"All the kids love Kiko" goes the words to the series theme at the beginning of this Terrytoon. Paul Terry was looking for a new "funny animal" series with the decline of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Kiko the Kangaroo was introduced in 1936 under the aegis of Farmer Al Falfa and lasted half a dozen cartoons. Apparently not enough kids loved him.
Looking at this cartoon, one can see why. First, stylistically it is stuck in the synchronized cartoon era, a virtual silent cartoon with some matched musical effects. Kiko plays a fife and manages the two well-known pieces for that "The Girl I Left Behind Me" and "Yankee Doodle." Kiko also loves birds and protects them from the fox, but even though they bombard the creature with grapes, there's no depth to the gag, no reference to "sour grapes". The result is a cartoon that is at best mediocre and unlikely to endear Kiko to kids.
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