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!
We are absolutely thrilled to report that Dynamite Entertainment's gorgeous, and highly anticipated, new comic book series - starring our own Betty Boop - is now available!
Betty Boop #1, the first comic book, is available with four totally different covers that you can chose from. Each cover features the work of an all-star cast of creative Betty admirers including the legendary Howard Chaykin (American Flagg!), Roger Langridge doing double-duty as an illustrator and series interior artist Gisèle Lagacé, as well as a special Max Fleischer character sheet. Special edition variations will also be available, including a "Coloring Book Cover" by J. Bone (Super Friends), a cover printed on thick paper so fans of all ages can embellish her appearance and a Blank Authentix Edition that fans and comic professionals can illustrate.
"To be able to tell new stories based on Max Fleischer's original cartoon superstar is another great achievement for all of us here at Dynamite," says Dynamite CEO and Publisher, Nick Barrucci. "Betty Boop is one of the most recognizable faces in the history of animation, a timeless American cultural icon. This new series will delight comics fans young, old, and everywhere in-between!"
You can purchase the first comic book in the series now at Dynamite Comics, where you can also find out more about release dates for the rest of the series.
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Great news for our fans in Mexico! Betty Boop officially unveiled her first high-end fashion co-branding collaboration with an amazing new line designed by Royal Closet and sold exclusively, in Mexico, by Liverpool.
Designed for today's women, "who are independent, versatile, feminine, bold, with unique personalities, who are not afraid to express themselves and be noticed."
Read more about this amazing collaboration in our press room!
You can also visit Royal Closet's Facebook Page to see photos from the product launch, hosted by Royal Closet co-owners Montserrat Oliver (actress, fashion icon, TV host and entrepreneur), and Carlos Ortega (designer) and featuring items from this gorgeous line of clothing and swimwear!
Pepsi's celebration of World Emoji Day also included - Love: From Cave to Keyboard, imagined by Pepsi. A limited engagement exhibit explores the evolution of communication through the emotional lens of love – from primitive etchings on earthen walls to illustrative hieroglyphics; icons drawn by hand to icons on the screen; from <3 to today’s evocative global language, the emoji. The exhibit carries attendees through a variety of communication mediums, including:
This fascinating exhibit includes a number of wonderful drawings that his fellow animators created for Ozark during his time in the service. It's a wonderful tribute to an amazing animator and serviceman, and an important reminder of the power of humor and friendship - even in the most difficult of circumstances.
Launched by the National Cartoonist Society on May 5, 1999, National Cartoonists Day commemorates the debut of the first color comic strip, Hogan's Alley - drawn and written by Richard Outcault - on May 5, 1895 in New York Sunday World.
We're celebrating by sharing this great, early comic strip drawn and written by a young Max Fleischer, and which appeared in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle on December 14, 1903. E.K. Sposher, the intrepid photographer featured in this strip, is attempting to photograph the Williamsburg Bridge which would open a few days after publication, on December 19, 1903.
As Max's son, Richard Fleischer, recounts in Out of the Inkwell: Max Fleischer and the Animation Revolution, it was in 1900 that a then 17-year-old Max was so determined to work at the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, which was well known for both its comic strips and editorial cartoons, that he...
... biked his way across the Brooklyn Bridge, found the Eagle's offices, somehow or other got to meet Herbert S. Ardell, the manager of the Art Department and made him a proposition. Max offered to pay the Eagle two dollars a week to just let him sit in the Art Department and watch the artists work.
Impressed, Ardell made a counteroffer: the Eagle would pay Max two dollars a week to deliver papers from a horse drawn wagon and be the Art Department's errand boy. Max quickly accepted, confident that:
"once he got his foot in the door, the rest of him would soon follow."
Have you seen the new selection of adorable Betty Boop pre-paid debit cards from CARD.com? The sweetest way to pay! See all the designs here:https://www.card.com/gallery?tag=betty+boop
In Part Two, we look at the actual making of Mr. Bug Goes to Town, and how the staffers of Fleischer Studios made use of innovative techniques and ground-breaking inventions (many of which they themselves had developed) to bring this beautiful film to life.
Part two of this fascinating exhibit includes rare and wonderful home movie footage of the Mr. Bug animators at play, the story behind the Studio's hangnail insurance policy and so much more!
We are delighted to be partnering with the fresh and creative production company, NORMAAL Animation. My grandfather, Max Fleischer, created Betty Boop as the fun, feisty and fashionable woman whose spirit has transcended and transformed multiple generations of fans. It is so exciting to know that this television series will present Max’s beloved icon through new, highly original content that will continue to keep Betty engaging and relatable to future generations of fans.
- Mark Fleischer, President and Chairman of Fleischer Studios.
Read the full press release HERE.
Today we're launching the first in this 3-part series, The Story About the Story. Look for parts 2 and 3 later this month:
Part Two - coming February 17
Part Three - coming February 24
Who are these staffers? What did they do at Fleischer Studios? To find out, click here, and visit our very special holiday exhibit 2015. And if you haven't already done so, we invite you to check out last year's Christmas exhibit featuring 100 more remarkable cards created by our talented family of artists.
A special thanks to Ryan and Stephanie Englade, who made this post possible by allowing us to share this remarkable card from their own personal collection with all of you.
While some saw combat, many were called on to use their special blend of artistic talent and technical know-how to create training and educational films for our troops. Still others worked with the signal corp developing and managing communications, and others were enlisted by the government to create films that would help to build morale at home, and encourage Americans to do their part, whether it be by donating scrap metal or buying war bonds.
This historic photo, taken in front of the Fleischer Studio's Miami home, serves to commemorate some of the brave members of the Fleischer Studio family who served their country during World War II.
Myron Waldman (in the photo above, front row and third from the left) enlisted in the Signal Corp and worked with Frank Capra on the Why We Fight series which was created to show American soldiers the reason for U.S. involvement in the war, and later to the public to encourage American support for involvement in the war.
One Fleischer animator who saw combat was Willard Bowsky. Having started with the Studio in the 1920's in New York, Bowsky - whose work can be seen in Talkartoon, Color Classics and Screen Song (Bouncing Ball) films, as well as dozens of classic Betty Boop and Popeye cartoon shorts - moved with the Studio to Florida in 1938, and enlisted in the Army in 1942.
Willard Bowsky was posthumously awarded the Silver Star and the Purple Heart, and is interred at the Lorraine American Cemetery in St. Avold, France.
On this Veterans Day, as we revisit and honor these great heroes of yesteryear, all of us at Fleischer Studios want to offer up our heart felt gratitude and admiration to to the courageous men and women - heroes all - who continue to fight for us today.
Thanks for all you do!