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Trivia / Max and Dave Fleischer

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  • Follow the Leader: In their later years, they started copying the kind of cute cartoons Disney was doing, and eventually the fast paced slapstick and west coast brand of animation and humor by cartoons like Looney Tunes.
  • He Also Did: Dave Fleischer also did this iconic Theater Snipe.
  • Public Domain: By sheer serendipity – Paramount just didn't care enough to renew back when it mattered – at least 68 of the sound Fleischer Studio cartoons have fallen into the Public Domain, including some of the classic Popeye and Betty Boop shorts, and their Gulliver's Travels feature is public domain as well. This is why those giant video collections of random Golden Era shorts you find in dollar bins tend to have a lot of Fleischer material. All, or at least many of the Out of the Inkwell films are presumably public domain as well.
    • This does not, however, apply to most of the characters themselves. For instance, Popeye is still – as he was then – owned by King Features Syndicate (E.C.Segar died in 1938, so his copyrights would normally have expired by now; however, KFS holds trademarks on the franchise), same with Betty Boop.
  • What Could Have Been
    • A model sheet for the Superman short "Japoteurs" indicates that it was in pre-production at Fleischer Studios right before it became Famous Studios.
    • If these sketches are anything to go by, the Fleischers were considering making a Screen Song about the song "Mysterious Mose" that mixed animation and live-action. It was scrapped, but the song later became the basis for a Talkartoon short.
  • Swan Song: Max Fleischer's final cartoon was adapting Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer into an 8-minute cartoon in 1948. This cartoon would also mark Rudolph's animation debut before the beloved 1964 special by Rankin/Bass Productions.


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