Above: a page from Max's patent application. Right" Max's wife, Essie, who let Max and his brother Max build the first Rotocope in the family's living room.
One hundred years ago, on December 6th, 1915, Max Fleischer applied for a patent for an invention that would revolutionize the look of animated films…an invention that is still widely used today: The Rotoscope.
What is a Rotoscope? How did it revolutionize animation? Find out in the latest exhibit in our museum, Max Fleischer's Rotoscope: Celebrating 100 Years. It's a fascinating look at Max's ingenious idea and the long road to making it into a reality... a road ran through his own living room!