In 1919, Ko-Ko the Clown first emerged from the inkwell to grapple with his creator, Max Fleischer. Combining live action with animation, this highly imaginative series of 130 films inspired Walt Disney’s Alice comedies, among others. This film was found in the same collection as the French original print of I Fetch the Bread. A silent film of 1924, Cartoon Factory is seen here in a reissue version; the added sound has been digitally restored with the latest techniques. —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
A pioneer of film animation, cartoonist Max Fleischer (1883-1972) created cartoon characters Betty Boop and Popeye. He is also remembered for his more than 20 motion picture production inventions, particularly the rotoscope.
Max Fleischer was born into a family of inventors on July 17, 1883, in Vienna, Austria. His mother immigrated with him to the United States when he was four years old, and he was raised on the Lower East Side of New York City. Fleischer was one of five sons. Animator Dave Fleischer was his younger brother.
Fleischer didn’t finish high school, but attended numerous trade schools and art programs in his youth. He worked for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle as a cartoonist, photographer, and photo-engraver before becoming art director for the magazine Popular Science. Fleischer’s animation career began at Joseph Randolph Bray’s studio, where he made instructional films during a short World War I commission.
Fleischer were granted a patent in 1917 for the… read more