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The Clown's Little Brother (1920)

Koko the Clown's little brother comes to visit and wreaks havoc in Max Fleischer's studio.




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Koko the Clown's little brother comes to visit and wreaks havoc in Max Fleischer's studio.

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6 July 1920 (USA)  »

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Who's Better? Koko Or The Kid?
7 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I like these Max Fleischer written and directed silent animated shorts and think many of them were extremely clever. I am grateful that many of them have been included on the Popeye The Sailor Man DVDs in the last couple of years. Max liked to feature "Koko the Clown" and often featured him interacting with the cartoonist in his studio, mixing animated and real-life. That's the case here, too.

In this one, Koko's little relative comes to visit him and the two clowns have a contest on who is the better magician, juggler and acrobat. The little kid wins every time with some amazing stunts.

At the end, Koko goes off the "page" and plays patty-cake with a real-life cat. The cartoons ends with the customary inkwell scene as Max, who had been away, comes back into the office just in time to see the ink spill on the floor.

These "out of the inkwell" cartoons are good stuff, but you have to get used to seeing a cartoon with no sound. If you can get by that, you'll enjoy ones like this.

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