Out of the Inkwell Series - 1922
Out of the Inkwell Films
Run time 4:47
In this very early Koko film, a live-action Max and an animated Koko engage in a raucous bubble blowing competition. Notably, the Fleischer trade-mark surrealism is already highly prominent in this film, as is the novel and creative mix of live action with animation.
Most interesting about these early Koko films is how heavily they used Max's patented rotoscope invention to create the life-like movements of Koko. Some later Koko films did not use rotoscoping this extensively.
By the way, although we call him Koko, in reality our clown had not yet acquired his name. In 1922 he was still being referred to as 'the clown' or 'Fleischer's clown.’ Actual filming likely took place in the Fleischer's first real 'studio' space, a small basement apartment in mid-town Manhattan.