The Info List - Talkartoons

Talkartoons is a series of 42 animated cartoons produced by the Fleischer Studios
Fleischer Studios
and distributed by Paramount Pictures
Paramount Pictures
between 1929 and 1932.


1 History 2 Filmography

2.1 1929-1930 2.2 1931 2.3 1932

3 See also 4 References 5 External links

History[edit] For the Fleischer brothers, the transition to sound was relatively easy. With the new contract with Paramount Pictures, and without the burden of Red Seal Pictures and Alfred Weiss, Max Fleischer
Max Fleischer
was free to experiment with new, bold ideas. First he changed the name of the Ko-Ko Song Cartunes series to Screen Songs. Although the Screen Songs were successful, Fleischer felt that it wasn't enough; Walt Disney also seemed to gain a great amount of fame through his sound cartoons as well. He decided to work with his brother, Dave on a new series of cartoons where the characters did more than just simply dance to the music of the "bouncing ball". The name for the new series was to be Talkartoons. When the idea was pitched to Paramount, they leaped at the opportunity. The Talkartoons started out as one-shot cartoons. The first entry in the series was Noah's Lark, released on October 25, 1929. Although a Fleischer cartoon, it appeared to be patterned after the Aesop's Film Fables of Paul Terry. In it, a Farmer Al Falfa-esque Noah allows the animals of his ark to visit Luna Park. When he brings them back into the ship, the weight is so heavy that it sinks. In the end, Noah chases topless mermaids throughout the ocean waters. Lark has very few gray tones, very much like the Screen Songs produced during the same time and the earlier Fleischer silent works. It also included copyright-free songs, mostly utilized from old 78-rpm's. The series began to take a new direction, however, with the arrival of Max and Dave's brother, Lou Fleischer, whose skills in music and mathematics made a great impact at the studio. A dog named Bimbo gradually became the featured character of the series. The first cartoon that featured Bimbo was Hot Dog (1930), the first Fleischer cartoon to use a full range of greys. New animators such as Grim Natwick, Shamus Culhane, and Rudy Zamora began entering the Fleischer Studio, with new ideas that pushed the Talkartoons into a league of their own. Natwick especially had an off-beat style of animating that helped give the shorts more of a surreal quality. Perhaps his greatest contribution to the Talkartoons series and the Fleischer Studio was the creation of Betty Boop
Betty Boop
with Dizzy Dishes in 1930. By late-1931, Betty Boop
Betty Boop
dominated the series. Koko the Clown
Koko the Clown
was brought out of retirement from the silent days as a third character to Betty and Bimbo. By 1932, the series was at an inevitable end and instead, Betty Boop
Betty Boop
would be given her own series, with Bimbo and Koko as secondary characters. Filmography[edit] Dave Fleischer was the credited director on every cartoon produced by Fleischer Studios. Fleischer's actual duties were those of a film producer and creative supervisor, with the head animators doing much of the work assigned to animation directors in other studios. The head animator is the first animator listed.[1] Credited animators are therefore listed for each short. Note that many of the shorts from 1931-32 don't have their animator credits listed, as they were cut when the shorts were sold to television and had their titles replaced.


# Film Original release date Credited animators Notes

1 Noah's Lark October 28, 1929 No animators credited.

First entry in the Talkartoons series. First entry of the 1929-30 film season.

2 Marriage Wows January 6, 1930 No animators credited

UCLA has nitrate elements on this title, therefore is not a lost cartoon. Working title: Wedding Belles[2]

3 Radio Riot February 10, 1930 No animators credited

The bedtime story broadcast at the end was written by E.Y. Harburg.

4 Hot Dog March 24, 1930 No animators credited

First appearance of Bimbo. First Fleischer cartoon to feature gray tones. First Fleischer cartoon to be scored by Lou Fleischer. Utilizes a recording of "Saint Louis Blues" by Eddie Peabody
Eddie Peabody
within the soundtrack.

5 Fire Bugs May 5, 1930 Ted Sears Grim Natwick

First Fleischer cartoon to credit animators.

6 Wise Flies July 14, 1930 Willard Bowsky Ted Sears

Final entry of the 1929-30 film season. Utilizes a recording of "Some of These Days" by Eddie Peabody
Eddie Peabody
within the soundtrack. Uncredited animator: Grim Natwick

7 Dizzy Dishes August 11, 1930 Grim Natwick Ted Sears

First appearance of the dog who would later evolve into Betty Boop. First appearance of a new title card design that would remain through the series run. First entry of the 1930-31 film season. Officially released on Betty Boop: The Essential Collection, Volume 2

8 Barnacle Bill August 25, 1930 Rudy Zamora Seymour Kneitel

Uncredited animator: Grim Natwick

9 Swing You Sinners! September 22, 1930 Willard Bowsky Ted Sears

Includes caricature of Yiddish comedian Monroe Silver Uncredited animators: Grim Natwick, Jimmie Culhane, William Henning

10 Grand Uproar October 13, 1930 Seymour Kneitel Al Eugster

11 Sky Scraping November 3, 1930 Ted Sears Willard Bowsky

First time Bimbo is named.

12 Up to Mars November 24, 1930 Rudy Zamora Jimmie Culhane

13 Accordion Joe December 15, 1930 Unknown

UCLA possesses nitrate, safety, and video elements on this title, therefore is not a lost cartoon. Some sources incorrectly label this as a 1929 release.

14 Mysterious Mose December 29, 1930 Willard Bowsky Ted Sears

Uncredited animator: Grim Natwick


# Film Original release date Credited animators Notes

15 Ace of Spades January 16 Rudy Zamora Al Eugster

Once lost, but found in 2010.

16 Tree Saps February 3 Grim Natwick Ted Sears

17 Teacher's Pest February 7 Grim Natwick Seymour Kneitel

18 The Cow's Husband March 13 Jimmie Culhane R. Eggeman

The bull's dance was rotoscoped.

19 The Bum Bandit April 3 Willard Bowsky Al Eugster

First time Betty Boop
Betty Boop
is seen with her slender physique. Uncredited animator: Grim Natwick

20 The Male Man April 24 Ted Sears Seymour Kneitel

Uncredited animator: Grim Natwick

21 Twenty Legs Under the Sea May 5 Willard Bowsky Tom Bonfiglio

22 Silly Scandals May 23 Grim Natwick

First time Betty Boop
Betty Boop
is named. Possibly the first Talkartoon to put the director and animator credits on a separate title card.

23 The Herring Murder Case June 26 Jimmie Culhane Al Eugster

First time Bimbo is animated in his most familiar design. First sound cartoon appearance of Koko the Clown.

24 Bimbo's Initiation July 24 Unknown

Placed at #37 in the book The 50 Greatest Cartoons. Final entry of the 1930-31 film season. Officially released on Betty Boop: The Essential Collection, Volume 2

25 Bimbo's Express August 22 Unknown

First entry of the 1931-32 film season.

26 Minding the Baby September 9 Jimmie Culhane Bernard Wolf

27 In the Shade of the Old Apple Sauce October 16 Unknown

Not to be confused with the Screen Songs from 1929 of the same name. Lost cartoon.

28 Mask-A-Raid November 7 Unknown

First time Betty is depicted as a human, with her dog ears replaced by hoop earrings.

29 Jack and the Beanstalk November 21 Unknown

Final time Betty Boop
Betty Boop
is depicted as a dog.

30 Dizzy Red Riding Hood December 12 Grim Natwick


# Film Original release date Credited animators Notes

31 Any Rags? January 2 Willard Bowsky Thomas Bonfiglio

Current prints exist with original titles.

32 Boop-Oop-a-Doop January 16 Unknown

First appearance of the song "Sweet Betty", which would become the theme song for the Betty Boop
Betty Boop
series. Officially released on Betty Boop: The Essential Collection, Volume 2

33 The Robot February 5 Unknown

34 Minnie the Moocher March 11 Willard Bowsky Ralph Somerville

Music performed by Cab Calloway
Cab Calloway
and his orchestra. This short contains the earliest known footage of him and his orchestra performing. The walrus' dancing is rotoscoped from footage of Calloway himself. A version with original titles is known to exist on 1980s video compilations. Named #20 in the book The 50 Greatest Cartoons. Officially released on Betty Boop: The Essential Collection, Volume 3

35 Swim or Sink March 11 Seymour Knitel Bernard Wolf

The original title cards probably animated the short's title. As a result of this, television prints rename it S.O.S..

36 Crazy Town March 25 James H. Culhane David Tendlar

Contains special live-action title cards. Betty's dance is rotoscoped.

37 The Dancing Fool April 8 Seymour Kneitel Bernard Wolf

38 Chess-Nuts April 13 James H. Culhane William Henning

Officially released on Betty Boop: The Essential Collection, Volume 1

39 A Hunting We Will Go April 29 Alfred Eugster Rudolph Eggeman

40 Hide and Seek May 26 Roland Crandall

41 Admission Free June 10 Thomas Johnson Rudolph Eggeman

42 The Betty Boop
Betty Boop
Limited July 1 Willard Bowsky Thomas Bonfiglio

Final entry for the 1931-32 film season. Final entry in the Talkartoons series. Officially released on Betty Boop: The Essential Collection, Volume 2

See also[edit]

Betty Boop Fleischer Studios The Golden Age of American animation



Leslie Cabarga, The Fleischer Story (Da Capo Press, 1988) Richard Fleischer, Out of the Inkwell: Max Fleischer
Max Fleischer
and the Animation Revolution (University Press of Kentucky, 2005) Leonard Maltin, Of Mice and Magic: A History of American Animated Cartoons (Penguin Books, 1987)


^ Culhane, Shamus (1986). Talking Animals and Other People. New York: Da Capo Press. Pg. 40-41 ^ "Marriage Wows (Wedding Belles) (1930) - Talkartoons Theatrical Cartoon Series". Bcdb.com. Retrieved 2017-01-08. 

External links[edit]

Fleischer Sound Cartoons Filmography Betty Boop
Betty Boop
Talkartoon appearances on Youtube

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Fleischer Studios


Max Fleischer Dave Fleischer

Theatrical short film series

Out of the Inkwell
Out of the Inkwell
(1918 – 1926) Inkwell Imps (1927 – 1929) Song Car-Tunes (1924 – 1926) Screen Songs (1929 – 1938) Talkartoons (1929 – 1932) Betty Boop
Betty Boop
(1932 – 1941) Popeye
the Sailor (1933 – 1942, list of shorts) Color Classics (1934 – 1941) Hunky and Spunky (1938 – 1941) Animated Antics (1939 – 1941) Stone Age (1940) Gabby (1940 – 1941) Superman (1941 – 1942)

One-shot theatrical short films

Darwin's Theory of Evolution
Darwin's Theory of Evolution
(1923) The Einstein Theory of Relativity
The Einstein Theory of Relativity
(1923) Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy (1941) The Raven
The Raven

Theatrical feature films

Gulliver's Travels (1939) Mr. Bug Goes to Town
Mr. Bug Goes to Town

See also

Bray Productions Famous Studios Paramo