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Just in time for Halloween!
Check out the fourth installment of our interview with Ray Pointer, animator, historian and author of The Art and Inventions of Max Fleischer. This fascinating - and final - portion of our interview focuses on the Surrealism found in so many Fleischer cartoons, and why we shouldn't let it get in the way of enjoying the opportunity to be amused.
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!
"The Amazing and Incredible History and Future of Brooklyn Animation" coming to Brooklyn July 25th!
New York City area friends aren't going to want to miss this amazing celebration coming to the Brooklyn Historical Society on July 25th!
The event will feature rare and classic films by the many pioneers of animation that got their start in Brooklyn, including Max Fleischer who created the very first rotoscoped animated film in his Brooklyn living room The evening will also include a discussion moderated by archivist David Kay.
The Amazing and Incredible History and Future of Brooklyn Animation
The J-esthetics media campaing also includes print and digital ads, posters in transit stations, on subway and trains, print ads, electronic billboards and contests.
You can find part one of our discussion HERE. Stay tuned for even more of our discussion with Mr. Pointer in the coming weeks!
Ray Pointer is the author of The Art and Inventions of Max Fleischer.
Now on CBCRadio: How the 'independent, sexy, smart' Betty Boop continues to stay relevant after 87 years
Check out these fabulous new looks strutting the catwalk last week in Los Angeles!
The collection will include items for men, women and children, so the entire family can be outfitted in Moschino style gear featuring Betty Boop and Pudgy!
(click photos to enlarge)
Los Angeles fans, mark your calendars! On Thursday, May 11th, LACMA's Independent Film series will present the fourth film in its Bring the Noise series: Fleischer Studio's animated classic, "Gulliver's Travels."
Bring the Noise invites musical artists to compose an original score for one of their favorite films, and play the score live in real time to accompany the movie. This very special event will present the music of Inc. No World (featuring brothers, Andrew and Daniel Aged.)
Bring the Noise: Gulliver's Travels
Thursday, May 11 at 7:30
at LACMA's Bing Theater
Tickets and more information here.
Check out our own Betty Boop sporting a modern new look and fabulously updated wardrobe in the May Issue of ELLE Magazine - on newsstands and online now!
This very special feature re-imagines Betty as "the consummate ELLE woman, circa 2017; an in-demand Manhattanite, running the show in a new, very now job (chief ideas officer at music-streaming start-up Music.ly), with a wardrobe hot off the spring runways."
Always the trailblazer, Betty is the first cartoon character to "takeover" the pages of ELLE Magazine. Congratulations, Betty!
Check out all of Betty's new looks, featuring designs from Balenciaga, Jennifer Fisher Jewelry, Louis Vuitton, Céline and Off-White, at: http://www.elle.com/culture/a44347/a-very-betty-takeover/
Betty Boop and Zac Posen co-star in “Betty Goes A-Posen,”
Betty Boop’s first animated short for the Digital Age!
We're thrilled to share this wonderful, whimsical new animated short featuring Betty Boop, Pudgy and an animated Zac Posen.
Created to celebrate the launch of Zac Posen's new Betty Boop-inspired dress designs, MAC Cosmetics' new Betty Boop Lipstick (both featuring Pantone's new shade of Betty Boop Red) and Betty’s gorgeous fashion layout in the March issue of Marie Claire Magazine, "Betty Goes A-Posen" is a wonderful reminder that some things - and some characters - never go out of style!
A New Dress Collection from Zac Posen, "Betty Boop Red" by Pantone, Betty Boop Red Lipstick from M·A·C Cosmetics and a spread in "Marie Claire!"
These exciting new releases also coincide with the release of three new, original animated shorts starring Betty Boop, featuring Zac Posen as an animated cartoon co-star, and spotlighting the new Betty Boop Red Lipstick by M·A·C.
The Betty Boop dress collection - featuring two red dresses that embrace Betty's spirit and unique style - are available on ZacPosen.com as part of Posen’s ZAC Zac Posen line. Betty Boop Red Lipstick from M·A·C. Cosmetics is available at MACCosmetics.com.
“As a cartoonist, I consider Betty Boop the 8th Wonder of the World,” said Frank Caruso, VP/Creative, King Features Syndicate. “When Max Fleischer dipped his pen into the inkwell, out came a masterpiece that would influence generations of artists, animators, musicians and fashion designers.
“The marathon that is Betty Boop has outrun her legend as animation icon and taken the lead in the world of fashion, style and our hearts,” Caruso said.
We couldn't agree more!
Read the full press announcement here.
And tune-in to Betty's Facebook page, and Fleischer Studio's Facebook page to see more this weekend!!
Betty Boop Gets Ready to Walk the Red Carpet at the 14th Annual Woman's Day Red Dress Awards and Celebrate her Appearance in March Issue of Magazine.
To help educate women on the importance of heart health, King Features created a three-page custom comic strip starring the iconic Betty Boop™ as the “Heroine of Hearts” exclusively for Woman’s Day. The comic follows Betty as she battles the evil Dark Heart while sharing important information to illustrate simple ways women can protect against heart disease. This partnership marks the first time the two legacy brands have come together for a fun, unique approach to a serious topic.
Click here to see Betty Boop's comic strip in Woman's Day
and get a promo code good for 25% off your purchase of any
Betty Boop's exclusive Heroine of Hearts merchandise on Zazzle!
In addition to the unique Woman’s Day comic strip, the artwork created for “Heroine of Hearts” will be featured on a merchandise collection available exclusively from Zazzle.com. The collection includes a wide range of products, including apparel, accessories, novelty items, and more featuring three unique Betty Boop poses from the comic strip. The “Heroine of Hearts” product line is available exclusively at http://www.zazzle.com/bettyboop. Working closely with brand owner Fleischer Studios, King Features is Betty Boop’s exclusive worldwide licensing agent.
The TMC evening continues with two films directed by Max's son, the acclaimed film director Richard Fleischer: the noir classic The Narrow Margin (1952) followed by the sci-fi thriller Soylent Green (1973) starring Charlton Heston. Thanks to animation historian Ray Pointer for helping to make this wonderful event into a reality. Ray's upcoming book The Art and Invention of Max Fleischer: An American Animation Pioneer is due to be released in December of this year.
From start to finish that's more than 4 hours of Fleischer films, covering 35 years of film making, and featuring 3 generations of the Fleischer family. You don't want to miss this!