This blog is in memory of Seymour Kneitel, an exceptional animator and director from the Golden Age of Animation.
His career in animation began at the age of 16, attending high school during the day while working after school and Saturdays for Bray Studios, an early pioneering animation studio. The major portion of his later animation career was spent with Fleischer Studios and its' two successor studios... Famous Studios and Paramount Cartoon Studios.
Another original card from Seymour and Ruth, who are yet again
facing the Christmas season waiting for the birth of a baby. At the time
Seymour was working for Fleischer Studios.
Christmas was a hugely important holiday for the Fleischer Studios
people. Staff came from many different backgrounds, many of them were first
generation Americans... and they represented many different religions. But no
matter their background or religion, they all seemed to think Christmas was yet another
great way to have a good time together.
They had a really big and crazy Christmas party in a rented theater
or restaurant, exchanged these hand made and personalized Christmas cards with
each other… and had a rousing good time. To see more about how Fleischer
Studios staff celebrated Christmas, including more of the original Christmas cards
created by staff... plus rare footage of a home made movie during one of these
1930’s Christmas parties….