Check out this amazing and informative short film from the folks at VOX. Hosted by Phil Edwards, this episode of Vox Almanac features one of Max Fleischer's best known inventions, the rotoscope. What made the rotoscope so special? What does it really do? How is it still impacting film making today? Find out the answer to these questions, and so much more in just five minutes. Thanks Vox!
This month, Cosmo online featured drag queen Blair Bitch's "Betty Boop inspired" transformation - complete with the most remarkable inflatable wig we've ever seen - and we just couldn't wait to share it with you! You can watch the full transformation HERE.
Of course, watching Blair Bitch's fantastic transformation reminded us of the many creative and ingenious Boop transformations making their away around the internet, so we thought we'd take the opportunity to share just a few of our favorites. A great reminder that any time is the right time to get your Betty Boop on!
Yes, that's right: Superman and Betty Boop!
Released November 28, 1941, "The Mechanical Monsters" will be celebrating its 77th anniversary. What a wonderful way to celebrate!
Find out how to attend one of Fathom Events special screenings of Superman HERE.
Did you know?
Clark Kent transformed into Superman in a phone booth for the very first time in "The Mechanical Monster." This, of course, would go on to become a central feature of the Superman mythology.
We expect to see Superman in the sky, but what the heck is Betty Boop doing up in the sky?
You can find the Short Treks episode "Calypso" on CBS All-Access now.
Mickey Mouse made his first screen appearance 90 years ago today - on November 18, 1928.
Though Disney and Fleischer were most often viewed as competing studios -- and they were indeed competitors in the marketplace -- the two studios had a number of talented and imaginative animators in common.
Find out more about the historic links between these two animation icons in this special exhibit!
All of us at Fleischer Studios join the world in mourning the loss of Stan Lee, the legendary writer, editor and publisher of Marvel Comics.
The original Fleischer Superman films feature prominently in a recent New York Times review of DC Universe, DC Entertainment's new streaming service.
Project Runway All Stars is Thrown for a Loop by Betty Boop™ in the Latest Episode Airing February 8th
In episode 606, “Thrown for a Loop by Betty Boop,” Betty Boop herself will take the stage with host Alyssa Milano to task the contestants with creating a chic Hollywood look inspired by the animation icon. The episode airs Thursday, February 8th at 9pm ET/PT on Lifetime. Find our more in our press room HERE.
We're so excited about Betty's stylish new streetwear collection from Lazy Oaf! The Betty Boop x Lazy Oaf 15-piece collection features styles for women and men, including a jacket, sweatshirts, jeans, oversized dresses, a tote and more.
Inspiration for this unique collection came from the best of Betty Boop classic character memorabilia, vintage Americana Betty leather jackets, and 1980s and ‘90s streetwear references. The collection embodies Betty’s trademark pin-up sass, mixed with streetwear silhouettes and signature oversized Oaf shapes.
Lazy Oaf founder and head designer Gemma Shiel says, “Betty is an icon, someone that I have grown up with, she is sexy, sassy, empowering and essentially street smart. She bucks expectations and goes her own way which is what I encourage everyone to do! Working with Betty has been a dream.
You can check out more of the new designs below and shop the whole collection at LazyOaf.com.
From Los Angeles to New York, and beyond, Betty Boop seems to be everywhere this holiday season! Last week, she was featured in the 86th Hollywood Christmas Parade and on the cover of New Yorker Magazine!
You'll also find Betty in the pages of We're Going to Be Friends, the first ever children's book by Jack White (the multi-talented, twelve-time Grammy-winning lead singer of the White Stripes) with illustrations by Ren and Stimpy animator, Elinor Blake. The book, released just a two weeks ago, features a full page image of a vintage Betty Boop pocket watch.
In Barcelona, Filmoteca de Catalunya's just wrapped up its Fleischer Film Festival featuring a showing of Betty Boop in "Snow White."
If all this leaves you hankering to see some vintage Betty Boop on the big screen, don't miss the Echo Park Film Center Classic Cartoon Family Night in Southern California on December 6th.
It's the perfect addition to your Halloween viewing, including some seriously surreal clips, like the one above from "Bubbles." Check it out here!
Nearly two years ago, on December 6, 2015, we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the day Max Fleischer submitted his patent application for the Rotoscope. This year we're celebrating the date on which the United States Patent and Trademark Office officially approved Max Fleischer's patent application: October 9, 1917.
Now in Fleischer Studios Museum: Part Three of our interview with animator, historian and author Ray Pointer. In this section of the interview, Pointer focuses on Max Fleischer's many inventions and innovations. With his background as an animator, Pointer is able to place Max's innovations in context of the period, and the state of the industry at the time.
Don't miss this fascinating glimpse into the challenges and ambitions of early animation!
Wanna know more about these contraptions? Check out the interview here.
The Incredibly Surprising History and Future of Brooklyn Animation - Friday, September 29 in New York City
The panel, moderated by archivist David Kay (The Winthrop Group) will include:
We just had to share this fascinating post from the website dedicated to the work and life of Max Fleischer's son, and famed movie director, Richard Fleischer! Richard's son, and the President and CEO of Fleischer Studios, Mark Fleischer, recounts this riveting story from the 1961 set of Barabbas -
Some years ago my father, Richard Fleischer, was directing the movie “Barabbas” in Rome. One of the most dramatic scenes of the movie was the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. At the time that my father was preparing to shoot that scene, a total eclipse of the sun was scheduled to occur at nearby Sienna.
You can check out the amazing eclipse footage in this scene from Barabbas here!
It was on August 9, 1930, that a doe-eyed, nameless nightclub singer made her big screen debut in "Dizzy Dishes." Though her role was brief, she quickly won over audiences, and it wasn't long before she became known to the world as Betty Boop.
We hope you enjoy this short video tribute to Betty, and don't forget to check out the 6-part Betty Boop exhibit in our Museum!