The Art and Inventions of Max Fleischer: American Animation Pioneer

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McFarland, 09.06.2017 - 320 Seiten
The history of animated cartoons has for decades been dominated by the accomplishments of Walt Disney, giving the impression that he invented the medium. In reality, it was the work of several pioneers. Max Fleischer--inventor of the Rotoscope technique of tracing animation frame by frame over live-action footage--was one of the most prominent. By the 1930s, Fleischer and Disney were the leading producers of animated films but took opposite approaches. Where Disney reflected a Midwestern sentimentality, Fleischer presented a sophisticated urban attitude with elements of German Expressionism and organic progression. In contrast to Disney's naturalistic animation, Fleischer's violated physical laws, supporting his maxim: "If it can be done in real life, it isn't animation." As a result, Fleischer's cartoons were rough rather than refined, commercial rather than consciously artistic--yet attained a distinctive artistry through Fleischer's innovations. This book covers his life and work and the history of the studio that bore his name, with previously unpublished artwork and photographs.
 

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Foreword by Jerry Beck
1
Prologue
3
Introduction
5
1 The Formative Years
7
2 The Birth of a Career
21
3 The Inkwell Studio
42
4 Fleischer Studios Inc
62
Betty Boop
87
11 Setting Sail for Miami
174
12 Stormy Seas Ahead
198
13 The Ship Wreck
221
14 The Change of Command
247
15 Separate Courses New Directions
258
16 Recommissioned
265
17 Raising the Inkwell
274
Filmography
285

A Character Analysis
103
7 The Fleischer Factory
112
8 The Popeye Plant
133
Between pages 152 and 153 are 8 color plates containing 15 photographs
152
9 The Spinach Lid Blows Off
153
10 Picking Up the Pieces
167
List of Animators
295
Chapter Notes
297
Bibliography
299
Index
301
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A 40–year film and animation professional, Ray Pointer studied film and television production at Wayne State University and University of Southern California. He served as a film producer for the U.S. Navy Office of Information and worked in the animation industry for Film Roman, Hanna-Barbera, Fred Wolf Films, MGM and Nickelodeon. He lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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