Release date: 5 March 1932.
Series: Looney Tunes.
Directed by: Hugh Harman.
Producers: Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising and Leon Schlesinger (associate).
Starring: Johnny Murray (Bosko).
Animation: Isadore "Friz" Freleng and Rollin Hamilton.
Musical Score by: Frank Marsales.
Sorry, if the framegrabs are going to be rather dodgy, but what can I do about it - I don't have a restoration team of my own, and that's the only copy I could find suitable, with this quality, and it will have to do.
After that, there is exactly two minutes with just dancing and skating in this short, which tires me off; but at least the plot eventually gets moving. It shows all the tricks that Bosko does while skating (well, not really tricks) but he jumps from ice patches through ice water with xylophone music. He also skates in which he removes the icicles, which makes a sound like playing the xylophone all the way down.
Bruno climbs out of a log, standing on ice, and shouts "Yoo-hoo" at Bosko, since it was obviously all a trick to Bosko. Bosko doesn't like the way Bruno tricked him, so he breaks a stick from a branch and tries to throw it at Bruno but misses, which causes Bruno to run after the stick, like a normal pet running after a ball, stick, etc.
Bosko and Bruno make a plot to open the basket, but they are unsure about opening it. As the basket is opened, it turns out to be obviously a baby crying there after all. Bosko and Bruno try to look after the baby, but the baby plays with Bruno by squeezing his nose like a horn, in which Bosko laughs. The baby continues to cry, so Bosko and Bruno decide to take him home and become foster parents. Bosko and Bruno skate back with the baby continuously crying, and Bosko sings Rock-a-Bye Baby and the poses of Bosko there are quite unusual in terms of animation.
The small incident that happened to Bruno amuses the baby, but as nothing happens, the baby starts to cry again.So, Bosko starts to get his flute out and play traditional American music like The Girl I Left Behind Me with Bruno playing the drums with him. The baby continues to cry, so Bosko asks him "What's the matter?" in which the baby screams "I'm crying for the carolines", in which the baby is in reference to the popular song at the time Cryin' for the Carolines.
Bruno steps out of the door, all reluctant to look after the baby - and he slams the door so he won't hear another baby scream. Bosko starts to think of another idea to tone down the baby's volume by playing the piano. Bosko uses his hands as tricks in which a shadow shows that looks like a duck and into a duckling, which are shadow puppets. He also does shadow puppets for goats, pigs and donkeys.
Bruno steps out to listen to the music, and he grabs a lamp shade like a hula dress, and starts to dance. The baby is entertained by Bruno, and so is Bosko. Bosko slides on a rug that slides him to a stove, in which Bosko opens the stove in which a goose is in there that quacks. Bosko closes the stove and continues to dance back by sliding back to the living room. Bosko continues to dance with Bruno and the baby, until a goldfish bowl falls on his head because he's standing near it. The goldfish bowl lands on his head, with Bruno and the baby laughing - and that's all folks.
This short was pretty much a hit-and-miss cartoon in many ways, it had some story, but it was all mostly singing-and-dancing. The ice-skating sequence wasn't all particularly exciting, but it did keep the cartoon going. What I mostly liked about the cartoon is sort of the baby cries, as it's just realistic. The acting in that animation wasn't brilliant, even though the animators were probably trying their best. It's one of those many Bosko cartoons that I don't particularly bother with, but at least there's some goodness that comes to it.