Koko’s Haunted House (1928)

KOKO’S HAUNTED HOUSE (1928)
Article 4151 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 2-8-2013
Directed by Dave Fleischer
Cast unknown
Country: USA
What it is: Animated short

One animator steals an inkwell from another, and turns it into a haunted house. The second animator draws KoKo the clown and sends him out to investigate the house. KoKo deals with ghosts while the first animator tries to remove the unwanted guest from the house.

This is a pretty amusing short from the “Out of the Inkwell” series of cartoons by Max and Dave Fleischer; I’m assuming that’s Max and Dave as the animators. It’s basically an animation duel between the two, with KoKo being a pawn in their game. There are fun moments throughout, including some experiments with chalk animation that recall moments from the work of Emile Cohl. Lots of skeletons and ghosts pop up, and the final moments (in which a whole army of KoKos are created) feature various items around the office coming to life. This one is pretty decent for its time.

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