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[[caption-width-right:230:Koko The Clown, pictured here with creator Max Fleischer.]]

''Out of the Inkwell'' was a major series of animated cartoons from TheSilentAgeOfAnimation and the earliest days of TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation, produced by [[Creator/MaxAndDaveFleischer Max Fleischer]] from 1918 to 1929. The series was the result of three short experimental films that Max Fleischer independently produced in the period of 1914-1916 to demonstrate his invention, the [[{{Rotoscoping}} Rotoscope]], which was a device consisting of a film projector and easel used as an aid for achieving realistic movement for animated cartoons.

A quick history of this series can be found on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Out_of_the_Inkwell this article]], courtesy of {{Wikipedia}}.

Compare Creator/WaltDisney's own live action/animation blending cartoons, the WesternAnimation/AliceComedies, as well as Creator/WalterLantz's DinkyDoodle.
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[[folder: Theatrical Cartoon Filmography]]

!'''The Creator/BrayStudios Years (1918-1920)'''

* Electric Bell (1918)
* Experiment No. 1 (1918)
* Experiment No. 2 (1919)
* Experiment No. 3 (1919)
* The Clown's Pup (1919)
* The Tantalizing Fly (1919)
* Slides (1919)
* The Boxing Kangaroo (1920)
* The Chinaman (1920)
* The Circus (1920)
* The Ouija Board (1920)
* The Clown's Little Brother (1920)
* Poker (1920)
* Perpetual Motion (1920)
* The Restaurant (1920)
* Cartoonland (1921)
* The Automobile Ride (1921)

!1921-1926

* Modeling (1921)
* Fishing (1921)
* Invisible Ink (1921)
* The Fish (1922)
* The Dresden Doll (1922)
* The Mosquito (1922)
* Bubbles, Flies (1922)
* Pay Day (1922)
* The Hypnotist (1922)
* The Challenge (1922)
* The Show (1922)
* The Reunion (1922)
* The Birthday (1922)
* Jumping Beans (1923)
* Surprise (1923)
* The Puzzle (1923)
* Trapped (1923)
* The Battle (1923)
* False Alarm (1923)
* Balloons (1923)
* The Fortune Teller (1923)
* Shadows (1923)
* Bed Time (1923)
* The Laundry (1924)
* Masquerade (1924)
* The Cartoon Factory (1924)
* Mother Gooseland (1924)
* A Trip To Mars (1924)
* A Stitch in Time (1924)
* Clay Town (1924)
* The Runaway (1924)
* Vacation (1924)
* Vaudeville (1924)
* League of Nations (1924)
* Sparring Partners (1924)
* The Cure (1924)
* Koko the Hot Shot (1925)
* Koko the Barber (1925)
* Big Chief Koko (1925)
* The Storm (1925)
* Koko Trains 'Em (1925)
* Koko Sees Spooks (1925)
* Koko Celebrates the Fourth (1925)
* Koko Nuts (1925)
* Koko on the Run (1925)
* Koko Packs 'Em (1925)
* Koko Eats (1925)
* Koko's Thanksgiving (1925)
* Koko Steps Out (1925)
* Koko in Toyland (1925)
* My Bonnie September (1925)
* Koko's Paradise (1926)
* Koko Baffles the Bulls (1926)
* It's the Cats (1926)
* Koko at the Circus (1926)
* Toot Toot (1926)
* Koko Hot After It (1926)
* The Fadeaway (1926)
* Koko's Queen (1926)
* Koko Kidnapped (1926)
* Koko the Convict (1926)
* Koko Gets Egg-Cited (1926)

!Inkwell Imps (1927-1929)

* Koko Back Tracks (1927)
* Koko Makes 'Em Laugh (1927)
* Koko in 1999 (1927)
* Koko the Kavalier (1927)
* Koko Needles the Boss (1927)
* Ko-Ko Plays Pool (1927)
* Ko-Ko's Kane (1927)
* Ko-Ko the Knight (1927)
* Ko-Ko Hops Off (1927)
* Ko-Ko the Kop (1927)
* Ko-Ko Explores (1927)
* Ko-Ko Chops Suey (1927)
* Ko-Ko's Klock (1927)
* Ko-Ko's Quest (1927)
* Ko-Ko the Kid (1927)
* Ko-Ko's Kink (1928)
* Ko-Ko's Kozy Korner (1928)
* Ko-Ko's Germ Jam (1928)
* Ko-Ko's Bawth (1928)
* Ko-Ko Smokes (1928)
* Ko-Ko's Tattoo (1928)
* [[KokosEarthControl Ko-Ko's Earth Control]] (1928): Runner-up on The50GreatestCartoons.
* Ko-Ko's Hot Dog (1928)
* Ko-Ko's Haunted House (1928)
* Ko-Ko's Lamp Aladdin (1928)
* Ko-Ko Squeals (1928)
* Ko-Ko's Field Daze (1928)
* Ko-Ko Goes Over (1928)
* Ko-Ko's Catch (1928)
* Ko-Ko's War Dogs (1928)
* Ko-Ko's Chase (1928)
* Ko-Ko Heaves Ho (1928)
* Ko-Ko's Big Pull (1928)
* Ko-Ko Cleans Up (1928)
* Ko-Ko's Parade (1928)
* Ko-Ko's Dog Gone (1928)
* Ko-Ko in the Rough (1928)
* Ko-Ko's Magic (1928)
* Ko-Ko on the Track (1928)
* Ko-Ko's Act (1928)
* Ko-Ko's Courtship (1928)
* No Eyes Today (1929)
* Noise Annoys Ko-Ko (1929)
* Ko-Ko Beats Time (1929)
* Ko-Ko's Reward (1929)
* Ko-Ko's Hot Ink (1929)
* Ko-Ko's Crib (1929)
* Ko-Ko's Saxophonies (1929)
* Ko-Ko's Knock Down (1929)
* Ko-Ko's Signals (1929)
* Ko-Ko's Conquest (1929)
* Ko-Ko's Focus (1929)
* Ko-Ko's Harem Scarum (1929)
* Ko-Ko's Big Sale (1929)
* Ko-Ko's Hypnotism (1929)
* Chemical Ko-Ko (1929)
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!!Tropes:
* ArtEvolution: Happened as the animation relied less and less on rotoscoping.
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: Ko-Ko in "Bed Time".
* [[BatmanCanBreatheInSpace Max Fleischer Can Breathe In Space]]: In "A Trip to Mars".
* BreakoutCharacter: Ko-Ko, along with Bimbo of the {{Talkartoons}} series, would later become a recurring sidekick to BettyBoop.
* TheCameo: Appears as a throwaway gag in the Betty Boop short "MinnieTheMoocher", before he became a recurring star of the series.
* ClipShow: "Koko's Thanksgiving" is likely the TropeMaker. It features clips from several earlier cartoons (such as "A Trip To Mars" and "The Cure") bookended with a FramingDevice of Koko trying to get some turkey.
* DerangedAnimation: A Fleischer staple, this trope is very prominent in these cartoons.
* DontTouchItYouIdiot: On "Ko-Ko's Earth Control" Ko-Ko and Fitz find the Earth's control center and Fitz ''really'' wants to pull the lever that [[SelfDestructMechanism destroys the whole world]].
* FollowTheLeader: Walt Disney's "Alice Comedies" are essentially an inverted version of these cartoons.
* TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: The TV Koko cartoons are pretty much impossible to find.
* MissingEpisode: Several of the cartoons seem to be lost.
* NonIronicClown: Koko.
* PublicDomainAnimation: All of the original cartoons have slipped into the PublicDomain.
* RogerRabbitEffect: While not the first example (''WesternAnimation/GertieTheDinosaur'' did it first), ''Out of the Inkwell'' certainly is one of the finest examples.
* {{Rotoscoping}}: The TropeMaker, TropeNamer ''and'' (possibly) TropeCodifier.
* TheSilentAgeOfAnimation
* ThickLineAnimation: The early cartoons were undoubtably influenced by the artwork of early Newspaper Comics.
* TypewriterEating: Provides the page image.
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