According to the New York Times, the "service runs deep with more obscure and retro offerings," noting that the Fleischers' Superman shorts were "notable for their use of rotoscoping, an animation technique that allows animators to trace over live-action footage in order to produce more realistic action. The design also served as a big influence on later DC animation, including “Batman: The Animated Series” and “Superman: The Animated Series.”
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!
"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!
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