Ha! Ha! Ha!
Posted: November 26, 2004
Ah Ah Ah!
Another gem from the brilliant and subversive Fleischer mind. This is one of the "Out of the Inkwell" scenarios, and Ko-Ko emerges with a throbbing toothache after snacking on Max's leftover candybar. Betty draws a dentist's office and applies some mean pliers to Koko's jaw. When she applies some laughing gas the scene degenerates into a depraved hysteria, with the gas leaking out into the real" world and transmogrifying not only people but cars, mailboxes, and tombstones (!) into shrieking laughers. The technique here is terrific, with Max applying animation to actual photographed subjects -- making a photographic image of a bridge or mailbox etc. distort, smile, quake with laughter.
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Ha! Ha! Ha!
Posted: January 18, 2003
Out of the Inkwell, into the Dentist's Chair
This entry revisits the format of Max Fleischer's landmark of the silent era, OUT FO THE INKWELL. In this one, Uncle Max is just finishing a drawing of Betty as the clock "cuckoos" five o'clock--quitting time. Max bids "good night" to Betty. Once Max is out of the offfice,
Koko the Clown pops out of the inkwell and starts prowling around the desk. He sees an unwrapped Hershey bar, and scoops up some of the chocolate, licking it from his finger. He then breaks off a corner the size of a huge slice of cake and proceeds to eat with gusto. Suddenly his jaw swells, and he has a tooth ache. Betty jumps off her paper and grabbing Max's pen, she quickly sketches a dentist's office. Her attempts to pull the tooth become an attempt at a comic Apache dance that leads to no result. Betty then Gives Koko Laughing Gas. Koko bursts into hysterics and drops the mask, which continues to pump the gas into the room, causing Betty to laugh and sing. The gas continues to fill the room, and various objects such as the clock and typewriter start laughing. The gas continues outdoors and buildings, mailboxes, cars, a bridge, and people start laughing. The gas then drifts oer a cemetary, and event he headstones burst into laughter. Back to Max's office, Betty and Koko jump into the inkwell still in hysterics, and the inkwell joins in on the laugh fest, then collapses, running out of breath.
The very oddness of the concept makes this entertaining, not to mention the fantastic effects animation of the gas.
This is a remake of sorts of the OUT OF THE INKWELL silent, THE CURE (1924).
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