Waldman was born in Brooklyn, New York on April 23, 1908. He was a graduate of the Pratt Institute, where he majored in Art. He started his first career work in 1930 at Fleischer Studio. At Fleischer he worked on Betty Boop, Raggedy Ann, Gulliver's Travels, the animated adaptations of Superman, and Popeye. He was head animator on two Academy Award nominated shorts, Educated Fish (1937) and Hunky and Spunky (1939).
Waldman made the transition when Fleischer Studios was foreclosed on by Paramount Pictures and reorganized as Famous Studios in 1942. At Famous he worked mostly on the Casper the Friendly Ghost series. In 1958 he left Famous to become an animation director at Hal Seeger Productions where he worked on the revival of the Out of the Inkwell series, as well as Milton the Monster, until his retirement in 1968.
Outside of animation, Waldman partnered with writer Steve Carlin in 1940 to produce the Happy the Humbug comic strip. He also created one of the first graphic novels, the wordless novel Eve: A Pictorial Love Story (1943).
In 1986 Waldman received the Motion Picture Screen Cartoonists Award, and in 1997 was given the Winsor McCay Award for his lifetime work in the field of animation. Waldman died of congestive heart failure on February 4, 2006, at the age of 97 in Bethpage, New York.
Selected filmography (animator)
- 1949 A Haunting We Will Go
- 1943 The Mummy Strikes
- 1942 Japoteurs
- 1942 Billion Dollar Limited
- 1942 The Magnetic Telescope
- 1941 Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy
- 1940 Ants in the Plants
- 1939 Rhythm on the Reservation
- 1939 The Barnyard Brat
- 1938 Riding the Rails
- 1938 The Playful Polar Bears
- 1936 Betty Boop and the Little King
- 1935 Betty Boop with Henry, the Funniest Living American
- 1934 Betty Boop's Trial
- 1934 Betty Boop's Little Pal
- 1934 Betty Boop's Prize Show
- 1933 Betty Boop's Birthday Party
- 1933 Betty Boop's Hallowe'en Party
- Beronä 2008, p. 170.
- Beronä, David A. (2008). Wordless Books: The Original Graphic Novels. Abrams Books. ISBN 978-0-8109-9469-0.
- Myron Waldman at the Internet Movie Database
- Artist: Myron Waldman at the Barker Animation Art Gallery. Features animation biography and examples of work.
- Obituary at the New York Times
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