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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