I’ll tell you the truth. I honestly can sit and watch the Fleischer Studios “Out of the Inkwell” series of animated shorts all morning long. Fleischer Studios created these theatrical shorts, starting out at the Bray Studios and produced for Paramount Studios from 1918 to 1920. In 1923 the Fleischer brothers created their own studio and gave name to the clown from their popular animated short films, they called him KO-KO and eventually he would be known simply as Koko.
Koko the Clown would also find his talents needed in the animated adventures of Betty Boop starting in 1931 for the Fleischer Talkartoons series. His last appearance theatrical appearance came in 1934 in the Betty Boop short entitled “Ha! Ha! Ha!”. Koko was given another shot at fame in 1958 when Max Fleischer brought the character to television for 100 episodes thanks to Hal Seeger, the famous clown was voiced by none other than Larry Storch (The Groovy Ghoulies, F-Troop).
Will Betty pick the right man? Is she working way too many jobs? How and why does this wonderfully made Bill Melendez helmed mid-80s cartoon get overlooked? Find out by watching The Romance Of Betty Boop…
After spotting Zombie Betty Boop by David DeGrand the other day, I have been on a Betty Boop watching kick. Trying to educate myself on this iconic character. Betty Boop’s Halloween Party from 1933, does not degenerate into a zombie brainfest, but it is good old fashioned Halloween fun.
Cab was dynamic and magnetic in all of his appearances on screen (the man knew how to work a camera). His work with Fleischer on these animated shorts still haunts me. “The Old Man of the Mountain” is probably the least surreal of all of them and is a real showcase for Calloway’s singing. Enjoy it.