Max Fleischer

Animator, Producer, Cartoonist
Walt Disney's main screen animation competitor in the 1930s and the creator, with brother Dave (1894-1979), of cartoon luminaries such as Betty Boop, Koko the Clown, and Popeye. The brothers also made the famous silent ... Read more »
Born: 07/16/1883 in Austria

Filmography

other (22)

By The Light Of The Silvery Moon 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Dancing On The Moon 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Dinah 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Females Is Fickle 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Hawaiian Birds 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Koko's Earth Control 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Modeling 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Poor Cinderalla 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Popeye The Sailor Man 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Red Hot Mama 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Somewhere In Dreamland 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Stopping The Show 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Superman In The Electric Earthquake 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Swing You Sinners 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

The Betty Boop Show 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Producer

Gulliver's Travels 1938 (Movie)

(Producer)

Snow White 1932 (Movie)

(Producer)

A Car-Tune Portrait (TV Show)

Producer

Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp (TV Show)

Producer

Little Swee' Pea (TV Show)

Producer

Biography

Walt Disney's main screen animation competitor in the 1930s and the creator, with brother Dave (1894-1979), of cartoon luminaries such as Betty Boop, Koko the Clown, and Popeye. The brothers also made the famous silent "Out of the Inkwell" series which combined live actors with animation, and breathed life into features such as "Gulliver's Travels" (1939) and instructional films like "The Einstein Theory of Relativity" (1923) and "Darwin's Theory of Evolution" (1925). Fleischer made a significant contribution to animation technology with the Rotoscope, a machine which projects live-action film in such a way that animated characters may be traced directly from real-life figures. Son Richard is a director and daughter Ruth an actress.

Relationships

Essie Fleischer

Wife

Ruth Fleischer

Daughter

Richard Fleischer

Son
assumed direction of Fleischer Studios

Charlie Fleischer

Brother
invented amusement arcade "Clawdigger"

Dave Fleischer

Brother

Louis Fleischer

Brother
at one time involved in Fleischer Studio

EDUCATION

Mechanics and Tradesmen's School

New York , New York

Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

New York , New York

Art Students League of New York

New York , New York

Milestones

1967

Retired

1962

Formed second Out of the Inkwell, Inc. Production company

1941

Produced instructional films for Jam-Handy company

1940

Second feature-length film, "Mr. Bug Goes to Town" failed at boxoffice; Paramount foreclosed on loans and shut down studio

1939

Made feature-length animated film, "Gulliver's Travels"

1936

Made medium-length animated film, "Popeye the Sailor Meets Sinbad the Sailor"

1929

Formed Fleischer Studios, Inc. (with brother Dave); films distributed through Paramount

1925

Acquired Red Seal Picture, distribution company

1919

Formed Out of the Inkwell Films, Inc. (with brother Dave)

1916

Hired by John Randolph Bray at Paramount, to produce animation sequences for "Bray Pictograph" series

1915

Invented the Rotoscope

1914

Joined Crouse-Hands as commercial artist and "Popular Science Monthly" as art editor

1913

Worked as errand boy for Brooklyn "Daily Eagle" and Boston photengraver (date approxcimate)

1887

Family moved to New York City

Made US Army instructional films

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