Rummaging through Mark Kausler’s film closet, I found several examples of silent animation created by the Carpenter-Goldman film Laboratory. Who or what was Carpenter-Goldman? For that I turn to our Jonathan Boschen who wrote several pieces on Frank Goldman (aka F. Lyle Goldman). I quote:
“Originally an architect with a bachelors degree in science, Frank Goldman (aka F. Lyle Goldman) began his filmmaking career as a technical animation director for the Bray studios in 1918. Goldman’s decision to drop his architect career and pursue filmmaking came after viewing a stop motion training film that was made by his cousin and Bray animator, J. F. Leventhal.
“Following Goldman’s departure from Bray in the early 1920s, he formed a partnership with Arthur Carpenter and established Carpenter-Goldman Laboratories Inc. Here he oversaw the production of several hand drawn animation films and stop motion films.
“Amongst one of these stop motion films was a 1924 film for A.T.&T. in which a telephone assembled itself through stop motion; a film that Goldman would remake in the 1930s and also in the 1940s. In 1929 Goldman, who had acquired Carpenter-Goldman Laboratories Inc. from Arthur Carpenter several years earlier, sold his company and studio to Audio Cinema Inc. (a division of A.T.&T.) and became a Production Supervisor for the company acting as a producer, director, and a stop motion animator.”
According to the Fleischer Studios website, “For about a year in 1928-29, Max Fleischer’s animation studio was housed in the Carpenter-Goldman Film Laboratories in Long Island City, NY. Max and Frank Goldman teamed up to create Finding His Voice, an educational film for Western Electric, that explained how a film could ‘talk’.”
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
This one is quite cute. I think it was made directly for the home movie market. John McElwee, on his excellent Greenbriar Picture Shows blog, says it was released by Kodak-Cinegraph in the early 1930s…
Sailing, Sailing and On Many Shores
Says Mark Kausler: “These two cartoons are both live action and animation travelogs, featuring an animated sailor who looks a bit like an Otto Messmer character to me. If you get bored, just fast forward past the live action scenes.”
If anyone has anymore examples of Carpenter-Goldman animation – or any more info on the studio – we always welcome addendum in the comments below.
NEXT WEEK: Early Japanese and Russian Cartoons