The seagull's enlistment record includes the surnames "Cannon," "Hurtz," "Pyle," "Engel," "Klynn" and "Schnerk," all names of UPA employees.
The National Archives and Records Administration premiered a newly-restored print of this film in late April 2012 before a crowd of 300 at the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) Conference. This debut marked the National Archives' first-ever digital cinema theatrical release, and the first time that the National Archives contributed to the conference.
Archives supervisory motion picture preservation specialist Criss Kovac, who brought the film to Beijing, explained why The Sailor and the Seagull was selected: "We chose the film because it was done by United Productions of America, an emerging film studio in the late 1940s. This animation studio produced industrial films, World War II training films, theatrical shorts for Columbia Pictures, and went on to create several popular series, including Mr. Magoo and Dick Tracy."
The National Archives film preservation team painstakingly cleaned and digitally restored the film in full high-definition. Work began on the film in January 2012, and took more than 80 hours. National Archives motion picture preservation specialist Bryce Lowe led the project.
"This work is labor intensive," Kovac explained. "Film takes, on average, four times longer to restore in the digital workflow than the traditional photo chemical-based workflow. This film is a special case because most of the tools we'd normally use on restoration, we couldn't use on this film because animation has much softer lines."
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