Saturday, May 31, 2014

"Ha Ha Ha" with Betty Boop and Ko Ko the Clown (1934)

It’s hard to believe that this cartoon was once banned for drug use, but it was. In this hysterical classic, Max Fleischer is shown drawing Betty on the board, finishing just in time to quit, and leaving her alone on a blank canvas. Just as you begin to feel sad for her, out pops Koko from the ink bottle, where he was due to arrive at any time, but he just can’t wait to get out! 

When he tries a bite of Max Fleischer's half eaten candy bar, he quickly learns that life is sometimes not as sweet as it first tastes. But, Betty is there to rescue him. Jumping from the canvas out into the real world of Max Fleischer’s desk, she quickly uses the cartoonist’s own tools in a very clever bid to help her friend Koko. When the whole scheme falls apart it has some unintended consequences for the whole world!

This is one of those old cartoons which still make me laugh out loud. No gas required...

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