Fleischer Studios

  • out of the inkwell, inc. (1921-1929)
    fleischer studios (1929-1942)
    former type
    joint-stock company edit this on wikidata
    industrymotion pictures
    fateacquired by paramount pictures, reorganized as famous studios
    successorfamous studios (fully owned subsidiary of paramount pictures, known as paramount cartoon studios before 1942)
    paramount animation
    founded1921 (as out of the inkwell, inc.)
    1929 (as fleischer studios)
    founderdave fleischer, max fleischer edit this on wikidata
    defunctmay 27, 1942
    headquartersbroadway, new york, new york, united states (1923-1938)
    miami, florida, united states (1938-1942)
    key people
    max fleischer (co-founder, producer/director/actor)
    dave fleischer (co-founder, producer/director/actor)
    productsanimated short subjects and feature films
    number of employees
    approx. 800 by 1939
    parentparamount pictures edit this on wikidata
    websitewww.fleischerstudios.com/ edit this on wikidata

    fleischer studios (ər/) was an american corporation which originated as an animation studio located at 1600 broadway, new york city, new york. it was founded in 1921 as out of the inkwell, inc. by brothers max fleischer and dave fleischer who ran the pioneering company from its inception until paramount pictures, the studio's parent company and the distributor of its films, acquired ownership. in its prime, fleischer studios was a premier producer of animated cartoons for theaters, with walt disney productions becoming its chief competitor in the 1930s.

    fleischer studios characters included koko the clown, betty boop, bimbo, popeye the sailor, and superman. unlike other studios, whose characters were anthropomorphic animals, the fleischers' most successful characters were humans (with the exception of bimbo, who was a black-and-white cartoon dog). the cartoons of the fleischer studio were very different from the disney product, both in concept and in execution. as a result, the fleischer cartoons were rough rather than refined, commercial rather than consciously artistic. but in their unique way, their artistry was expressed through a culmination of the arts and sciences.[1] this approach focused on surrealism, dark humor, adult psychological elements, and sexuality, and the environments were grittier and urban, often set in squalid surroundings, reflecting the great depression as well as german expressionism.

  • history
  • legacy and influence
  • notable fleischer studios staff
  • filmography
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Out of the Inkwell, inc. (1921-1929)
Fleischer Studios (1929-1942)
joint-stock company Edit this on Wikidata
IndustryMotion pictures
FateAcquired by Paramount Pictures, reorganized as Famous Studios
SuccessorFamous Studios (fully owned subsidiary of Paramount Pictures, known as Paramount Cartoon Studios before 1942)
Paramount Animation
Founded1921 (as Out of the Inkwell, inc.)
1929 (as Fleischer Studios)
FounderDave Fleischer, Max Fleischer Edit this on Wikidata
DefunctMay 27, 1942
HeadquartersBroadway, New York, New York, United States (1923-1938)
Miami, Florida, United States (1938-1942)
Key people
Max Fleischer (co-founder, producer/director/actor)
Dave Fleischer (co-founder, producer/director/actor)
ProductsAnimated short subjects and feature films
Number of employees
Approx. 800 by 1939
ParentParamount Pictures Edit this on Wikidata
Websitewww.fleischerstudios.com/ Edit this on Wikidata

Fleischer Studios (ər/) was an American corporation which originated as an animation studio located at 1600 Broadway, New York City, New York. It was founded in 1921 as Out of the Inkwell, inc. by brothers Max Fleischer and Dave Fleischer who ran the pioneering company from its inception until Paramount Pictures, the studio's parent company and the distributor of its films, acquired ownership. In its prime, Fleischer Studios was a premier producer of animated cartoons for theaters, with Walt Disney Productions becoming its chief competitor in the 1930s.

Fleischer Studios characters included Koko the Clown, Betty Boop, Bimbo, Popeye the Sailor, and Superman. Unlike other studios, whose characters were anthropomorphic animals, the Fleischers' most successful characters were humans (with the exception of Bimbo, who was a black-and-white cartoon dog). The cartoons of the Fleischer Studio were very different from the Disney product, both in concept and in execution. As a result, the Fleischer cartoons were rough rather than refined, commercial rather than consciously artistic. But in their unique way, their artistry was expressed through a culmination of the arts and sciences.[1] This approach focused on surrealism, dark humor, adult psychological elements, and sexuality, and the environments were grittier and urban, often set in squalid surroundings, reflecting the Great Depression as well as German Expressionism.

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