Sidney (Sid) Marcus

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Marcus began his career in animation in 1916 as an animator for William Randolph Hearst’s International Film Service, where he animated the Krazy Kat series. In 1925, he joined Associated Animators in order to work on Mutt and Jeff animations for Short Film Syndicate. After less than two years, Marcus left the later studio for Fleischer Studios.

1930 marked the beginning of Marcus’ 10 year involvement with Charles Mintz Production. In the same year, Marcus created a new series, Toby the Pup (1930-1931), distributed by RKO, and later co-created, with Dick Huemer and Art Davis, a much more popular series called Scrappy (1931-1939). For years after he was hired, Marcus became involved with the new series, Color Rhapsodies, which was a direct emulation of Disney’s popular Silly Symphonies. He was first working on the series as an animator but in 1938 he was promoted to the position of series’ director. After Charles Mintz Production was taken over by Columbia, and renamed Screen Gems in 1939, Marcus stayed at the studio and continued working as a director of Color Rhapsodies, and  Phantasies. From 1944 to 1946, he was also responsible for the story of the Fox and Crow series. While working for Charles Mintz Production, Marcus worked briefly at Van Beuren Studios in 1935, and while at Screen Gems, he was briefly employed by Leon Schlesinger Productions in Art Davis’ unit in 1947. When the unit was closed in the same year, Marcus went back to Screen Gems.

In the 1950s, Marcus joined Warner Bros. Cartoons’ story department, where we worked on Merrie Melodies, and Looney Tunes featuring Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, and Bobo. At the end of the 1950s, he was hired as a storyman of the Felix the Cat (1958-1961) series by Oriolo Productions.

Marcus continued working in the animation industry until his death in 1979. In the 1960s, he worked for Sam Singer as a director of the Courageous Cat and Minute Mouse (1960-1962) and Sinbad Jr. (1964-1965). In 1962, he became a director of the Inspector Willoughby, Chilly Willy, and Woody Woodpecker series at Walter Lantz Productions. Marcus was also involved with Krantz Films’ Spider-Man series, and DePatie-Freleng Enterprises. He worked for the later studio for almost 10 years, and his credits include work on both theatrical and television series such as Roland and Rattfink, The Ant and the Aardvark, The Tijuana Toads, Bailey’s Comets, The Oddball Couple, The Pink Panther, All-New Pink Panther Show, and Krazy Kat, among others.

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