19th century song pluggers in vaudeville theaters and in the streets invited audiences to join in the chorus; this tradition of participation appeared in movie theaters by the mid-teens. When sound arrived, Fleischer Studios’ delightful “Screen Songs” added witty animated prologues and celebrity singers to prepare the audience for the ball that bounced through the lyrics. —Flicker Alley
David “Dave” Fleischer (July 14, 1894 – June 25, 1979) was an American animator film director and film producer, best known as a co-owner of Fleischer Studios with his older brother Max Fleischer (the father of director Richard Fleischer). He was a native of New York City.
Sometime around 1913-1914, Dave began working as a film cutter for the American branch of Pathé, the French company that was the world’s largest film production and distribution company, and the largest manufacturer of film equipment, in the first decades of the 20th Century.
Dave Fleischer was notable during the brothers’ early days as the rotoscope model for their first character, Koko the Clown. He went on to become director and later producer of the studio’s output. Although he is credited as “director” of every film released by the Fleischer studio from 1921 to 1942, the lead animators actually performed directorial duties, and Fleischer mainly served as producer. Among the cartoon series Fleischer… read more