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.
Here’s some more story ideas that were submitted by Studio staff for Casper films. I thought these really good examples of how ideas could be submitted in any form--- they didn’t need to be anything fancy… like typed! Also, they're fun to read since you can really hear the voice of the writer. This first proposal is by George Germanetti, long time Fleisher and Famous Studios animator. Click on any image to enlarge for reading
Here’s a story idea below by Myron Waldman, another long time Fleischer and Famous Studios animator. Myron likely held the record for having worked on the most Betty Boop cartoons and was responsible for animating many Casper films as well.
The story idea below was submitted by Jack Mercer—who though he submitted many story ideas and was also an assistant animator, is best remembered as the voice of Popeye.
If you think the story idea below looks a bit more ‘professional’- it’s because the writer, Larz Bourne, was actually a member of the story department!
I love these story ideas because they show how staffers in the 30’s and 40’s could choose to be involved in many aspects of a film... from start to finish!
All story idea scripts: Collection of Virginia Mahoney