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Animation Pioneer

September 24, 1988

In reviewing the television program "Roger Rabbit and the Secrets of Toon Town" and attempting to correct some oversights he found in it, Charles Solomon commits some of his own (TV Review, Sept. 13).

He credited "Anchors Aweigh" (1944) as one of the earlier movies to blend live action with animation. True, but perhaps it would have been more appropriate if he had credited my father, Max Fleischer, for not only inventing the Rotoscope, the process by which this is accomplished, but for using it so successfully for many years in his animated series "Out of the Inkwell" (1917).

As W. Shakespeare said, "But men are men, the best sometimes forget."

RICHARD FLEISCHER

Los Angeles

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