Memory Lane: Koko the Clown

Remember Koko the Clown? A real blast from the past! These cartoons were from the 1920s and 30s, but were still being shown on TV in the Fifties. This one features the voice of Cab Calloway singing the lugubrious St. James Infirmary Blues.

Max Fleischer, better known for Betty Boop and Popeye, created these cartoons. Amazing animation was produced by drawing the figures over film clips of real people moving around. It must’ve cost a fortune, for its time. I haven’t watched any cartoons lately, but the ones I saw ten years ago or so couldn’t compare with these for quality.

Yes, in my early life there was a weekday afternoon cartoon show hosted by Uncle Fred Sales (who also hosted pro wrestling, providing off-camera sound effects by cracking his knuckles), featuring mostly Farmer Grey cartoons and Terrytoons, but with a sprinkling of Koko specimens.

Was I a better person for having seen all these. Not likely. But they kept me too busy to play with matches.

3 comments on “Memory Lane: Koko the Clown

  1. I vaguely remember this. I probably have seen it before just don’t remember the exact age I was. I didn’t know it was as old as it is. Kind of a cool cartoon.

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