Max Fleischer was an American animator, inventor, film director and producer, and studio founder and owner. Born in Kraków, Fleischer immigrated to the US where he became a pioneer in the development of the animated cartoon and served as the head of Fleischer Studios, which he co-founded with his younger brother Dave. He brought such animated characters as Koko the Clown, Betty Boop, Popeye, and Superman to the movie screen, and was responsible for a number of technological innovations, including the Rotoscope, the “Bouncing Ball” song films, and the “Stereoptical Process”. Film director Richard Fleischer was his son.
|Born:||Majer Fleischer, July 19, 1883, Kraków, Austrian Poland|
|Died:||September 25, 1972, Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Occupation:||animator, inventor, film director, film producer|
|Known for:||Creation of Betty Boop, invention of the Rotoscope|
|Spouse(s):||Ethel “Essie” Goldstein (died 1988)|
|Children:||Richard Fleischer (son), Ruth Fleischer (daughter)|
|Relatives:||Dave Fleischer (brother), Lou Fleischer (brother)|
|IMDb:||Max Fleischer’s IMDb|
About Max Fleischer
Famous for creating the Popeye, Betty Boop, Superman, and Koko the Clown cartoon characters, Fleischer is also known for inventing the rotoscoping animation technique.
In his early adulthood years, he trained at Manhattan’s Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and went on to become Popular Science magazine’s Art Editor.
In the early 1920s, he created two short films that educated viewers on Darwin’s Theory of Evolution and Einstein’s Theory of Relativity.
He was born in Krakow, Austria-Hungary (present-day Poland) and raised primarily in New York City. His decades-long marriage to Ethel Gold resulted in a film director son named Richard Fleischer.
His popular Betty Boop character was, at different points, voiced by Mae Questel, Margie Hines, and Ann Rothschild, among other actresses.
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