Alumni Profile: Max Fleischer A 1900

Max Fleischer A 1900


Max Fleischer A 1900 was an innovator in the early days of the cartoon industry. In 1917, Fleischer was granted a patent for the Rotoscope, a mechanism used for transferring live action film into animated cartoons through tracing. Max Fleischer and his brother Dave were the first to synchronize their cartoons to the music of cinematic orchestral arrangements.

His cartoon Song Car-Tune, produced in 1924, was the first cartoon with a soundtrack.

In 1930, Fleischer Studios introduced the first female cartoon star: Betty Boop.  In 1933, Fleischer Studio working under Paramount introduced the Popeye character from E. C. Segar’s Thimble Theater comic strip into the cartoon format.   Betty Boop Presents Popeye the Sailor had its debut on July 14, 1933 and Popeye immediately became a cartoon movie star. Numerous Popeye cartoons followed.

The Fleischers premiered the first Superman short in 1941. Max Fleischer went on to direct feature films, including 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,Dr. Doolittle and The Jazz


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