Seymour Kneitel

Birth: Seymour Kneitel was born in New York City on March 16, 1908 (2).
Death: He suffered a heart attack and died on July 30, 1964 at the age of 56 (4).

*Occupation/Title*
Kneitel was an animator, director, producer, and writer at Fleischer Studios, and co-founder of Famous Studios.

*Bio Summary*
Seymour Kneitel entered the animation industry when he was just a teenager, and worked at many different studios during his life. The majority (and most notable) of his work was at Fleischer studios, where he directed literally hundreds of shorts.

*Early Life/Family*
Kneitel’s father died when the boy was 16, and then-student Kneitel was forced to find work to support his mother and sister.

He married Ruth Fleischer, which made him Richard Fleischer’s brother-in-law and Max Fleischer’s son-in-law. His uncle, Sammy Timberg, provided the music for many of his cartoons (2).

*Education/Training*
He graduated from P.S. 10 in Manhattan, and was taking classes at the High School of Commerce when he started his career. He took additional classes at the National Academy of Design.

*Career Outline*
Kneitel’s career started while he was still a student, working as a colorist for Bray Studios’ *Colonel Heeza Liar* cartoons. After he graduated, he became an office boy at L.F. Cornwell, and several months later he started working as an animator on their *Ebinizer Ebony* cartoons. In 1925 he became an inbetweener at Max Fleischer’s “Out of the Inkwell” studio, and left in 1927 to write sub-titles for MGM’s silent films. The arrival of sound in movies soon lost him this job, so he returned east to become an animator again in 1928. He briefly worked on Loucks and Norling’s *Mutt and Jeff *series before returning to work for Fleischer later that year. Within a year of his return Kneitel had become head animator, working on many shorts and Fleischer’s first feature film*: Gulliver’s Travels*.

He suffered a heart attack in 1939 and quit working until 1941. He came back just in time to work on some of Fleischer’s *Superman* cartoons, and directed one of the shorts. When Fleischer Studios closed in 1942, Kneitel (along with Sam Buchwald and Izzy Sparber) formed their own studio: Famous Studios (1).

Eleven years after the studio was formed, it was subsidized by Paramount and re-named Paramount Cartoon Studios (3). Kneitel was then made director of production, and his work from this time includes *Popeye the Sailor*, *Casper the Friendly Ghost*, and *Baby Huey*. In 1960, the studio ceased it theatrical *Popeye* shorts and created a syndicated *Popeye* television series, of which Kneitel directed many episodes before he passed away in 1964 (3).

*Comments On Style*
Kneitel’s animation tended to be more realistic and subdued than most work that came from the Fleischer studios, though still quite “cartoony:. He showed a skilled use of both secondary action and arcs of motion, and many of his cartoons featured fluid, sweeping gestures.

*Influences*
No information available.

*Personality*

*Anecdotes*

*Miscellaneous*
Kneitel was involved in several politically incorrect (by todays standards) wartime cartoons, such as *Japoteurs * (2).**

*Filmography* (2)
DIRECTOR:
Space Kid (1966)
A Tiger's Tail (1964)
The Bus Way to Travel (1964)
Accidents Will Happen (1964)
Reading, Writhing, and Rithmetic (1964)
Hip Hip Ole (1964)
Near-Sighted and Far Out (1964)
And So Tibet (1964)
Highway Slobbery (1964)
Call Me a Taxi (1964)
Robot Rival (1964)
The Once Lover (1964)
Laddy and His Lamp (1964)
Service with a Smile (1964)
A Friend in Tweed (1964)
Fizzicle Fizzle (1964)
Fix That Clock (1964)
Sailing Zero (1964)
Panhandling on Madison Avenue (1964)
Goodie Good Deed (1964)
Whiz Quiz Kid (1964)
TV Series: Snuffy Smith and Barney Google (1963-1964)
The Sheepish Wolf (1963)
Hiccup Hound (1963)
Hound for Pound (1963)
Hobo's Holiday (1963)
The Pig's Feat (1963)
Tell Me a Bedtime Story (1963)
Sour Gripes (1963)
Gramps to the Rescue (1963)
Harry Happy (1963)
Trash Program (1963)
One Weak Vacation (1963)
A Sight for Squaw Eyes (1963)
Drum Up a Tenant (1963)
Good Snooze Tonight (1963)
Ollie the Owl (1963)
TV Series: Beetle Bailey (1963)
Ringading Kid (1963)
TV Series: The New Casper Cartoon Show (1963)
One of the Family (1962)
Fiddlin' Around (1962)
Robot Ringer (1962)
It's for the Birdies (1962)
Mouse Blanche (1962)
Penny Pals (1962)
Yule Laff (1962)
Take Me to Your Gen'rul (1962)
Et Tu Otto (1962)
Keeping Up with Krazy (1962)
The Method and Maw (1962)
A Tree Is a Tree Is a Tree? (1962)
The Hat (1962)
Snuffy's Song (1962)
Hero's Reward (1962)
Psychological Testing (1962)
Cool Cat Blues (1962)
TV or Not TV (1962)
Funderful Suburbia (1962)
Giddy Gadgets (1962)
Good and Guilty (1962)
Popcorn and Politics (1962)
Without Time or Reason (1962)
Perry Popgun (1962)
Hi Fi Jinx (1962)
Frog's Legs (1962)
Crumley Cogwheel (1962)
Home Sweet Swampy (1962)
The Plot Sickens (1961)
Abner the Baseball (1961)
Kozmo Goes to School (1961)
Turtle Scoop (1961)
Cane and Able (1961)
Cape Kidnaveral (1961)
Bopin' Hood (1961)
Trick or Tree (1961)
The Inquisit Visit (1961)
Hound About That (1961)
In the Nicotine (1961)
Alvin's Solo Flight (1961)
Goodie, the Gremlin (1961)
The Mighty Termite (1961)
The Kid from Mars (1961)
The Lion's Busy (1961)
Phantom Moustacher (1961)
Terry the Terror (1961)
Miceniks (1961)
Northern Mites (1961)
TV Series: Popeye the Sailor (1960-1961)
Galaxia (1960)
Bouncing Benny (1960)
Planet Mouseola (1960)
Disguise the Limit (1960)
Fine Feathered Fiend (1960)
Space Conditioning (1960)
Turning the Fables (1960)
Electronica (1960)
Shootin' Stars (1960)
Counter Attack (1960)
The Shoe Must Go On (1960)
Silly Science (1960)
Peck Your Own Home (1960)
Trigger Treat (1960)
Monkey Doodles (1960)
From Dime to Dime (1960)
Trouble Date (1960)
Fiddle Faddle (1960)
Be Mice to Cats (1960)
The Boss Is Always Right (1960)
Top Cat (1960)
Busy Buddies (1960)
Mike the Masquerader (1960)
Scouting for Trouble (1960)
Out of This Whirl (1959)
Katnip's Big Day (1959)
T.V. Fuddlehead (1959)
TV Series: Matty's Funnies with Beany and Cecil (1959)
Talking Horse Sense (1959)
Casper's Birthday Party (1959)
Spooking of Ghosts (1959)
Not Ghoulty (1959)
Down to Mirth (1959)
Huey's Father's Day (1959)
Houndabout (1959)
Fun on Furlough (1959)
La Petite Parade (1959)
Felineous Assault (1959)
Fit to Be Toyed (1959)
The Animal Fair (1959)
Doing What's Fright (1959)
Owly to Bed (1959)
Dawg Gawn (1958)
Right Off the Bat (1958)
Stork Raving Mad (1958)
Good Scream Fun (1958)
You Said a Mouseful (1958)
Which Is Witch? (1958)
Ghost Writers (1958)
Spook and Span (1958)
Sportickles (1958)
Boo Bop (1957)
Jolly the Clown (1957)
Possum Pearl (1957)
Ice Scream (1957)
From Mad to Worse (1957)
L'Amour the Merrier (1957)
Spree Lunch (1957)
Peek-a-Boo (1957)
The Crystal Brawl (1957)
Nearlyweds (1957)
Spooking About Africa (1957)
Lion in the Roar (1956)
Fright from Wrong (1956)
Sir Irving and Jeames (1956)
Line of Screammage (1956)
Will Do Mousework (1956)
Penguin for Your Thoughts (1956)
Out to Punch (1956)
Popeye for President (1956)
Mouseum (1956)
Ground Hog Play (1956)
Hill-billing and Cooing (1956)
A Job for a Gob (1955)
Little Audrey Riding Rood Car-azy Drivers (1955)
Bull Fright (1955)
Gift of Gag (1955)
Spooking with a Brogue (1955)
Bicep Built for Two (1955)
Penny Antics (1955)
Hide and Shriek (1955)
Gopher Spinach (1954)
Private Eye Popeye (1954)
Boos and Arrows (1954)
Fright to the Finnish (1954)
Greek Mirthology (1954)
Puss 'n' Boos (1954)
Of Mice and Menace (1954)
Taxi-Turvy (1954)
Casper Genie (1954)
Zero the Hero (1954)
The Seapreme Court (1954)
Boo Moon (1954)
Northwest Mousie (1953)
Shaving Muggs (1953)
Popeye, the Ace of Space (1953)
Little Boo-Peep (1953)
Baby Wants a Battle (1953)
By the Old Mill Scream (1953)
Toreadorable (1953)
Better Bait Than Never (1953)
Popeye's Mirthday (1953)
Aero-Nutics (1953)
Philharmaniacs (1953)
Spook No Evil (1953)
Starting From Hatch (1953)
Ancient Fistory (1953)
The Case of the Cockeyed Canary (1952)
Big Bad Sinbad (1952)
Forest Fantasy (1952)
Mice-capades (1952)
Popalong Popeye (1952)
Clown on the Farm (1952)
Tots of Fun (1952)
Cage Fright (1952)
Dizzy Dinosaurs (1952)
Swimmer Take All (1952)
The Awful Tooth (1952)
Cat carson Rides Again (1952)
The Deep Boo Sea (1952)
Popeye's Pappy (1952)
Snooze Reel (1952)
Scout Fellow (1951)
Cat Tamale (1951)
Let's Talk Spinach (1951)
Cat-Choo (1951)
Party Smarty (1951)
Slip Us Some Redskin (1951)
Double-Cross-Country Race (1951)
As the Crow Lies (1951)
Land of Lost Watches (1951)
Thrill of Fair (1951)
Drippy Mississippi (1951)
Boo Hoo Baby (1951)
Vacation with Play (1951)
Sock-a-Bye Kitty (1950)
The Farmer and the Belle (1950)
Fiesta Time (1950)
Fresh Yeggs (1950)
Riot in Rhythm (1950)
Quick on the Vigor (1950)
Baby Wants Spinach (1950)
Saved by the Bell (1950)
Helter Swelter (1950)
Popeye Makes a Movie (1950)
Ups an' Downs Derby (1950)
Jingle, Jangle, Jungle (1950)
Beach Peach (1950)
Detouring Thru Maine (1950)
How Green Is My Spinach (1950)
Blue Hawaii (1950)
Mice Meeting You (1950)
The Fly's Last Flight (1949)
Strolling Thru the Park (1949)
Our Funny Finny Friends (1949)
Farm Foolery (1949)
Toys Will Be Toys (1949)
Lumberjack and Jill (1949)
A-haunting We Will Go (1949)
The Stork Market (1949)
The Emerald Isle (1949)
Hep Cat Symphony (1949)
The Funshine State (1949)
Symphony in Spinach (1948)
The Old Shell Game (1948)
Robin Hood-Winked (1948)
Readin', Writin', and Rhythmetic (1948)
Snow Place Like Home (1948)
Spinach vs Hamburgers (1948)
Camptown Races (1948)
Butterscotch and Soda (1948)
Sing or Swim (1948)
Pre-Hysterical Man (1948)
Winter Draws On (1948)
The Golden State (1948)
Little Brown Jug (1948)
The Dog Show-Off (1948)
Base Brawl (1948)
Cat o'Nine Tails (1948)
All's Fair at the Fair (1947)
Santa's Surprise (1947)
The Baby Sitter (1947)
Naughty But Mice (1947)
The Royal Four-Flusher (1947)
Popeye and the Pirates (1947)
The Mild West (1947)
Madhattan Island (1947)
The Enchanted Square (1947)
Stupidstitious Cat (1947)
The Fistic Mystic (1946)
Spree for All (1946)
Chick and Double Chick (1946)
Old MacDonald Had a Farm (1946)
Peep in the Deep (1946)
Loose in a Caboose (1946)
House Tricks? (1946)
Man's Pest Friend (1945)
Mess Production (1945)
Daffidilly Daddy (1945)
Beau Ties (1945)
Scrappily Married (1945)
Magica-Lulu (1945)
When G.I. Johnny Comes Home (1945)
Gabriel Churchkitten (1944)
She-Sick Sailors (1944)
I'm Just Curious (1944)
It's Nifty to Be Thrifty (1944)
Puppet Love (1944)
Lucky Lulu (1944)
Suddenly It's Spring (1944)
Cilly Goose (1944)
Hullaba-Lulu (1944)
Henpecked Rooster (1944)
The Marry-Go-Round (1943)
Cartoons Ain't Human (1943)
Secret Agent (1943)
The Underground World (1943)
Ration Fer the Duration (1943)
Me Musical Nephews (1942)
Scrap the Japs (1942)
Japoteurs (1942)
UNCREDITED DIRECTOR: Moving Aweigh (1944)
The Mighty Navy (1941)
Leave Well Enough Alone (1939)
Customers Wanted (1939)
Cops Is Always Right (1938)
Goonland (1938)
The Jeep (1938)
I Yam Lovesick (1938)
The House Builder-Upper (1938)
Let's Celebrake (1938)
Protek the Weakerist (1937)
The Football Toucher Downer (1937)
I Likes Babies and Infinks (1937)
Lost and Foundry (1937)
The Twisker Pitcher (1937)
Hospitaliky (1937)
My Artistical Temperature (1937)
Christmas Comes But Once a Year (1936)
Little Swee' Pea (1936)
Never Kick a Woman (1936)
What -- No Spinach? (1936)
Bridge Ahoy! (1936)
Brotherly Love (1936)
A Clean Shaven Man (1936)
Vim, Vigor and Vitaliky (1936)
The Spinach Overture (1935)
For Better or Worser (1935)
The 'Hyp-Nut-Tist' (1935)
An Elephant Never Forgets (1935)
A Dream Walking (1934)
Axe Me Another (1934)
Strong to the Finich (1934)
Sock-a-Bye, Baby (1934)
Seasin's Greetinks! (1933)
Sing, Babies, Sing (1933)
Parade of the Wooden Soldiers (1933)
I Eats My Spinach (1933)
I Yam What I Yam (1933)
Popeye the Sailor (1933)
WRITER:
TV Series: Popeye the Sailor (20 episodes) (1960-1961)
Riot in Rhythm (1950)
Strolling Thru the Park (1949)
Lulu at the Zoo (1944)
Electric Earthquake (1942)
Pip-eye, Pup-eye, Poop-eye an' Peep-eye (1942)
Billion Dollar Limited (1942)
The Mechanical Monsters (1941)
Superman (1941)
UNCREDITED WRITER: Katnip's Big Day (1959)
Casper's Birthday Party (1959)
Puss 'n' Boos (1954)
Suddenly It's Spring (1944) *Honors*

*Related Links*
http://www.cartoonresearch.com/paramount.html**

*Bibliographic References*
1. Beck, Jerry. *Cartoon Research: Paramount/Famous Studios*.2005. Accessed October 2, 2011. http://www.cartoonresearch.com/paramount.html
2. *Internet Movie Database*. Accessed October 2, 2011.http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0460667/bio
3. Maltin, Leonard (1980, rev. 1988). *Of Mice and Magic*. New York:Plume. Pg. 316-319
4. Maltin, Leonard (1980, rev. 1988). *Of Mice and Magic*. New York: Plume. Pg. 319-321

*Contributor(s) To This Listing:*
Will Seeley

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