn all the non-believers, keep the originality alive and rock on!! m/_(òÓ,)

  • tonyageall

    March 19, 2012 at 2:28 am

    oh I believe what you are saying. but like vinyl it can get expensive. the 16mm reels that these guys have are the equivalent to original 78’s. they are fucking damn expensive!

  • Arcade

    March 24, 2012 at 5:57 pm


  • Evans90

    March 29, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    I really love your videos like this. It’s so neat to learn about these things

  • Drunkefox

    August 17, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    question, how does the sound get recorded on on the films? or does the sound comes separated and has to be synchronized or how does that work?

    • joeshats

      March 10, 2014 at 2:13 am

      mostly its something called optical sound, which is is like a wavy graph line on the right side of the film that gets translated into sound. there are some films with a magnetic strip along one side sort of like whats in a cassette tape.

  • Ruben

    February 6, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    Looks very fun to watch 16mm films.

  • BladeRunner

    September 23, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    classic James & Mike awesome

  • April 7, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    Nice collection! These were films that it was given from local indie TV stations that ran cartoons every weekday morning back in the 1970’s and 1980’s, mostly came from drive-in theaters where they showed the cartoons right before the intermission or during the intermission. They got a bunch of cartoons mostly Disney, WB, etc. and sadly, no Terrytoons and no Paramount cartoons was shown during the video. Those were the good old days of watching cartoons from 16mm film prints was shown on local TV back in the 1970’s and 1980’s. Like I said, there were the films that someone had in its private collection that they usually worked at a TV station for years when it was independent. I have my Kodak Super Showtime 8 movie projector and it works and runs great and it needs a new light, and it runs on silent 8mm film, but I don’t have 8mm movies in my procession.

  • batratspidercrab

    May 1, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    Where are some good places to buy 35mm movies?

  • June 29, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    I picked up a Bell & Howell Filmosound 16mm projector several months ago but havent gotten any films/reels to test out on it.

  • Don Skiver

    November 22, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    I have a soft spot for analog formats too. :}

  • Behemoth

    December 12, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    you know these lil films like this is why I like these guys, they remind me of myself and my friends, keep ’em coming yeah

  • King L.

    April 8, 2015 at 1:03 am

    For me, most of modern chase cartoons, especially the WB ones like Road Runner & Tweety, owe themselves to Tom and Jerry! and Woody and some wacky characters probably are inspired by an early Daffy Duck…

  • April 27, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    i like how you feel like you need to explain WHY you are watching original cartoons on original film.. like.. you guys are doing it the right way. You guys are amazing

  • May 17, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    I recently got my Kodak Instamatic M110 movie projector off of eBay this past Tuesday and it works great. It runs both standard 8mm and Super 8 films. I have two projectors that I have, my Kodak Super Showtime 8, and now, my Kodak Instamatic M110 projector, and I have two Disney Super 8 cartoons featuring scenes from “Cinderella” in which I have the full movie on VHS. Plus, a boatload of cartoons on 8mm, many of these are made by Castle Films and they are all silent.

  • April 26, 2016 at 4:36 am

    Awesome stuff

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