Sunday, 2 October 2011
39. Bosko's Store (1932)
Release date: August 13, 1932.
Series: Looney Tunes.
Directed by: Hugh Harman.
Producers: Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising and Leon Schlesinger (associate).
Starring: Johnny Murray (Bosko, Wilbur, Mouse).
Animation: Isadore "Friz" Freleng and Bob McKimson.
Musical Score: Frank Marsales.
This here is the first animation credit for Bob McKimson (exc. Bosko and Honey) and McKimson would later be the top animator for Warners, and later a director.
The "Okay Chicago" was a line reused from The Queen Was in the Parlor in which Goopy Geer shouted out, but the impression was from Walter Winchell. Is it really that necessary just to reuse some dialogue from awful Goopy cartoons?
Suddenly, the dog runs into the fan (not noticing) he gets sliced like pieces of bologna before the slices stick back together into the dog's normal body again. There is some good stuff in this part, the gags are complicating that it's hard to write them down while I'm reviewing them, so the gags were are quite complex - much like the other Harman-Ising gags.
While Bosko is dusting his store - there is this mouse at a house that climbs up a telephone box that is dialling a number. Bosko picks up the phone - so the mouse and Bosko have a conversation through the telephone. The mouse asks Bosko if he sells dried fish: Bosko's reply was yes, but the mouse replies, "Well why don't you give 'em a drink." The joke would be funny for children's joke books, but since we can hardly understand what the voices say - the joke fails itself. We could blame the directors for those falsetto voices, but I don't know if it was orders from the producers. The mouse razzies at Bosko on the phone, so Bosko hangs up - knowing that this was a telephone prank call.
Bosko places a nickel inside the piano to play music. The coin slot appears to be rather hungry and chews the piano to get the music started. The piano is playing the music itself and there is the usual dancing routines Bosko and Honey dancing right in the middle of the short. I have to say, but I think that every appearance of Honey always has to have dance routines in the middle of the short. It's amazing on how Hugh Harman and Rudolf Ising don't run out of ideas. They are singing the song How Can I Say No? (When All the World Is Saying "Yes").
How could Wilbur do this to Bosko, that ungrateful cat. He tried to save his life at the beach, and this is how he repays him?? Oh wait, that was Bruno who saved his life (and Bosko's life).
This is another short in which Wilbur spoils everything for Bosko, but yet he was not defeated by Bosko. This cartoon really reminds me of the earliest Bosko cartoons from 1930 and early 1931. It has the early singing and dancing routines featured in there. It was actually quite a weak cartoon itself, in terms of reused gags and the lack of a plot featured in there. The only climax stuff in there is the Wilbur scenes. Wilbur is such a spoilt brat and I really don't like him as a character, but he always seems to make the cartoons exciting, even if they are a stinker - like this one.