Well, Well, Well… #socs

Today’s prompt is “well,” and I can think of two things I can write about.


Wellbutrin (bupropion) (source)

One of them is bupropion, the generic version of the antidepressant Wellbutrin. I’ve been taking it for over ten years, even before I had the stroke. In fact, I was in the process of changing over from bupropion to fluoxetine (Prozac) when I had the stroke, and they switched me back. My depression was getting worse a few years ago and my doctor doubled my dose, where I take it twice a day rather than once, and I felt better. So I guess it’s working.

The other thing is a series of cartoons called Out Of The Inkwell, starring Koko the Clown, or as he was named originally, Ko-Ko. Koko was the invention of Max Fleischer, who needed a cartoon to demonstrate his new invention, the Rotoscope, which allows the cartoonist to base his drawings on live action. Koko was based on Max’s brother Dave, who put on a clown costume and performed for the camera. Max then did his drawings and the rest was history. Here’s one from 1924 called “A Trip To Mars.” Yes, it’s a silent…

Fleischer’s cartoons (besides Koko, there was Betty Boop, Popeye, and Bimbo, Betty’s dog/boyfriend) were not for kids, and some of the early Betty Boop cartoons were rather risqué and banned for various reasons. An example is “HA! HA! HA!” She shares the bill with Koko, and the two of them get high together on laughing gas…

They revived Koko in the late Fifties and made 100 new cartoons, in color, with sound, in 1960-61. When WFLD in Chicago started showing cartoons in the afternoon, they showed the new Kokos, because WGN had all the good cartoons.

Fleischer was a genius, and his Rotoscope is still being used, albeit in a more modern form. Ralph Bakshi used it in many of his productions, it was used by the animators of the Peanuts classic It’s The Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown, and it’s been used a lot since then.


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Author: John Holton

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30 thoughts on “Well, Well, Well… #socs”

  1. These cartoons were so much fun to watch. I almost wonder if the person(s) who drew the first one with the clown smoked a few fun cigs:j. Betty Boop were so huge back then and she has made quite the revival.

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    1. It wouldn’t surprise me. Fleischer’s cartoons influenced the likes of Ralph Bakshi, R. Crumb and probably many more of the “underground comix” artists. I have no idea what modern artists will do with Betty Boop. The early cartoons were almost anarchic and sometimes made little sense, which is what makes them so much fun to watch. I wonder if they’d try and capture that?

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  2. What a fun post this morning! Clowns usually creep me out but Koko didn’t at all. I loved when the one hair on his head turned into a stick figure and started dancing. And it was cool how his clothes wrinkled up and down.
    Funny that the Betty Boop one was banned for “drug use”. It was very creative — I really liked watching how all the inanimate objects came to life and started laughing all over town — the cemetery headstones especially and the bridge.
    Good stuff today John!

    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. Fleischer was really creative, and since cartoons were not for children in the early days (it wasn’t until the TV Age where cartoons became children’s entertainment), he was free to get into adult topics like drug use and sex (Betty Boop was quite the little tart in the early cartoons). He did one based on Cab Calloway’s “Minnie The Moocher” that featured Betty running away from home and getting into all sorts of trouble. Some afternoon when you aren’t doing anything else, they’re great entertainment.

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  3. Lol banned for drug use is funny. I guess that means no one should go to the dentist either or they become a drug addict? My husband was prescribed Wellbutrin to help him stop smoking. He takes one or two a day as well. Glad it helps you.

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    1. Or they want you to have dental work without any sort of anesthetic for fear you’ll get addicted. 25 years ago, my stepfather went into the hospital for the last time (he died within a week), and they were afraid to give him too much morphine because it would raise red flags with the DEA. Poor man was in agony until they put him on a drip.

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  4. I appreciate so much that you wrote about taking Wellbutrin. Takes the stigma away. Eases my own guilt a bit too.
    I like that you always post a commercial. I could swear I have seen the Folgers one before but doing the math, there is no way I would remember it. Maybe in re-runs? Commercial re-runs like the Norelco commercial they replay every holiday season.

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    1. I never saw any stigma in taking antidepressants. I have high blood pressure, I take meds for that; why shouldn’t I take meds for the depression, too? I think the stigma has gone away as we understand better that these are actual medical conditions that can be controlled with medication. But some of the old “only crazy people take meds” prejudice still lingers.

      Glad you like the ads. I think the Folger’s ad was around in the early 60’s and every time there was a new instant, they’d update it, but it was basically the same. So you might have seen a later version of it.

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      1. Agree and thanks again. Next time someone says to power through or just get over it, I’ll ignore them like I do now. Best to consider the source instead of letting what “they” say affect me.

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  5. I had no idea these things had been banned, so I appreciate the education.
    The Mister tried to take Wellbutrin to quit smoking a long long time ago. It did keep him from smoking but it made him unwell otherwise, so that was a no. I’m glad it works for you. I wonder if one day we’ll have blood markers to better tailor the medicine to the person. So much trial and error.

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    1. I think the switch from Wellbutrin to Prozac might have been one of the contributing factors with my stroke, but I can’t be sure. I wonder if at some point they might use nanotechnology to treat depression. The switching between medications to find what works seems too hit-and-miss.

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    2. We are closer than you think. My son was suckered into having a DNA test done in an attempt to get his meds right for a stomach issue. I say suckered only because despite being told insurance would cover it, insurance didn’t. Several thousand dollars later he has a list of meds compatible to his DNA. They have a red, yellow, green approach. Red never take, yellow use caution and green works well/best. He jokes the test was the most expensive toilet paper he ever purchased. Turns out his initial diagnosis was wrong.

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