Max Fleischer’s Screen Song Patent

Submitted for your educational pleasure – another historical find from our friends at the Van Eaton Galleries: The patent for Max Fleischer’s bouncing ball cartoons (filed in 1925, granted in 1926).

Click on thumbnails below to read the convoluted legalese that Fleischer uses to describe his new technique. Note they use Daisy Bell (“A Bicycle Built For Two”) as a sample lyric. Great find – thanks Mike!


  • http://smarterthantheaverage.tumblr.com/ Jonathan Sloman

    Wiffle Piffle!

  • http://classicparamountcartoons.blogspot.com ParamountCartoons

    I know, it expired sometime around Paramount’s takeover or the end of the Fleischer Screen Songs, but these historical documents will put bouncing ball-decpiting TV commercials to shame!

    The patent submission or whatever (that book-like document), shows how you properly do Bouncing Ball sing-along kareoke. Not a computer that jumpcuts a sentence in the lyrics rather than scrolls ‘em.

  • Chris Sobieniak

    > The patent submission or whatever (that book-like document), shows how you properly do Bouncing Ball sing-along kareoke. Not a computer that jumpcuts a sentence in the lyrics rather than scrolls ‘em.

    Let alone highlight the words individually than to use a ball at all. (quick, someone out there steal this idea and put it to good use) :-)

  • Timothy Resce

    Where are the Fleischer Screen Songs held? And when will they be remastered and put out on DVD? The people are waiting…..

    p.s. The Famous Studio screen songs need to be released officially as well…