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The Clown's Pup 1919
Bray Studios
 featuring The Clown, Puppies,
  • Live-Action Characters: Max Fleischer.

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    Comments by: Rating: 6 out of 10 stars Posted: November 25, 2001
    THE CLOWN'S PUP was the first release of Max Fleischer's landmark series, OUT OF THE INKWELL, produced at the Bray Studio. The series was then part of a Screen Magazine reel called the Bray-Paramount Pictograph, consisting of a newsreel, fashion show, and cartoon.

    In this initial entry, Max Fleischer is seen drawing the clown in outline from the waist up. He draws three ovals off to the right that float magically to their position as the clown's pom-pom buttons. He then draws a squiggly line that the clown places at the bottom of the page and pulls like a string, forming is feet and legs. He is then inked in full, and complains about his legs, dropping his pant to reveal a pair of skinny legs and a frilly lady's foundation garment sporting garters the hold up stockings on the clown's legs. Max quickly covers this with his hand, scolding the clown that he is inviting trouble with the censors.

    Max now draws a portly little pit bull and the clown draws a duplicate. The dogs fight, and Max must return everything to the inkwell, only to go back to the drawing board and try again.
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