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Out of the Inkwell Bonus Edition

Koko the Clown Max Fleischer , Dave Fleischer Max Fleischer , Dick Huemer  |  Unrated |  DVD
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Product Details

  • Actors: Koko the Clown Max Fleischer
  • Directors: Dave Fleischer Max Fleischer, Dick Huemer, Ray Pointer (Program Producer)
  • Format: Animated, Black & White, Color, Dolby, Special Edition, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 10
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Inkwell Images
  • DVD Release Date: September 29, 2003
  • Run Time: 220 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00013A0GU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #592,675 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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" The prints are excellent...Highly Recommended!" -- Jerry Beck--Cartoon Research

Product Description

Two DVD disc set containing four separate programs.

Volume 1
The Bray Years (1919-1921)
Includes:
The Tantalizing Fly, The Chinaman, The Ouija Board, The Clown's Little Brother, Perpetual Motion, and The Automobile Ride

Volume 2
The Inkwell Studio (1921-1922)
Includes:
Modeling, Fishing, Invisible Ink, Bubbles, Flies, Jumping Beans, Bedtime, and The Puzzle.

Volume 3
The Birth of Ko-Ko (1923-1925)
Includes:
Koko In 1999, Ko-Ko The Barber, Big Chief Ko-Ko,Ko-Ko Nuts, Ko-Ko Baffles The Bulls, Ko-Ko Trains 'Em, and Ko-Ko Back Tracks.

Volume 4
Ko-Ko's Showtime (1923-1927)
Includes:
It's the Cats, False Alarm, Trip to Mars, Mother Goose Land, Cartoon Factory, Ko-Ko the Convict, Ko-Ko Needles the Boss, and Vaudeville.


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Max Fleischer's Forgotten Milestones, March 24, 2003
By David Coleman (Van Nuys, CA USA) - See all my reviews

OUT OF THE INKWELL is an award-winning look at not only the man, but even more importantly, his work. If you are new to Fleischer and/or only know him from his more famous efforts such as the 1940's Paramount Superman cartoons or perhaps GULLIVER'S TRAVELS, an animated feature that was a favorite of t.v. syndicators for decades, you will be astonished by the imagination and creative vitality on display in these early masterpieces. And if you think only Betty Boop 'toons still play without apologies today, warts and all, wait until you experience the amazingly imaginative "Inkwell" series, many collected here in one highest-quality, meticulously enhanced edition for the first time ever.
The "Out of the Inkwell" series focused on the rascally clown later called Koko. The basic set-up: Fleischer himself (along with other animators in his studio) would draw the clown using a special ink that literally and figuratively brought him to life. Rather than be a cooperative stand-in as requested, however, Koko desires to play by his own rules, frequently upsetting Fleischer's attempts to reign him in.

It's amazing how surreal and post-modern the Fleischer works are today when you truly stand back and appreciate them with the proper awe as this flick does. For example, audiences swooned when a 120+ animators brought realism to interaction between Jessica and Roger Rabbit in the 1980's, but consider: nearly 60 years previously Fleischer invented the technique.

You may think that all sounds quaint and historical, but consider today every c.g.i.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Choice for a Purchase February 11, 2007
Koko the Clown was always funny and 100 years later, he is still funny. I purchased the DVD for myself as I was introduced to Koko in the 1980's and lost the VHS. However, the DVD has been used countless times since to entertain nieces, nephews, church school classes and now Koko has made his foray onto college campuses at RIT and SUNY Brockport where he has become a Saturday night staple and somewhat of a cult figure. Go boldly into the 21st century Koko!!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ray Pointer's Greatest Masterpiece May 17, 2011
The title of my review essentially speaks the truth Ray invested a lot into this product and has an affinity for the Fleischer's work and is the undisputed expert of all things Fleischer. This package not only has added sound effects and scores to enhance the quality but the picture quality is well ahead of most other distributed/publicly seen versions of Out of the Inkwell. Even though Ray should be credited for resurrecting the classics the cartoons have to hold their own as well which they essentially do. Ray's talents for preserving classic cartoons could only do so much if the classic cartoons were mediocre. I see this set as a team-effort, have exceptional material to work with and then take the initiative to preserve it and enhance the quality with sound-effects, music, and picture quality. The annecedotes that he discusses inbetween segments are insightful but are fairly basic in comparison to what Ray really knows. Based on viewing his posting history the man himself can get a lot more intricate than what is seen on here, though it might be affiliated with not trying to go above peoples heads.

The penmanship is superb and second to none in the nineteen-twenties especially after the entrance of Dick Huemer in 1923. It is a sad state of affairs to see how much potential the brothers had and was unrealized because of how far they fell in the thirties a lot more could have materialized that didn't and this set shows what they had going for them. They were overly dependent upon Paramount who was more interested in commercially exploiting them than allowing them to artistically progress. One wonders if the cold personality of Adolph Zukor had watched these shorts collectively he might have had a change of heart and allow the Fleischer's to grow.
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