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What if Fleischer Studios Remianed a Major Player in the Animation Industry to Present Day?

     Well, I've finally been been accepted into the Dieselpunks forum. Here's my first post. Since I'm an alternate history enthusiast with a soft spot for fallen empires and assorted lost causes, let me propose a diesel age alternate history. You've probably heard of Fleischer Studios, the Carthage to Disney's Rome. Back in the 1930's, characters like Popeye, Betty Boop, and Koko the Clown were giving Mickey, Donald, and Goofy a run for their money. Sadly, today Fleischer Studios, much like Carthage of old, lies ruined and buried by the sands of time, it's name surviving only in the form of thrift store VHS compilations and ghostly whispers in the minds of independent animators. But this, my friends, is but one of the innumerable islands in the great sea of time. Let us now set our sights on another timeline, where Fleischer Studios doesn't have to settle for past tense on its Wikipedia page. My question for you, fellow dieselpunks, is; How would the landscape of animation be changed if Disney and Fleischer both remain strong competing companies into the present day?

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There would have been a much longer "golden era" in the Disney animation catalog.

Fleischer relied a lot on rotoscoping, as did Disney, which resulted in the fluid, human-like animation you see in the earlier films like Cinderella and Snow White.  After the competition was gone, Disney reused a lot of their classic rotoscope footage, then abandoned it entirely due to budgetary reasons.  If they still had competition from a big studio like Fleischer, it could have gone much differently.

Not to mention, I think Disney would have leaned harder on pleasing children while Fleischer pleased the adult audience.  Without a course correction, this is probably where Fleischer's studio would have fallen if given a second chance.

I like where your last thought was going. Fast forward to present day, would Fleischer Studios be doing adult content cartoons? And if so, how adult would they be? Would they be doing Richard Linklater "Waking Life/A Scanner Darkly" type of animation, or perhaps they would have turned to seedier content to find a new audience?

Tome Wilson said:

There would have been a much longer "golden era" in the Disney animation catalog.

Fleischer relied a lot on rotoscoping, as did Disney, which resulted in the fluid, human-like animation you see in the earlier films like Cinderella and Snow White.  After the competition was gone, Disney reused a lot of their classic rotoscope footage, then abandoned it entirely due to budgetary reasons.  If they still had competition from a big studio like Fleischer, it could have gone much differently.

Not to mention, I think Disney would have leaned harder on pleasing children while Fleischer pleased the adult audience.  Without a course correction, this is probably where Fleischer's studio would have fallen if given a second chance.

The  Hays Code killed Betty Boop and consigned Popeye the Sailor to a more pre-adolescent character.  Expungement of art with moralistic justification.  Sounds like the 40's. 

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