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Betty Boop
Inkwell / Koko

                 Max Fleischer and animated Koko The Clown                  

     s h o r t
     h i s t o r y
     h e r e

named by Time magazine as the "Dean of Animated Cartoons."
son Richard Fleischer

Fleischer Studios entry at Wikipedia

Studio  Executives

Max Fleischer [1883-1972]: credits at IMDbWikipedia

Dave Fleischer [1894-1979]: credits at IMDbWikipedia

{son-in-law} Seymour Kneitel [1908-64]: credits at IMDbWikipedia

Books & Videos

"Noah's Shoes" [1944] by Max Fleischer
S.J. Bloch Publng Co. hardcover [1944] out of print/scarce

Fleischer Story book by Leslie Cabarga  
"The Fleischer Story" [1976]
by Leslie Cabarga

Da Capo Press 11x8½ pb [5/88] for $14.00
Crown hardcover [8/76] out of print/used
Fleischer Studios DVD  "Great Animation Studios: Fleischer Studios" [2000]
Winstar color DVD [5/2000] for $17.98
Out of The Inkwell / Max Fleischer & The Animation Revolution book by Richard Fleischer  "Out of The Inkwell: Max Fleischer & The Animation Revolution" [2005]
by {Max's son, director} Richard Fleischer, Foreword by Leonard Maltin

Univ Press of KY 8¾x5½ pb [7/2011] for $21.95
Univ Press of KY 8½x5¾ hardcover [6/2005] for $40.46
Hollywood On The Hudson book by Richard Koszarski  "Hollywood On The Hudson: Film & Television In New York From Griffith To Sarnoff" [2008] by Richard Koszarski
Rutgers Univ Press 10x7 hardcover [7/2008] for $28.76
covers East Coast filmmakers, writers & actors: Thomas Edison, animators Max & Dave Fleischer, D.W. Griffith, Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur, Oscar Micheaux, Paul Robeson, Gloria Swanson, Rudolph Valentino, and others

Film Collections & Selected Films
browse 'director Dave Fleischer' on Amazon for DVDs

Max Fleischer's Color Classics on DVD  "Max Fleischer's Color Classics: Somewhere In Dreamland" [2002]
V.C.I. Ent. color DVD [7/2002] 2 disks for $17.99
Fleischer made a series of Technicolor shorts from 1934 to 1941 called 'Color Classics'; here are 30 of them, plus commentary, photo gallery, and a documentary about Fleischer Studios
Lost Cartoons on DVD, Volume 1: Fleischer Studios  "Lost Cartoons, Volume 1: Fleischer Studios" [2005]
Good Times Video color DVD [6/2005] out of prodn/used
includes 8 public domain color cartoons, 1935-37; CAVEAT: transfer quality may be poor
Popeye, Betty Boop & More Fleischer Favorites DVD box set  "Popeye, Betty Boop & More Fleischer Favorites" [2006]
Passport color/b&w DVD set [8/2006] 5 disks for $17.99
contains 66 cartoons from 1933 to 1957, featuring Popeye & pals, Betty Boop, Hunky & Spunky, and others; 7 Superman cartoons; 2 newsreels; and the Technicolor animated feature "Gulliver's Travels" [1939]

"Play Safe" color cartoon short
[Fleischer Studios/Paramount Oct 1936]
Max Fleischer Color Classics 'Play Safe' 1936 cartoon short  A child playing with a toy train hops a real freight train and falls off . . .
Produced by Max Fleischer; directed by Dave Fleischer
available with 30 other cartoons on "Somewhere In Dreamland" DVD [2002]
V.C.I. Ent. color DVD [7/2002] 2 disks for $12.77
full credits at IMDbFleischer's Color Classics Series entry at Wikipedia
watch full color short [7:56] at YouTube

Max Fleischer's "Gulliver's Travels"
[Fleischer/Paramount Nov 1939]
Max Fleischer's 1939 animated Gulliver's Travels  Filmed in Technicolor™; story based on the Lilliputian section of Jonathan Swift's immortal 1726-1735 novel; the film is now in the public domain. Gulliver washes ashore on an island of tiny people who are at war with another tiny kingdom; he tries to stop the war, while also helping the forbidden romance between the prince and princess of the two opposing realms. • Produced by Max Fleischer; directed by Dave Fleischer; voices of Sam Parker, Jessica Dragonette, Lanny Ross, Pinto Colvig & Jack Mercer
Koch Vision stretched color Blu-ray [3/2009] out of prodn/used
A2Zcds remastered color DVD [3/2005] for $9.95
Alpha Video color DVD [6/2002] for $5.49
Koch Vision stretched color DVD [3/2009] out of prodn/used
Winstar 60th Anniversary color VHS [11/2001] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
watch full movie in 720p HD [12/2010 upload; 1:16:22] online at Internet Archive

"Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy" [1941]

"Mr. Bug Goes To Town" [1941] aka "Bugville" aka "Hoppity Goes to Town"

"Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" animated short film
[Fleischer Studios/Paramount 1948]
poster for Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 1948 animated short  
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 1948 animated short  Cavalcade of Classic Christmas Cartoons on DVD  
8-minute Technicolor™ cartoon filmed in 1944, released by Paramount after Max was forced out; produced & directed by Max Fleischer; adapted by Joe Stultz; narrated by Paul Wing
full credits at IMDbwatch full cartoon [9:06] on YouTube

"Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer and Friends" on VHS
with 5 other Xmas-themed cartoons from Fleischer Studios
Goodtime Video color VHS [2005] for $10.00
"The Christmas Video: Classic Cartoon Collection" on VHS
with 8 other Xmas-themed cartoons from Fleischer Studios
Concord Video color VHS [undated] out of prodn/used
"A Cute Cavalcade of Classic Christmas Cartoons" on DVD
with 10 other Xmas-themed cartoons from Fleischer Studios and others
Whirlwind Media color DVD [11/2000] out of prodn/used
"Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" and three other Christmas classic cartoons on VHS
Amvest Video color/b&w VHS [1987] for $11.98

more details (synopses, sequels, stageplays, books & ebooks, links, merchandise) on the
"Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" Books & Movies Page at Spirit of America Bookstore

Fleischer  Characters

Betty Boop cartoon character
Betty Boop cartoon character
Betty Boop entry at Wikipedia,
Betty Boop WebRing
the voice of Betty Boop: Mae Questel [1908-98]

Betty Boop Vintage Collection   "Betty Boop: Vintage Collection" [2007]
A2ZCDS, Inc. b&w DVD [10/2007] 2 disks for $24.95

"Betty Boop: Collector's Edition" [2007]
Echo Bridge Home Ent DVD [4/2007] 2 disks for $9.49

Betty Boop DVD collection  "Betty Boop: The Ultimate Collection" [2004]
Delta b&w DVD [12/2004] 2 disks - out of prodn/used

"Betty Boop: The Definitive Collection" [1998]
Republic Studios b&w VHS [9/98] 8 tapes/780 min. out of prodn/used

"Betty Boop's Crazy Inventions" cartoon short
[Fleischer/Paramount Jan 1933]
'Betty Boop's Crazy Inventions' 1933 cartoon short  7-minute b&w cartoon short produced by Max Fleischer; directed by Dave Fleischer; starring Betty Boop {voice by Mae Questel}, assisted by Bimbo the Dog & KoKo the Clown
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
watch full cartoon [6:40] online at YouTube

"Betty Boop: Queen of The Cartoons" [1995]
Boop-Boop-A-Doop: 27 Original Mono Recordings 1928-1951 by Helen Kane B0002AYPPY

Betty Boop's Sunday Best: The Complete Color Comics, 1934-1936
by Max Fleischer and Bill Blackbeard (Hardcover - Jul 1995) BettyBoopsSundayBest.gif

"Betty Boop's Hollywood Mystery" animated short [1989] /tt0816234/

Boop-Oop-A-Doop Means I Love You by King Features, Patrick Regan ISBN-13: 9780740738449

Popeye the Sailor cartoon character
Popeye The Sailor cartoon character
Popeye the Sailor entry at Wikipedia
Popeye the Sailor - Fleischer Studios filmography {109 titles, 1933-42} at Wikipedia
Popeye the Sailor - Famous Studios filmography {122 films, 1942-57} at Wikipedia
History of Fleischer's Popeye Series fansite

Popeye Section on Spirit of America Bookstore's Cartoonists of America Pages

70 Years of Popeye cartoons on DVD  "70 Years of Popeye" on DVD [2000]
title is misleading: two Fleischer Studios cartoons (1937 & 1939) and ten Famous Studios cartoons (1952-56) which are 'enhanced' with sound effects
Winstar DVD [4/2000] for $18.97
Popeye The Sailor Man 75th Anniversary DVD set  "Popeye The Sailor Man: 75th Anniversary Collectors Edition" DVD Set [2004]
Disk 1 contains six b&w cartoon shorts from Fleischer and the three Fleischer Technicolor Popeye two-reelers: "Sinbad" [1936], "Ali Baba" [1937], and "Aladdin" [1939]; Disk 2 contains 25 cartoons from Famous Studios, one b&w from 1942, the others in color from 1952-57
V.C.I. Video color/b&w DVD [5/2004] 2 disks for $11.80
Popeye Special 75th Anniversary Collection DVD box set  "Popeye: Special 75th Anniversary Collection" [2004]
A bundle of four earlier DVD sets {cost savings of $3.07}: "When Popeye Ruled The Seven Seas"
[2002]: five Fleischer Studio shorts, including the three Technicolor two-reelers; "When Popeye Ruled The World" [2002]: ten 1950s Famous Studios shorts; "Popeye: Fists of Fury" [2004]: eight Famous Studios cartoons, plus a commercial; and "Popeye's Greatest Tall Tales & Heroic Adventures" [2004]: four Famous Studios and five Fleischer Studios cartoons

Good Times Video b&w DVD set [8/2004] 4 disks for $14.50
Golden Age of Cartoons Popeye Original Classics on DVD  
"Popeye: Original Classics From The Fleischer Studio" on DVD [2005]
Mackinac Media DVD [12/2005] out of prodn/used
includes seven short cartoons & three two-reelers; extras include rare interviews
Popeye The Sailor cartoons DVD box sets   "Popeye The Sailor" remastered cartoons DVD box sets [2007-2008]
Volume 1, 1933-1938:
Warner Home Video b&w DVD [7/2007] 60 shorts on 4 disks for $12.49
Volume 2, 1938-1940:
Warner Home Video color DVD [6/2008] 31 shorts on 2 disks for $12.37
Volume 3, 1941-1943:
Warner Home Video color DVD [11/2008] 32 shorts on 2 disks for $11.98
Popeye the Sailor vintage cartoon collection on DVD  
"Popeye the Sailor" [2009]
contains 12 b&w cartoon shorts & 21 color cartoon shorts (including the three Technicolor
two-reelers); bonus features include four 1930s 'Popeye' radio programs
Big D Prodns DVD set [6/2009] 2 disks for $14.95

"Popeye, The Ace of Space" cartoon short in 3-D
[Famous Studios/Paramount Pictures Oct 1953]
poster for 'Popeye, the Ace of Space' 1953 cartoon short in 3-D  Popeye is captured by Martians who conduct bizarre tests on him; luckily he has four
cans of spinach . . .
Co-produced & directed by Seymour Kneitel; written by Jack
Mercer & Carl Meyer; voices of Jack Mercer, Jackson Beck & Sid Raymond
Stereotoon' not available on individual DVD nor on collections above (2015)
a fully-restored 3-D print is in circulation for screening at 3-D film events
full credits at IMDb • not listed at Wikipedia
watch full cartoon [Cartoon Network upload; 6:57] online at YouTube

Superman color cartoon character
Superman cartoon character
Superman cartoons entry at Wikipedia

'Superman' cartoon shorts released by Fleischer Studios, 1941-42
"Superman (Mad Scientist)" [9/1941]

"The Mechanical Monsters" [11/1941] /tt0033888/
watch full cartoon [2/2013 upload; 9:48] online at YouTube
watch same cartoon as music video 'The Robots' by Kraftwerk [6:11] online at YouTube

"Billion Dollar Limited" [1/1942]
"The Arctic Giant" [2/1942]
"The Bulleteers" [3/1942]
"The Magnetic Telescope" [4/1942]
"Electric Earthquake" [5/1942]
"The Volcano" [7/1942]
"Terror on the Midway" [8/1942]

'Superman' cartoon shorts released by Paramount / Famous Studios, 1942-43
"Japoteurs" [9/1942]
"Showdown" [10/1942]
"Eleventh Hour" [11/1942]
"Destruction, Inc." [12/1942]
"The Mummy Strikes" [2/1943]
"Jungle Drums" [3/1943]
"The Underground World" [6/1943]
"Secret Agent" [7/1943]

Superman color animated shorts  
"Complete Superman Cartoons" [2000]
includes 10 color animated shorts from Paramount & Fleischer, and 7 color
shorts made after Paramount converted the company to Famous Studios

Image Ent. color DVD [8/2000] for $8.49
Image Ent. color DVD [6/98] out of prodn/used
Cartoon Craze / Superman / Mechanical Monsters on DVD  "Cartoon Craze Presents: Superman - The Mechanical Monsters" [1941-42]
includes nine "Superman" cartoons of good quality from 1941-42, four "Bosko" cartoons, two others; the color Superman short cartoons from Fleischer Studios and Paramount/Famous are: "Superman (Mad Scientist)" [9/1941], "The Mechanical Monsters" [11/1941], "Billion Dollar Limited" [1/1942], "The Bulleteers" [3/1942], "Electric Earthquake" [5/1942], "The Volcano" [7/1942], "Japoteurs" [9/1942], "Showdown" [10/1942], and "Destruction, Inc." [12/1942]
Digiview Ent. color DVD [2006] out of prodn/used

Koko the Clown and Fitz the Dog cartoon characters        trade ad for Fleischer's Koko short films
Out of The Inkwell & Koko The Clown cartoons
Koko the Clown entry at Wikipedia

"Out of the Inkwell" incl Koko the Klown = 4 vol on VHS + DVDs = all rare/out 12/M6

Family & Friends

Max's son Richard Fleischer [1916-2006]
directing careerIMDb listing [1943-89]Wikipedia

Just Tell Me When To Cry memoir by Richard Fleischer  "Just Tell Me When To Cry: A Memoir" [1993] by Richard Fleischer
Carroll & Graf 9½x6½ pb [7/93] out of print/used
Richard Fleischer's directing career [1943-89] included working with Charles Bronson, Walt Disney, Kirk Douglas, Rex Harrison, Charlton Heston, Howard Hughes, Robert Mitchum, Laurence Olivier, Edward G. Robinson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, John Wayne, Orson Welles, Darryl Zanuck, and many others

son-in-law (and exec at the studio) Seymour Kneitel [1908-64]: credits at IMDbWikipedia

L i n k s
AWN's Animation Industry Database
Cartoon Character Hall of Fame
Cartoon Portal at PortalBrain
Toonhound website [U.K.]

The Big Cartoon Database

animation category on Yahoo! Directory

Animation genre at Internet Movie Database

Cartoonists Pages at Spirit of America Bookstore

here on Magic Lantern's Fleischer Animation Studios Page

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