Oskar Fischinger was born in Gelnhausen, Germany in 1900. He had careers in painting, film making and abstract animation. Through out his lifetime, Fischinger made over 50 short animations.
In 1921, Fischinger was introduced to Walter Ruttman, who made abstract films. He was inspired to experiment with coloured liquids, wax and clay. He developed a "Wax Slicing Machine", which was programmed to slice wax in time with a camera shutter.
In 1924, He was hired by Louis Seel, to make more mature cartoons. He used this time to also test new methods of film making, including using multiple projectors.
In 1933, The Nazi's called the kind of art Fischinger was making "Degenerate Art". However, Fischinger claimed his work to be commercials. An agent from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer saw one of these commercials and was impressed. Soon after, Fischinger was hired by Paramount Pictures.