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At 6:25 AM, Anonymous JP Dellova said...

In 1966 and 67 Frank Enders was the manager of The Mayfair Movie Theater in Commack Long Island. I was one of the ushers. We all knew from the start that he was an animator, and that he'd worked on Felix the Cat. He was middle-aged, I'd say in his early 50s, and generally irritable and borderline nasty. At the time I was sixteen-seventeen and disliked him very much. Later I managed a movie theater myself and quit because the hours were so long and the pay (no benefits of any kind) was so low. Now, at age 60, I can look back and feel some sympathy, it must have been hard having to do that sort of work when he had a good skill and had already made it in his real line of work. I remember he was always well dressed and wore an old brim-style hat that had been fashionable till the late 1950s. I also remember the one time I saw him smiling and pleasant. He was in his office talking on the phone and he said, "They're starting the show up again? Of course I'm happy about it!" -- He looked at me and smiled and it was good to see him in that kind of mood for a change. I don't know if he actually got back into animation. I hope he did, and that things went right for him afterwards.

At 1:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I kept thinking about Frank Enders, who I'd worked for as a theater usher in 1966-67 but couldn't find much till I saw that his real name was Endres -- Francis X. Endres

Kept searching till I found that he's buried in Ft Lauderdale, Fl.

He led a good, full life, including serving as a Navy flight instructor during WWII.

It turns out he did get back into annimation, apparently right after I knew him as a theater manager. Very glad he did; I'm sure the pleasant, happy man I remember from that day when he received good news was the real Frank Enders/Endres rather than the miserable cranky boss I worked for.

And a posthumous thanks to the man for making my childhood, and that of countless others, so much happier.

The following is from a grave finding website:

Birth: May 22, 1911
Death: Jun. 9, 1995

Animator. He is remembered for bringing his drawing talents to many early classic cartoon films and shorts. Endres began his career as an animator during the 1920s when he entered a drawing contest with a picture of a character named Ko Ko the Clown. He won the contest and was offered a job in 1930, working for the famed animator Max Fleischer at his studios in New York City. It was here that Endres began his work on such classic cartoon characters as Betty Boop, Popeye the Sailor, Felix the Cat, and Superman. His many animation credits include, the animated films, "Judge For A Day" (1935), "The Impratical Joker" (1937), "Gulliver's Travels" (1939), "Mr. Bugs Goes To Town" (1941), "The Fly's Last Flight" (1949), "Taxi-Turvy" (1954), "Felineous Assault" (1959), "The Shady Shadow" (1967), "Tough MacDuff' (1967), and "The Mad Magazine TV Special" (1974). He also animated the cartoon television programs, "The Mighty Hercules" in 1963, and "Spider-Man" from 1968 to 1970. Besides his work with the Fleischer Studios, he also worked for several other studios over the years. At the outbreak of World War II, he served as an instructor at the United States Naval Air Technical Training Center, and on board the warship, the USS Wasp. His later years was spent between Maryland and Florida. He continued to draw up until his death. (bio by: K)

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