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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 UsefulNotes/TheSilentAgeOfAnimation and the earliest days of UsefulNotes/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.

The series was popular enough to get its own Sunday comic feature, syndicated by Hearst, in 1934, but it only lasted four weeks.

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

Compare Creator/WaltDisney's own live action/animation blending cartoons, the WesternAnimation/AliceComedies, as well as Creator/WalterLantz's WesternAnimation/DinkyDoodle.
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!!Out of the Inkwell shorts with TV Tropes pages:

* WesternAnimation/KokosEarthControl

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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)
* [[WesternAnimation/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 In "A Trip to Mars".
* BreakoutCharacter: Ko-Ko, along with Bimbo of the WesternAnimation/{{Talkartoons}} series, would later become a recurring sidekick to BettyBoop.
* TheCameo: Appears as a throwaway gag in the Betty Boop short "WesternAnimation/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]].
* 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 {{Trope Maker|s}}, {{Trope Namer|s}} ''and'' (possibly) TropeCodifier.
* ThickLineAnimation: The early cartoons were undoubtably influenced by the artwork of early Newspaper Comics.
* TypewriterEating: Provides the page image.
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