Monday, 15 August 2011
12. Bosko's Holiday (1931)
Release date: July 1931.
Directors: Hugh Harman and Rudolf Ising.
Producers: Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising and Leon Schlesinger (associate).
Starring: Johnny Murray (Bosko).
Animation: Isadore Freleng and Paul Smith.
Musical Score by: Frank Marsales.
This is the first cartoon where the title card had Bosko's name in it, and since then all the remaining cartoons (asides The Tree's Knees) the rest of the Bosko cartoons would be named like (Bosko at the Zoo, Bosko's Soda Fountain, Battling Bosko, etc.) and this was also the turning point when the singing and dancing in Looney Tunes were no longer in the Bosko shorts when there was more story coming along. The "singing and dancing" shorts would come along in the sister show Merrie Melodies (which would have been expected to be first released on August 1931, a month after Bosko's Holiday).
The clock itself, tries to wake up Bosko by bringing a bell out of his head and shaking it hard with bell sounds to wake up Bosko, but Bosko is still sleeping heavily and can't hear a sound. The alarm clock also tries to wake Bosko up by holding onto a hairbrush and hitting his "bedpan". Much to the annoyance and frustration of the telephone and the clock, the clock uses one of his pointy clock hands to jab Bosko in the bottom and Bosko finally wakes by feeling something.
The dialogue between Bosko and Honey on the phone, the voices sound like children in recording booths that can't read their lines very well. Oh, just as I found out upon my research, Rochelle Hudson was only about 14/15 when she recorded her lines for Honey in this cartoon and obviously was a child. Johnny Murray, I have no idea when he was born and I don't know if he was an adult putting on a silhouette voice, or a child actor. If anyone has more information on Johnny Murray (the regular actor on Bosko, before being taken over by Carmen Maxwell), please make a note in my blog.
So, while Bosko is in the car, and it appears that the car is doing the driving while Bosko isn't doing anything. Bosko picks out his banjo, and plays some tunes in there, and while one of the strings loosened, and he replaces the strings by pulling out a mouse's tail which is an ornament in the car. The mouse comes to life, and is angered by Bosko's treatment of the mouse. As soon as Bosko arrives at Honey's house, the banjo strings comes off and then tries again to pull the mouse's tail off, but the mouse walks off in time and blows a raspberry to Bosko and walks off.
As Honey's dog is sniffing the exhaust pipe and even biting part of the wheel, the dog produces a lot of helium and is now a balloon-shaped dog. Gee, does that sound familiar from a gag like that in Hold Anything? Well, Bosko bursts the dog and is now shaped like a bursted balloon before going back to its normal shape. I guess that gag is useful enough and not reused.
There is an interesting story that I want to bring up. About two years ago, I was on a different cruise and there was a British actress named Sue Holderness and she mentioned that dogs often "ruin the show". The dog licking Honey in the bottom is one of the reasons that ruined Bosko's moments, and that they can ruin the show. I think that this is what the cartoon is supposed to be about, and that dogs do tend to ruin the show.
What's I've noticed throughout this cartoon is that the gags were reused, true. But also parts of the animation was reused. It was slightly better than Yodeling Yokels, and the gags like the telephone and clock gags were original I suppose, but they were still part of the gags where objects come to life, that was used all the time in Harman-Ising cartoons. The most interesting part of that cartoon was the ending part, because like I said, "dogs do ruin the show" - well, cartoon dogs with a personality and character wouldn't always ruin the show, but pet ones do though, you know what I mean.