Out of the Inkwell: Max Fleischer and the Animation Revolution

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Max Fleischer (1883--1972) was for years considered Walt Disney's only real rival in the world of cartoon animation. The man behind the creation of such legendary characters as Betty Boop and the animation of Popeye the Sailor and Superman, Fleischer asserted himself as a major player in the development of Hollywood entertainment. Out of the Inkwell: Max Fleischer and the Animation Revolution is a vivid portrait of the life and world of a man who shaped the look of cartoon animation. Also interested in technical ...

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Overview

Max Fleischer (1883--1972) was for years considered Walt Disney's only real rival in the world of cartoon animation. The man behind the creation of such legendary characters as Betty Boop and the animation of Popeye the Sailor and Superman, Fleischer asserted himself as a major player in the development of Hollywood entertainment. Out of the Inkwell: Max Fleischer and the Animation Revolution is a vivid portrait of the life and world of a man who shaped the look of cartoon animation. Also interested in technical innovation, Fleischer invented the rotoscope -- a device that helped track live action and allowed his cartoons to revolutionize the way animated characters appeared and moved on-screen. In the 1920s, Fleischer created a series of "Out of the Inkwell" films, which led to a deal with Paramount. Their character KoKo the Clown introduced new animation effects by growing out of Fleischer's pen on-screen. As the sound revolution hit film, the studio produced shorts featuring the characters interacting with songs and with the now-famous bouncing ball that dances across lyrics projected on the screen. Max Fleischer's story is also one of a creative genius struggling to fit in with the changing culture of golden age cinema. Out of the Inkwell captures the twists and turns, the triumphs and disappointments, and most of all the breathless energy of a life vibrantly lived in the world of animation magic.

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""Richard Fleischer, a film director who never became a household name despite working with some of Hollywood's biggest stars… [his son] Max Fleischer, and Max's siblings were pioneers in the early days of animation, gaining fame with their Betty Boop and Popeye the Sailor shorts in the 1930s." -- The New York Times" --

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813134642
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • Publication date: 8/5/2011
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Fleischer (1916-2006) was an accomplished director, producer, and Academy Award winner who directed films such as Soylent Green (1973), Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970), and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2012

    Wonderful and insightful

    I bought this book as source material for a paper in mmy American Studies class because I wanted to approach the assignment in a different way than most other students might. This book, written by the animator's son, is a tribute to a family man and innovator who dared to be one of tje earliest challengers to Walt Disney.
    Fleischer created not only Betty Boop but Ko-Ko the clown, the Popeye shorts and the classic Superman toons from the 1940s. He was also the mind behind early sing-along and humorous travelogue cartoons.
    This is a great source and a wonderful book about a great but (lately) underappreciated man. Read this if you want an unDisneyfied view of early 20th century classic art.

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