I know so many of you are big fans of social media. Me, too. It’s so much fun to share new things with my fans. So, you know I have my own Twitter and Facebook pages, right? And my friends at Fleischer Studios are now on Instagram. But did you realize I have MY OWN Instagram, too? That’s right. And some cool things have started to happen on Instagram. Check it out!
Max and me in Miami, Florida
Circa 1940. Collection: V. Mahoney
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 a big deal now, it was a huge deal in the 1930s. Studios only hired women in more lowly roles such as “inker” or “opaquer.” If talented and very lucky, a woman might advance to the position of “inbetweener,” but never…NEVER as an animator.
An article from a 1936 Paramount promotional booklet for Popeye
Did you hear? I told Simon, “Yes!” when he wooed me to star in the new movie he’s producing. ”Simon, who?” you say? Oh, just Simon Cowell, one of the biggest names in entertainment!
Animal Logic Entertainment (about the hottest animation & VFX studio around, having done movies like The LEGO® Movie and Happy Feet) and Simon Cowell and his Syco Entertainment company are teaming up and I’m gonna be their big star on the big screen! You see, my people at Fleischer Studios and King Features got together with their people and CAA who reps them – and voilà! They struck the deal!