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Fleischer Studios' 100th: A Boop-Oop-A-Doop Celebration (also known as A Boop-Oop-A-Doop Celebration: 100 Years of Fleischer Studios) is a 2019 American live-action/animated television special which premiered on CBS on June 10, 2019. The special was produced by Paramount Television Animation, in association with Fleischer Studios, King Features Syndicate and Hearst Entertainment. The music for this special was composed by French composer, Michel Legrand.


Summary

The special is hosted by that year’s guest stars Tony Danza and Annie Potts celebrating 70 years of Max Fleischer's career in animation. This is the first Max Fleischer-related animated project to be broadcast in Dolby Surround sound system.

It covers Fleischer and his brother Dave's years working for the Bray cartoon studio and then the history of Fleischer Studios which was set up in 1921 (as Inkwell Studios). It features footage and clips from the studio's various cartoons along with new animated/live-action wraparounds and a behind-the-scenes on the then-upcoming special Yo Gabby!.  

Cartoon characters

  • Betty Boop
  • Bimbo the Dog
  • Koko the Clown
  • Fitz the Dog
  • Pudgy
  • Grampy
  • Popeye the Sailor
  • Olive Oyl
  • Bluto
  • Wimpy
  • Swee-Pea
  • Eugene the Jeep
  • Popeye's Nephews (Peepeye, Poopeye, Pupeye and Pipeye)
  • Gabby
  • King Little (cameo)
  • King Bombo (cameo)
  • The Three Spies (Sneak, Snoop and Snitch) (cameo)
  • Prince David (cameo)
  • Princess Glory (cameo)
  • Mayor of Lilliput (cameo)
  • Twinkletoes (cameo)
  • Hoppity (cameo)
  • Honey (cameo)
  • Mr. Bumble (cameo)
  • C. Bagley Beetle (cameo)
  • Swat the Fly (cameo)
  • Smack the Mosquito (cameo)
  • Mrs. Ladybug (cameo)
  • Buzz the Beescout (cameo)
  • Mr. Creeper (cameo)

Celebrities

Voices

Trivia

  • The animated wraparounds are done at Wang Film Productions, with animation direction by Dave Tendlar, Shamus Culhane, Myron Waldman, Norm McCabe, Ed Love and Irv Spence.
  • The special was released to VHS on November 2019.
  • Larry Storch reprises his role as Koko the Clown from the 1960s Out of the Inkwell television series produced by Hal Seeger.
  • Bimbo's new voice is similar to Yakko Warner and Pinky's voices in Animaniacs and Donatello's voice in TMNT.
  • Both Maurice LaMarche and Marilyn Schreffler reprised their roles as their respective Popeye characters.
  • Characters from Gulliver's Travels (except Gabby, who has a major role) and Mr. Bug Goes to Town made cameo appearances in this special.
  • Fitz the Dog makes his return from the silent Out of the Inkwell shorts of the 1920s and the earlier Screen Songs shorts from 1929-30. Here, he is voiced by Don Messick.
  • Although Gulliver only appeared in stock footage, he doesn't make an appearance in the newly animated wraparounds of the special.
  • Desiree Goyette reprised her role as Betty Boop from the 1985 special, The Romance of Betty Boop.
  • This is the last Paramount project to feature Marilyn Schreffler as the voice of Olive Oyl before her death.
  • Paramount eliminated any references to U.M.&.M., NTA and AAP when they showed stock footage clips of the classic shorts.
  • Most of the old Fleischer/Famous staff worked on the storyboards for the wraparounds. Some animators from Warner Bros. worked on it too, such as TBA and TBA.
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