Sunday, 14 August 2011
11. Yodeling Yokels (1931)
Release date: June 1931.
Directors: Hugh Harman and Rudolf Ising.
Producers: Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising and Leon Schlesinger (associate).
Starring: Johnny Murray (Bosko).
Animation: Rollin Hamilton and Norm Blackburn.
Musical Score by: Frank Marsales.
This short is more or less sort of an action-climax short where it would involve Bosko or Honey in peril, and it's also a "cutaway" short where it has two stories, and a minor, unimportant piece of a particular mouse. Let's see when we roll the review:
Bosko also uses his accordion to move to different alps, and even moving upwards to a higher alp, and the accodion lowering down to a lower alp. It's kind of a bland gag if you ask me. There is also goats, and even bears that appear to be dancing to Bosko and playing leap-frog.
Wow, I thought the whole time that Bosko was an animal lover, and that he wouldn't kill them - and yet he would shoot an owl, and blow it's feathers off. I suppose, that's because the animal was not nice to him and he thought it was okay to shoot him. Wow, that's kind of dark; and yet I thought he loved animals, and his character personality always seem to vary in different shorts - and is usually a happy chappie and (a little bit menacing), but that 's in the singing and dancing shorts, he's different in the story shorts. I wonder if Harman-Ising wrote all the shorts themselves, or had various storyguys doing different shorts, like one story guy would do the singing and dancing, and the other would to the story shorts with climaxes.
I find those cutaway scenes with a mouse pointless, and I mean it has nothing to do with alpine, or the concept of the story here. This would be better off being featured in a Merrie Melody cartoon in the future, but not for Bosko. The audience need to focus on Bosko trying to rescue Honey, and come on - I don't care about a mouse trying to score a point while putting, I'm more concerned on Bosko rescuing Honey (even though it's just a cartoon and I'm not really THAT concerned). This is sort of pointless to me, and I think it ought to be cut, although I suppose if it was cut that the whole cartoon would be too short, and Harman-Ising must add something that has nothing to do with the story.
As the dog and Bosko finally discover Honey (as she is about to fall down a waterfall), Bosko saves Honey by "extending" the dog's teeth to grab her in time, and that's a pretty useful gag, and it just goes to show that it's just a cartoon and anything could happen. Well, in a cartoon like Disney - it would have to be believable and they would use ropes.
Overall, this cartoon was not as good as the others that were improving. It's a climax short, and yet I find most of it quite boring. The beginning scenes were quite boring with the dancing going on, and the only parts that were the highlight were the climax scenes which were always exciting. The mouse scenes were really not worth being placed in that short, and they could've extended the short with something better (chances are, they couldn't think of anything better). The reused gags that usually appear to get very dull and boring, and that's why after too many of the gags - there is no original gag in this short, to be honest. I suppose what I did like was the title card with a background by it, and it's a change from the plain black background in the title cards. More or less, it wasn't a cartoon I particularly enjoyed. But oh well, maybe the next short might be better watching.
Next up: Bosko's Holiday