Seymour Kneitel

Seymour Kneitel (March 16, 1908 – July 30, 1964) was an American animator.wikipedia
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Famous Studios

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He is best known for his work with Fleischer Studios and its successor, Famous Studios.
Three top Fleischer employees were promoted to run the animation studio: business manager Sam Buchwald, storyboard artist Isadore Sparber, and Max Fleischer's son-in-law, head animator Seymour Kneitel.

Fleischer Studios

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He is best known for his work with Fleischer Studios and its successor, Famous Studios.

Isadore Sparber

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Kneitel wrote several Superman episodes with Isadore (Izzy) Sparber, and directed one short, The Mechanical Monsters (1941).
However, he was credited as a writer for several Superman cartoons (all with Seymour Kneitel), as well as the feature-length films Gulliver's Travels and Mr. Bug Goes to Town.

The Mechanical Monsters

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Kneitel wrote several Superman episodes with Isadore (Izzy) Sparber, and directed one short, The Mechanical Monsters (1941).

Max Fleischer

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Kneitel was married to Ruth Fleischer, making him Max Fleischer's son-in-law and director Richard Fleischer's brother-in-law.
While she originated under veteran animator Myron "Grim" Natwick, she was transformed into a human female under Seymour Kneitel and Berny Wolf and became Fleischer's biggest character.

Richard Fleischer

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Kneitel was married to Ruth Fleischer, making him Max Fleischer's son-in-law and director Richard Fleischer's brother-in-law.

United States

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Seymour Kneitel (March 16, 1908 – July 30, 1964) was an American animator.

Animator

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Seymour Kneitel (March 16, 1908 – July 30, 1964) was an American animator.

New York City

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Kneitel was born in New York City where he graduated from P.S. 10 in Manhattan and attended the High School of Commerce, taking commercial art courses.

Colonel Heeza Liar

He was able to attend an annex of Commerce HS and work after school and Saturdays for Bray Studios, coloring drawings for Colonel Heeza Liar cartoons.

Inbetweening

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From 1925 to 1927, he worked as an inbetweener at Max Fleischer's "Out of the Inkwell" Studio, and was there for two years when he was offered an opportunity to go to MGM Studios in California as a junior writer.

Out of the Inkwell

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From 1925 to 1927, he worked as an inbetweener at Max Fleischer's "Out of the Inkwell" Studio, and was there for two years when he was offered an opportunity to go to MGM Studios in California as a junior writer.

Mutt and Jeff

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In 1928 he worked for six months at Loucks and Norling on industrial films and the Mutt and Jeff series.

Betty Boop

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During his time there he provided animation for many films, including the Betty Boop and Popeye the Sailor series, Talkartoons, Screen Songs (with the famous "bouncing ball"), and the studio's first feature-length film, Gulliver's Travels.

Popeye

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During his time there he provided animation for many films, including the Betty Boop and Popeye the Sailor series, Talkartoons, Screen Songs (with the famous "bouncing ball"), and the studio's first feature-length film, Gulliver's Travels.

Bouncing ball (music)

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During his time there he provided animation for many films, including the Betty Boop and Popeye the Sailor series, Talkartoons, Screen Songs (with the famous "bouncing ball"), and the studio's first feature-length film, Gulliver's Travels.

Mr. Bug Goes to Town

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After the failure of their second feature, Mister Bug Goes to Town, the studio called in their loans, effectively foreclosing the studio.

Casper the Friendly Ghost

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Kneitel himself had become one of the most prolific directors of the Popeye shorts and also directed many of the Casper the Friendly Ghost shorts.

Herman and Katnip

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Famous Studios also created a series called Noveltoons that included the three popular series; Casper the Friendly Ghost, Herman and Katnip and Baby Huey.

Baby Huey

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Famous Studios also created a series called Noveltoons that included the three popular series; Casper the Friendly Ghost, Herman and Katnip and Baby Huey.

King Features Syndicate

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King Features Syndicate, aware of the high ratings that the Popeye shorts had earned on television, commissioned a new series of Popeye shorts for syndication in 1960.

Broadcast syndication

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King Features Syndicate, aware of the high ratings that the Popeye shorts had earned on television, commissioned a new series of Popeye shorts for syndication in 1960.

Limited animation

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Due to the usage of limited animation, the quality of these films are inferior to those produced by the Fleischer and Famous Studios.

Myocardial infarction

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Kneitel died of a heart attack on July 30, 1964.

Affinity (law)

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Kneitel was married to Ruth Fleischer, making him Max Fleischer's son-in-law and director Richard Fleischer's brother-in-law.