Friday, 7 October 2011
40. Bosko the Lumberjack (1932)
Release date: September 3, 1932.
Series: Looney Tunes.
Directed by: Hugh Harman.
Producers: Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising and Leon Schlesinger (associate).
Starring: Johnny Murray ?.
Animation: Isadore "Friz" Freleng and Carmen "Max" Maxwell.
Musical Score by: Frank Marsales.
Bosko walks on to cut off another tree, but the tree is property to a skunk that hisses at Bosko for attempting to cut off the trunk. Bosko starts to run away from the skunk until he hits a tree in which leaves fall on top of Bosko. Meanwhile a woodpecker flies into the scene in which Bosko uses the woodpecker as a drill to drill a tree trunk to the ground. The gags evolving Bosko cutting down trees are quite fun to watch, especially the woodpecker part.
The thug threatens to take Honey away unless she doesn't give him a kiss. Honey grabs onto a rope with a steam whistle, she slides down, but ends dangling from the ground, but the thug slides down the ladder to take Honey with her. Bosko runs out of the log to try and stop the thug. The thug pushes down a tree with a tap that squirts Bosko in the face, quite a complicating gag to explain.
The thug holding Honey enters inside a cabin, with Bosko's loud banging on the doors shouting "Let me in!", and even a moose's head on the wall, shooting at the thug's rear to let him inside. Bosko enters the cabin, ready to "put 'em up", but the thug easily punches Bosko bouncing on the edges of the beams, and landing on a bedpan.
This cartoon was in fact mediocre at best - the gags were reused often, the plot-lines were just the same as any other Harman-Ising cartoon. There was really nothing special about this cartoon, the only part which was good was the tree chopping gags, but nothing else. Harman-Ising seemed to have liked using a lot of thugs stealing the "girlfriend" in pictures which do get tiring and pathetic.