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The Clown causes trouble for the Cartoonist, and a sculptor using the studio, when he escapes from his backdrop and hides in the wet clay of a bust.


Dave Fleischer


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Max Fleischer ... Cartoonist (uncredited)


A man with a huge hooked nose enters the Fleischer studios to have his bust sculpted. Meanwhile, across the studio, Max is animating Koko. When he's called over to consult on the too-accurate bust, Koko gets mischievous and creates his own drawings. He then escapes and crawls inside the clay bust, eventually wriggling off like an inchworm. He gets into a fight with the man being modeled, both of them flinging wads of clay. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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October 1921 (USA) See more »

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Out of the Inkwell Films See more »
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Clown: Why don'tcha use fresh ink when you draw me? I've got no more pep than a snail under ether.
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Another Amazing 'Out Of The Inkwell' Cartoons
6 October 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This "out of the inkwell" silent cartoon and it certainly is different. It's also extremely good, as most of them were. You can't believe something 85 years old on film could still be this entertaining!

You get a two live-action stories mixed in with an animated character who you see created by one of the two artists. Max Fleischer draws Koko The Clown "out of the inkwell" and tries to put some life into him, creating an ice skating rink and putting skates on him.

Meanwhile, an unnamed sculptor (his brother Dave?) is creating a clay bust for a subject who doesn't like it because it looks exactly like him! The man has a huge nose and apparently is a bit self-conscious about it.

What ensues is remarkable stuff, which must have stunned audiences in 1921, really clever material that goes from animation to real-life, back and forth with so many things happening it would take the whole page here to explain it....but it's all good.

The only thing missing which would have made it better is some sound, namely sound- effects. This whole thing is in dead silence and could use a little beefing up with a kazoo or any instrument. This was one of the "From the vault" extra features from disc 3 on the "Popeye The Sailor Man Volume One DVD set

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