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Uncensored Bosko #1
Image Entertainment is proud to present a cartoon treasure, Warner Brothers' very first--an most musical--cartoon star, Bosko! Created by Hugh Harman and Rudolf Ising, Bosko made his debut in 1929 and retired from Warner Brothers in the summer of '33. These peppy musical shorts were also the first cartoons distributed by the legendary Leon Schlesinger. Animation fans can rejoice, Bosko lives on in the first of two DVD compilations mastered from the finest materials available. Long Live, Bosko! Includes: Bosko the Talk-Ink Kid, Congo Jazz, Big Man from the North, Ups 'N Downs, Yodeling Yokels, The Tree's Knees, Bosko the Doughboy, Bosko's Fox Hunt, Battling Bosko, Sinking in the Bathtub, Hold Anything, Box Car Blues, Ain't Nature Grand, Dumb Patrol.
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In addition, these were the first "Looney Toons" made by Warner Brothers. Bosko is the first character to have said "That's all folks!" at the end of a Looney Tune (Porky Pig took his place later). These cartoons plant some seeds for what would become the classic 40's Looney Tunes with Bugs Bunny and Daffy, et al. As the precursor to these classic toons, Bosko is important.
On the other hand, these are definitely cartoons from the 1930s. Musicals were HUGE then, and these cartoons are mostly musical in content. Of course, so were a lot of the early Mickey Mouse and Betty Boop cartoons. That was entertainment then. Nonetheless, the animation carries a lot of the show even today. They are still entertaining in their own way. If you enjoy music from the 20s and 30s (including the usual ubiquitous Jolson hits) then you'll be doubly happy.
Then there's the biggest reason we can tell they're from the 1930s: ethnic caricatures. In the first toon, "Bosko the Talk-Ink Kid", Bosko's voice is without doubt a caricature of an African-American boy. Then there's the undeniable fact, while watching "Congo Jazz", that the playful monkeys and apes have a striking resemblance to Bosko. Bosko's girlfriend is also without doubt a caricature (she also shares a lot of the characteristics of Minnie Mouse).Read more ›
The minimal film dirt and scratches along with mono sound add much charachter to these treasured classics. Some, but not all of the openings show Buddy, Porky Pig and Daffy Duck While the producer credit goes to Leon Schesinger. The problem with this is that these cartoons were made between the years 1929-1933. Buddy wasn't created until 1934, porky wasn't until 1935 and Daffy didn't come out until 1937! Infact, the drawing of Porky Pig on the Title card is circa 1940!The producer's credit should be to Harmon and Ising not Leon, although he was their boss at that time. This is due to editing them for syndication in the 1950s, however the entire cartoon is completely intact! I would suggest to anyone interested in good classic humor to buy this one while they can, because unfortunately Bosko is almost unknown today and I am uncertain how long this great buy will be available. I am a theatre organist myself who still plays the great movie palace WurliTzer pipe organs from a bygone era, this DVD will be a fun adventure in time to a simpler place when America was prospering the most ever and then thru the Depression. I think anyone young or old will be greatly entertained by these cartoons..and btw Adults take a look for some of the grown up humor , I don't think you will see that on newer cartoons, you will be surprised! Enjoy
The DVD starts with a unique find: the pilot film that was made to showcase Bosko as an all-talking cartoon star and to attract distribution from movie studios. It is a short live action/animated film, co-starring Bosko's co-creator Rudolph Ising. The audio quality is VERY primitive (it was made in 1929, 2 years after talking pictures were born!), with Bosko sounding different to his latter Mickey Mouse-type voice!
The first official cartoon, Sinkin' In The Bathtub, is also included. The cartoon has a lack of a story, but is very musical (so it should be, as sound was a novelty back then!) and very Disney-esque! This was to be the trend for the forthcoming Bosko cartoons, although all of the cartoons are enjoyable.
The DVD only ranks four stars in my opinion, as the cartoons are from the public domain, with lots of grain and print damage (although they are still watchable), with the beginning and end titles being replaced to hide the Warner Brothers logo (Warner did sell them off in the 1950's, but regained them in the late 1960's). To be fair, Bosko Video is providing a service to fans of classic american animation, and the chances of Warner Brothers releasing a DVD of pristine Bosko cartoons are virtually non-existant. This is the best we are ever going to get, and it's still an essential purchase for animation addicts everywhere!
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Bosko is a great cartoon character, but the Warner Brothers Studio stopped making him in 1934. When Foxy and Roxy did the first Merrie
Melodie bosko had stopped being made,... Read more
The list of cartoons for the second volume of the Looney Tunes Golden Collection was recently announced, and it will include two black-and-white cartoons. Read morePublished on June 20 2004 by D
This is a must for any LOONEY collectors. It is great to have the old cartoons!Published on Nov. 13 2003
Warner Bros. has all the Bosko cartoons and won't let anybody show them on telivision! Why? Because they think Bosko is a offensive to black people! Read morePublished on Aug. 26 2003