MAX and Me

Betty Boop and the…First Woman Animator!

MAX and Me by Ginny Mahoney Granddaughter of Betty Boop’s creator, Max Fleischer It’s no coincidence that in 1933 Max Fleischer, the man who created the “liberated” Betty Boop, was also the person who hired the FIRST female animator. Max was often ahead of his time! Although hiring a woman animator may not seem like […]

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Betty Boop’s Famous…. Garter

MAX and Me by Ginny Mahoney Granddaughter of Betty Boop’s creator, Max Fleischer Betty came to life in 1930 when women, having won the right to vote just a decade earlier, were finally liberating themselves from tight, uncomfortable undergarments like girdles with attached metal clasps that held their stockings up.  For the modern, more liberated […]

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Happy Birthday, Max!

MAX and Me by Ginny Mahoney Granddaughter of Betty Boop’s creator, Max Fleischer Since tomorrow — July 19th — is Max’s birthday, I thought I’d celebrate by sharing some fun facts about the man himself. Max was born in 1883, the second eldest of Wilhelm and Amelia Fleischer’s six children. From a very early age, […]

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When Betty Boop was … a REDHEAD!

MAX and Me by Ginny Mahoney Granddaughter of Betty Boop’s creator, Max Fleischer The year was 1934 and Betty was starring in Poor Cinderella, the first color film to be made by Fleischer Studios. All of Betty’s previous films were in black and white. In fact, this is the only color film that Betty appeared […]

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Let’s Draw Betty!

MAX and Me by Ginny Mahoney Granddaughter of Betty Boop’s creator, Max Fleischer With a little practice you, too, can draw Betty … Max Fleischer was a great artist — but he wasn’t born that way.  From the time he was a boy, he loved to draw, but he had no formal art instruction as […]

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