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).
While Superman is not my favorite superhero I’ve always been a huge fan of the Fleischer Studios Superman shorts from back in the 1940s. A local station that I could pick up on my little black and white television in my youth used to run a few of the shorts in between Saturday Morning cartoons.
Now take a look at this fantastic artwork by Des Taylor from his DesPop Blog!
I love how it looks almost like a screen capture from one of the animated shorts. Check out this awesome Rocketeer illustration that he did as well!
Des: “A special commission for a Rocketeer fan that bought my Vesha Valentine book this year.
Had some great comments at San Diego comicon with this piece.”
Take time to follow that link up top to the DesPop blog and prepare to be amazed!
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.