Hiya folks - this is another review for today - Box Car Blues which isn't really much of a dancing and singing short, it's sort of a climax short. As I will complete this review, I would've finished reviewing the 1930 cartoons - and onto the 1931 cartoons where I will review the first Merrie Melodie short in the near future.
Release date: December 1930.
Directors: Hugh Harman and Rudolf Ising.
Producers: Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising and Leon Schlesinger (associate).
Starring: Johnny Murray (Bosko).
Animation: Rollin Hamilton and Carmen Maxwell.
Musical Score: Frank Marsales.
The cartoon was a nice change from the singing and dancing, that had been produced quite often. This short is somehow reminds me of a remake of Sinkin' in the Bathtub because of the repeated gags and that there's a climax involving Bosko at peril, and the fact that Honey isn't in this cartoon. I felt the scenes with Bosko and the boxcar collision scenes just went on for too long - and we never really saw much of Bosko or the pig doing gags in this cartoon. In fact, there weren't many gags in this cartoon, except for about one or two silly ones. But, most of the boxcar scenes didn't really have gags in them at all.
That's all from my review, folks - I've now completed the 1930 cartoons and now I will be going on to the 1931 cartoons.
[2014 update: With not much to go on in this cartoon, it's a kick from watching shorts with the tendencies of just bombarding the cartoons with singing and dancing. We get a song, but we get a climax. Set in a boxcar, where Bosko and a pig character are portrayed as homeless people, with a lot of the short having scenes almost identical to the Oswald cartoon Trolley Troubles, which Hugh Harman worked on himself, especially as a lot of the climax rely on perspective animation. The climax scenes occur throughout the entire second half of the cartoon, making most of the scenes appear anti-climatic, and thus the short dragged to that effect. In all fairness, the boxcar scenes are uncanny in an entertaining way, but its a Bosko short I would skip.]