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Has Anyone Here Seen Kelly? (1928)

by Nicholas Sammond

Koko the Clown leads his Koko Kwartet through a rendition of "Has Anyone Here Seen Kelly?", a British music hall song about an Irish girl who gets lost in New York and tries to find her boyfriend, Kelly. The actual animation is of Koko assembling his "Kwartet." The rest is done in sing-along fashion, with the method of the "bouncing ball" to coordinate participants through the words shown on screen. Often the "bouncing ball" is indeed a ball, though at times it is an animated figure. This method is a carryover from silent films and intertitles - the need for live music and narration, as well as audience participation. Such an animation used new techniques of animation media while calling forth familiar forms, and animating the audience itself as its participating other half.

Has Anyone Here Seen Kelly? (1928)

Koko the Clown leads his Koko Kwartet through a rendition of "Has Anyone Here Seen Kelly?", a British music hall song about an Irish girl who gets lost in New York and tries to find her boyfriend, Kelly.

from Song Car-tunes - Has Anyone Here Seen Kelly? (1928)
Creator: Max Fleischer
Posted by Nicholas Sammond
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