A series of rare Max Fleischer sound cartoon shorts released by animation historian Jerry Beck. Fleischer was a pioneer in the development of the animated cartoon and served as the head of Fleischer Studios. He brought such animated characters as Betty Boop, Koko the Clown, Popeye and Superman to the movie screen and was responsible for a number of technological innovations including the Rotoscope.
A documentary about the Fleischer brothers and how they revolutionized animation.
Between 1921 and 1942, Dave and Max Fleischer led Fleischer Studios, an entity that broke the ground for animation and its place in history. For a good run, Fleischer was Walt Disney Studios' biggest competitor, a worthy foe that was responsible for such characters as Koko the Clown, Betty Boop, Popeye and the "strongest" of them all, Superman. Through their many contributions to the genre, the Fleischers helped animation become what it is today.
Documentary on the 1940s Fleischer Superman film series.
Without Fleischer Studios, there would be no Popeye the Sailor Man. In the 1930s, brothers Max and Dave Fleischer gave Disney a run for its money with cartoons featuring the old salt, Betty Boop, Superman and more. This collection of classics contains some of the inventive studio's earliest creations -- including Koko the Clown and shorts from the Out of the Inkwell series -- plus later works such as Gabby.
After The Daily Planet receives a letter from a mad scientist threatening to wreak destruction with his Electrothanasia Ray, Lois Lane heads out in the hopes of getting more information for a news story.
More than just a landmark in superhero animation, Max Fleischer's Superman shorts were no less than the foundation for so many shows that succeeded it. Playing in theaters in 1941-42, only a few years after the Man of Steel made his debut in Action Comics, these 17 exciting films were produced by Fleischer and made famous the phrase "This looks like a job for Superman!" At 10 minutes, each film had just enough time to run the opening credits, establish the threat, let Lois Lane make a headstrong rush into peril, and allow Clark Kent to change to his alter ego and save the day. The films show a remarkably dynamic and atmospheric storytelling style that enables them to hold up for modern viewers. At first the films followed a science fiction-fantasy theme, but not unexpectedly for that time soon focused on wartime concerns.
Documentary about the making of the movie "The Boston Strangler".
An escaped convict is out to kill the judge who sentenced him. Two inept detectives are hired to guard the judge.
Joseph Wambaugh wrote his first novel 'The New Centurions' while still active as a member of the Los Angeles Police Department, and his fact-based, painfully realistic book became a nation-wide bestseller when it came out in 1971. Replacing heroic cops with struggling, psychologically damaged characters, Wambaugh changed crime literature forever. Richard Fleischer’s filming of Wambaugh’s novel, also called THE NEW CENTURIONS, followed a year later and, in turn, revolutionized crime movies. Featuring newly filmed interviews with writer Joseph Wambaugh, star Stacy Keach, technical advisor Richard E. Kalk (Wambaugh’s real-life LAPD partner) and assistant cameraman Ronald Vidor, COP STORIES: THE MAKING OF RICHARD FLEISCHER’S THE NEW CENTURIONS chronicles the production of that landmark film in all its stages from script to screen.
Superman made his animated debut in this series of seventeen classic Technicolor short films produced by Fleischer Studios and its successor Famous Studios in the 1940s.