|Max Fleischer Studio|
|Death Date: September 11, 1972
|“After the children have gone off and everyone has come out of hiding, Hoppity gathers the people and tells them that they should leave the lowlands for higher ground where it is safe from the humans. Beetle, with Swat and Smack, on the outskirts of the crowd, listens. He owns all the high ground and will not offer to let the community live there unless Honey Bee will marry him”.
Max Fleischer was born in Vienna, Austria, on July 19, 1883; his parents immigrated to the United States when he was four and Max grew up in Manhattan and then Brooklyn, New York.
Fleischer studied at the Art Students League and Cooper Union in New York. Fleischer had a curiosity about the latest inventions and he began to explore the idea of applying mechanics to the cartoons and producing a motion picture. Fleischer was intrigued with the idea of using a machine to create lifelike movement and take the guesswork out of animation. In 1929 Fleischer moved into the realm of animation and sound – his cartoons could now speak for themselves and Paramount coined the word: “Talkartoons” – actual talking pictures.
Fleischer Studios under Paramount Pictures were the early creators of some of the most favored cartoons of the century – they include Popeye, Betty Boop, Gulliver’s Travels and Superman.
“Mr. Bug Goes to Town” was released in 1941 and became the last cartoon created by Fleishcer Studio through Paramount Pictures. It was used as a promotional device by the studios and several different images from this cartoon were sent to theatres across the country upon the release of this animated cartoon.