While much has changed technically since that time, it’s remarkable how much of 2d animation production has remained the same.
It’s also interesting how some essential aspects of production, such as timing actions to a predetermined beats, have largely fallen by the wayside. Sometimes, when contemporary productions attempt to replicate the Fleischer style, they feel a bit “off,” and much of that has to do with how the animation is timed.
Ever wondered how Fleischer Studios produced Betty Boop and Popeye cartoons during the 1930s?
“… the Standard Production Reference later became a guide by which other animation companies were organized or by which they regularized production….. For at least thirty seven years after the demise of the Fleischer Studios, ‘The Bible’ was the most commonly used reference work within New York animation studios.”