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Inklings, Issue 12 (1925)
Production Co.: Inkwell Studios/Red Seal Pictures Corp. Director/Animator: Dave Fleischer. Transfer Note: Copied at 24 frames per second from a 35mm print preserved by the Museum of Modern Art. New Music: Original score composed by Fred Steiner. Performed by Frederick Harris, Jr (conductor), Dawn Perlner (violin), Elizabeth Connors (clarinet), Jimmy Leach (trumpet), Reid Jorgensen (percussion), and Kyle Hoepner (piano). Running Time: 6 minutes.
The pun in the title Inklings—suggesting both simple drawings and emerging ideas—matches the witty optical illusions in the films themselves. The director and lead animator of the series, Dave Fleischer, had a contentious relationship with his older brother Max, who received more credit and onscreen publicity for their Out of the Inkwell films. Inklings was an effort by Dave to go it alone. The series’ modest brilliance has been completely forgotten in animation histories.
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