The Clown’s Little Brother (1920)

J.R. Bray Studios
Directed by:
 Dave Fleischer

Cat Out of the Bag Alert!  This review contains some spoilers for this film!

Synopsis: In this short from the Out of the Inkwell series, Koko the Clown’s little brother comes to visit and shows up his older sibling, doing better and fancier tricks and tumbles.

Kitty Cameo: As is usual with these shorts that combine live action with animated characters, Max Fleischer is seen drawing Koko at his drawing board. The postman arrives and hands Max several pieces of mail, then reaches into his pouch to retrieve a gray tabby kitten.

The Clown's Little Brother - Max Fleischer receiving gray tabby kitten from postman

The kitten has a paper around its middle as if it has been sent by mail to Max, but no explanation is given.

The Clown's Little Brother - Max Fleischer with gray tabby kitten on desk

Max places the kitten on the floor and it doesn’t show up again until Koko the Clown tumbles from the drawing board to land on the cat’s back.

The Clown's Little Brother - Koko the Clown on gray tabby kitten's back

The kitten takes off and Koko is hanging on to its tail.

The Clown's Little Brother - Koko the Clown hanging onto gray tabby kitten's tail

The Clown's Little Brother - Koko the Clown landing on kitten's back

Koko drops off the kitten, who runs out the door and meets Max by the elevator before wandering away.

The Clown's Little Brother - gray tabby kitten running for door

The Clown's Little Brother - gray tabby kitten waiting by elevator

Final Mewsings: Now that’s what we call a special delivery!


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