- Title: Out of the Inkwell: Max Fleischer and the Animation Revolution
- Author: Richard Fleischer
- ISBN: 9780813123554
- Page: 329
- Format: Hardcover
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 theMax 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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This is a fascinating memoir of Max Fleischer, "the" great pioneer of 20th Century motion picture cartoon making, written by his son Richard Fleischer* [*himself the director of such films as "20,000 Leagues under the Sea," "Compulsion," "10 Rellington Place" and "Fantastic Voyage":]. This isn't one of those exhautive (or exhausting) biographies that regurgitate facts and statistic about a great artist no matter how redundant, erroneous or incongruous; rather this is a loving tribute to an incre [...]
I grew up watching Popeye & Friends and animation classics such as "Hoppity Goes to Town" and "Gulliver's Travels." I also remember the rise in popularity of Betty Boop in the 1980's although everyone knew that she was a cartoon that originated decades earlier. Also, what person has not seen the bouncing ball that accompanies the lyrics of sing alongs? Until I read this book, I had no idea that all were the creation of Max Fleischer. It astounds me that I did not know his name until now, but [...]
The late film director Richard Fleischer tells the story of his father, the pioneering animator Max Fleischer (Betty Boop, Popeye, Superman, "Gulliver's Travels") in this slim but most charming memoir. It turns ugly when Max is screwed over by Paramount whose executives are the villains here and not, surprisingly, rival animator Walt Disney who -- in this story, at any rate -- turns out to be a gentleman. It's an important bit of movie history and it must have been gratifying for Richard to set [...]
Fascinating and utterly dispiriting in a way I was not expecting. Both a celebration of animation techniques being pushed forward and made globally successful and a sad recollection of the bastardry of old Hollywood.
I enjoyed "Out of the Inkwell". Very informative look at Max Fleischer's career.I must tell you, though -- the last page of this book is one of the saddest you may ever read.
Max Fleischer was an innovative and entertaining animator whose fair-mindedness and inexperience with the business world led him to lose his properties and enabled others to take advantage of him. The man who created Koko the Clown, Betty Boop, and Popeye is now obscured by Disney's legacy. Fleischer's story is not in chronological order and the author often introduces a new idea but then leaves it to return to it later. There are also several areas that should have been more developed, especial [...]
Ive always loved the Betty Boop cartoons, despite that I didn't actually know much about the creator. This book was amazing, it was really easy to read and gave a real insight to Max Fleischer, as his son Richard was retelling his fathers' story I felt like I was there with Max all the way which worked really well because you become emotionally attached to him. This book made me happy, sad, angry, giggle and cry and is by far the best book I've read so far this year.I would recommend this book t [...]
It was great to read about Max' great career and what better person to tell it than his own son. It sickens me though how got screwed throughout the second half of his life by Paramount. Max is without a doubt the greatest animator of all time and it just sickens me that most of his films and shorts (excluding Popeye) are being sold for $1 at a Jembro.
Really about two-and-a-half stars, but about the only game in town regarding Fleischer Studios, unless you prefer crackpot Marxist academics elaborating tendentious theories without humor.
A fascinating yet compact portrait of Max Fleischer lovingly written by Richard Fleischer, his son. I enjoyed learning about the period, Max's creative drive and the evolution of animation.
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