In celebration of Father's Day, we're thrilled to share this gorgeous card animator, Seymour Kneitel, created for his father-in-law, Max Fleischer in 1962.
One of the wonderful things about this card is the fact that Seymour started with a store bought card (the inkwell and feather pen), and created the image of Koko, and the text, around it.
We hope you enjoy the day celebrating the Fathers, Dads, Pops, Grandpas and Grampys in your life!
Answer: Max Fleischer's children: Ruth and Richard!
Taken about 1918 (& likely on Flag Day), this would have been taken only about
three years after President Wilson first declared July 19th as Flag Day.
Ruth went on to work in Fleischer Studios (she was also a performer and was played a featured role in the Carrie of the Chorus series), and married Head Animator Seymour Kneitel.
Richard went on to become an award-winning film director whose credits include
movie classics such as 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954), The Narrow Margin (1952), Soylent Green (1973), The Vikings (1958), Compulsion (1959), Fantastic Voyage (1966) and The Boston Strangler (1968).
Max and me by Ginny Mahoney
Though the rest of us grew older, Betty Boop seemed to remain as young and vital as ever. Even today, the world is watching the films Fleischer Studios made in the 1930’s.
In an effort to understand why Betty and so many of PopMax’s other creations remain such beloved and iconic characters, I began researching and reflecting on my own family’s history: Max’s story, the birth of Fleischer Studios, the characters they created and the times in which they lived.
That’s what I want to share with all of you --
Every once in a while I’ll post some of the fascinating things I’ve discovered along the way.
For starters –
Do you know how many films Betty appeared in during the 1930s?
Does this post look familiar? Some of "Max and Me" posts also appear on BettyBoop.com