Thanks to Jerry Beck for this great post on Animation Scoop about the recent Library of Congress release of a newly restored print of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." This Christmas classic, directed by Max Fleischer, was produced by the Jam Handy Organization in 1948 as a promotional film for Montgomery Ward department stores. Max worked on a number of films for the Jam Handy Organization in the years after he left Fleischer Studios - but this is certainly the best remembered.
It is with sadness that we share this story from the Miami Herald reporting the passing of Jean Karaty, who worked as an artist for Fleischer Studios during its Miami-based years. She passed away on Thanksgiving morning.
Mrs. Karaty was discovered at her mother’s dress shop in Miami Beach "by an employee who noticed her drawings of flowers, animals and cartoon characters and encouraged her to visit the studio." In a 2003 piece in the Miami Herald she recalled going to the theater to watch the cartoons before the movie: “You’d say, ‘I did that! I worked on that!’ and the people around us would say ‘Shh!’ They thought we were just a bunch of rowdies.”
We send our sympathies to her family and encourage you to check out the Herald's lovely tribute HERE.