Wednesday, 31 August 2011
22. Bosko's Fox Hunt (1931)
Release date: December 12, 1931.
Series: Looney Tunes.
Directed by: Hugh Harman.
Producers: Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising and Leon Schlesinger (associate).
Starring: Johnny Murray (Bosko).
Animation: Rollin Hamilton and Norm Blackburn.
Musical Score by: Frank Marsales.
There is now a chase sequence between Bruno and the fox, in which the fox chances directions to where he's running, mostly up and down. The fox also circles himself like a loop (also used in a chase sequence like Ain't Nature Grand). At one point, Bruno has lost the fox (whilst hiding in the trees), Bruno starts to use his snout to track down the fox, at one point; he sniffs a tree root, but the tree grows legs and kicks Bruno in the face. The fox laughs at Bosko being kicked, so Bruno continues the chase after spotting the fox pop out again.
Bosko spots the fox with his eyes, but the fox knows that Bosko has a shotgun, so the fox hides in his foxhole. Bosko knows that the fox is inside, and he sticks his shotgun down the foxhole. The fox notices that the gun is pointing at him, so he pulls the gun out into the other hole pointing at Bosko's rear, causing Bosko to fire and the bullets shooting him in the fanny. Bosko screams in agony, and cries "I'll get you!"
I didn't really think too much of this cartoon, except I felt that the cartoon wasn't really about much about the first three minutes of it, until when the Bosko finally starts hunting the fox. It feels that the beginning felt slow because maybe Hugh Harman wanted to add more time, as it probably was an overall short cartoon while presented.
I find it very interesting that in years later, there would be two cartoons that would be similar: Porky's Duck Hunt and Porky's Hare Hunt, but those characters in there being "hunted" would later become very famous Looney Tunes characters - Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck. Considering this cartoon was called Bosko's Fox Hunt we didn't see a "Fred Fox", or "Foxy the Fox" afterwards - probably because Harman-Ising didn't want new characters.