My dad was always in an animation state of mind. He didn’t turn it off when he came home at night. He would get hysterical over a good ‘gag’ or joke (before the days of e-mail good jokes were widely shared in person with the re-telling of it a craft in itself). Sitting at the dinner table was an occasion for dad to gather input from the family for anything he might use at work. In fact, if we suggested a corny cartoon title that was used, we could earn five dollars! This generated a lot of hackneyed one-ups-manship between my two brothers, mother and myself. My brother Tommy swore he came up with the idea for the character ‘Goodie the Gremlin’ and he never got paid!! (Goodie starred in four Noveltoons, the first appeared in 1961.)
In addition, all kinds of life events were acknowledged with one of a kind creations. Here’s a selection of some of these unique drawings made by my dad, Seymour Kneitel.
The P.S. in the letter “Give my regards to Bimbo” is a reference to a real life dog they had called Bimbo.
These last three drawings are all on Fleischer Studios animation paper. When these drawings were done, animation studios each had their own preference as to the size of the paper, the type of paper, and the system of holes at the top that held the paper in place. Details such as these can be useful in identifying from which studio a drawing might have originated. The drawings below were made between 1931 and about 1938 during the time Fleischer Studios used this distinctive paper... 8.5” x 11” sheets punched with three holes at the top that fit their unique animation peg system. This paper was made specifically for them by Hammermill and is watermarked ‘Management Bond.’