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Thursday, December 15, 2005

WALDMAN, Myron

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Birth/Death

Birth: April 23, 1908, Brooklyn, New York
Death: February 4, 2006, Long Island

Occupation/Title

Bio Summary

Born in Brooklyn, Mr. Waldman attended the Pratt Institute and was hired as an inker and fill-in artist by the Fleischer Studios in 1930.
The studio, located at 1600 Broadway in Times Square and operated by
the battling brothers Max and Dave Fleischer, was America's pre-eminent
animation workshop, though its status would soon be challenged by Walt
Disney's West Coast operation. In his later years he traveled and lectured, creating
paintings for galleries and working on a musical feature that never
came to fruition.
In the 1990's he was honored with retrospectives at the Museum of
Modern Art, the American Museum of the Moving Image and the Los Angeles
County Museum of Art.
His wife, Rosalie, a cooking instructor whom he met when she was an
animation checker at the Fleischer Studio in the early 1940's, survives
him, as do two sons, Robert, a television writer and producer in New
York, and Steve, a sales executive in Hollywood, Fla., as well as three
grandchildren.

Early Life/Family

In addition to his wife, Waldman has two sons, Steve and Robert, and three grandchildren.

Education/Training

Pratt Institute with a major in Art

Career Outline

A major influence in the animation industry, Myron Waldman was a true pioneer. He started his first career work in 1930 at Max Fleisher Studios. At this studio he did work on cartoons such as Betty Boop, Raggedy Ann, Hunky and Spunky, Gulliver's Travels, Educated Fish, animated adaptation of the Superman comic character, and Popeye.
In 1940, Waldman partnered with writer Steve Carlin and began work on producing the Happy the Humbug comic strip.
Waldman continued to work at Fleischer Studios, even after the studio forclosed and was overtaken by Famous Studio, where he worked mostly on Casper the Friendly Ghost. In 1958 he left Famous to become an animation director at Hal Seeger Productions where he worked on Out of the Inkwell and Milton the Monster.

Comments On Style


Known for his attention to detail. For the 1935 Betty Boop cartoon A Language All My Own, in which the curvaceous cartoon character travels to Japan, Waldman had several Japanese exchange students view his work in order to make sure Betty wouldn’t unintentionally do something offensive to the Japanese audience.

Influences

Personality

Anecdotes

Miscellaneous

Filmography

1938 The Playful Polar Bears
1938 Riding the Rails
1939 The Barnyard Brat
1939 Rhythm on the Reservation
1941 Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy
1942 The Magnetic Telescope
1942 Billion Dollar Limited
1942 Japoteurs
1943 The Mummy Strikes
1949 A Haunting We Will Go


Honors

In 1986 he was won the Motion Picture Screen Cartoonists Award
Annie Award: Winsor McCay Award 1997


Related Links

www. Imdb.com
http://www.scifilm.org/talk/read.php?1,52490

Bibliographic References

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wpdyn/content/article/2006/02/06/AR2006020601664.html
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