news
history
episodes
future
contact

----------------------

The Beginning

Rufus' creator Raoul Deleo started his career as a commercial artist in 1923. He made illustrations for a large number of respected newspapers. In 1925 he was asked by the Boston Daily Courant to develop a comic strip.

----------------------

Dinky Dog

Dinky Dog was Deleo's first cartoon character. The comic strip was animated and transferred to the screen in 1927. Allthough Dinky Dog didn't stand out from the crowd, Deleo learned a lot and immediately started working on his next animated cartoon.

Back to Top

----------------------

Rufus

This time the leading character was a Kangaroo-like figure, who he called Rufus. After a year of hard work the first Rufus cartoon was screened in 1928. The audience loved it and so in 1929 Deleo created a second episode with Rufus, entitled "Bouncin' Buddy". Deleo managed to convince the director of a New York theater to show his work and the response from the audiences was phenomenal.

Back to Top

----------------------

Visual Impulse studio

From that moment on Deleo's star was rising. He founded the Visual Impulse studio and production company. During a period of five years the studio produced an output of 26 episodes of Rufus, which was amazing for that time.

Back to Top

----------------------

Trust

Unfortunately, most of the episodes have been lost. Only the first two episodes have been recovered and restored.

To make sure that these two episodes will remain preserved for viewing by future audiences, a trust has been founded in 2001 by Deleo's grandson, aptly named Raoul after his famous grandfather.

This way the legacy of Deleo will always stay alive to inspire others.

----------------------

Back to Top



| news | history | episodes | future| contact | home |

The Beginning

Dinky Dog

Rufus

Visual Impulse

Trust