Dedicated no notes readers will recall Koko, the clown: He’s of interest to me because he appeared in the Max Fleischer Betty Boop cartoon that featured “SJI.” But he’s of interest to Retro Thing because of his role in a five-minute cartoon that the blog says does exactly what the blockbuster 2012 wants to do — but better, more quickly, and without the bulging budget.
Koko the Clown and his dog Fitz circumnavigate the globe to find the control center for all the earth. A mischievous Fitz can’t leave well enough alone, even betraying animated “reality” to bring about a Fleischer fueled cataclysm. The last minute has some great real-world animation that folks would refer to as “Gilliam-esque” just a few decades too early. If you’ve never seen Koko, this animated end of days is one of his best silents. Who said that psychedelic insanity needs to be in color?
It’s actually fantastic. I hope you have five spare minutes to enjoy it.