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!
Join the team! Betty Boop, Fleischer Studios, King Features and the friends and family of Max Fleischer's granddaughter, Terri Kneitel, will be coming together to fight Pancreatic Cancer at the Lustgarten Foundation's Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk on Sunday, October 11th in NY on Long Island's Jones Beach... and you can help by joining Terri's Bettys!
Although recent advances in cancer treatment have led to overall better survival rates in the U.S., pancreatic cancer remains one of the deadliest forms of this terrible disease. Despite being the nation’s fourth leading cancer killer, pancreatic cancer receives only 2% of federal research funding. Simply stated, more money is urgently needed to help researchers identify better treatments and a cure for this disease.
So when Terri Kneitel, the great-grandaughter of Fleischer Studios Founder Max Fleischer and granddaughter of the Studios' long-time Head Animator Seymour Kneitel, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in July 2015, her friends, colleagues and family wanted to do all they could to support her. Terri and others like her, who are now engaged in the fight of their lives, urgently need funding that will enable researchers to continue their efforts to discover better treatments, and an eventual cure, for this devastating disease.
According to Terri, her "friends and colleagues from work at the Brookhaven National Laboratory sprung into action. Jason Remien, Manager of the Environmental Protection Division, signed up with the Lustgarten Foundation Pancreatic Cancer Walk and created a team to walk and raise money for the cause." They named the team Terri's Bettys. When Terri talked to Mark Fleischer, CEO of Fleischer Studios, he offered to help with the artwork for the T-Shirts. Mark contacted King Features and Creative Director Frank Caruso was more then happy to help out. He created the wonderful Terri's Bettys design at the top of this post.
Terri says she "is overwhelmed by all the support," and thanks everyone for supporting Terri's Bettys in the fight against pancreatic cancer.
WHAT IS THE LUSTGARTEN FOUNDATION?
The Lustgarten Foundation is the nation’s largest private supporter of pancreatic cancer research.
Thanks to Cablevision Systems Corporation’s commitment to underwrite the Foundation’s administrative expenses, 100% of every dollar donated to The Lustgarten Foundation goes directly to pancreatic cancer research.
Visit the Lustgarten Foundation on Facebook here.
When we at Fleischer Studios heard this story, we knew exactly what Betty Boop herself would do; and so that's exactly what we did! We reached out to PAWS and donated the entire cost for the puppy's prosthesis.
We are also very pleased to report that this sweet Betty has found her forever home and, with the help of Dr. Barbara Royal, preparations are already underway for her prosthetic paw.
For more on this story, check out the terrific follow-up on FOX 32 News which aired on April 9, 2015.
We'll keep you up to date on Betty's progress!
Did you miss Betty's Boobs-for-a-Cure last week on the Weekend Today in New York show? Well great news! You can watch it right here now!
Karin Kneitel, the artist behind this bra is Max Fleischer's great granddaughter; and she created this fantastic, one-of-a-kind piece in honor of her mother who lost her life to breast cancer when Karin was eleven.
This unique work of bra-art will be auctioned off on March 19th as part of a Creative Cups event supporting the Adelphi Statewide New York Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program at Adelphi University. You can find out more about this exciting benefit, and the great programs supported by this organization serving those living with and impacted by Breast Cancer by clicking here.
We are even more thrilled to report that this unique one-of-a-kind bra will be featured on New York's NBC's Weekend Today in New York with Pat Battle, this coming Sunday, February 22nd!
If you are in the New York Metro Area, you can find Weekend Today in New York on NBC/Channel 4 from 6:00am-8:30am... a little bird told us to look for it around 8:00am.
Hey, fans in Los Angeles, don't miss FleischerFest this weekend at The Steve Allen Theater!
The festivities will also feature Fleischer Studios Chairman and CEO Mark Fleischer who will join Jerry Beck on stage for an interview and share his memories of his grandfather, Max Fleischer.
For more - including a full schedule of events and directions - check out Jerry Beck's post on Animation Scoop!
This just from Animation Scoop on the Indie Network of blogs: A tribute to the film of Fleischer Studios May 30, May 31 and June 1!
According to Mr. Beck, "This is part of a special film series presented at classic movie theatre in association with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Highlights will include several films for which Max Fleischer was nominated for Academy Awards:Popeye Meets Sinbad, Superman, Hunky & Spunky, and Educated Fish. Silent cartoons will be accompanied live on the Mighty Wurlitzer Theater Pipe Organ."
For the full blog post on Animation Scoop, click here.
For more information and directions to this event, click here.