This day in Jewish history / The father of Betty Boop is born
Max Fleischer, inventor and maker of the first animated film with sound, also created the sing-along with the bouncing ball.
July 19, 1883, is the birthdate of Max Fleischer, maker of the first animated film with sound and, with his brother Dave, one of the great – if today largely forgotten – pioneers of the art form. Among the most well-known cartoon characters to emerge from Fleischer Studios, in the 1930s, were Betty Boop and Popeye the Sailor.
Max Fleischer was the second-born of the six children of William...