Saturday, 5 November 2011
52. Bosko in Person (1933)
Release date: February 11, 1933.
Series: Looney Tunes.
Directed by: Hugh Harman and Friz Freleng.
Producers: Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising and Leon Schlesinger.
Starring: Johnny Murray (Bosko).
Animation: Rollin Hamilton and Bob McKimson.
Musical Score: Frank Marsales.
Honey then slowly enters the stage by dancing with her feet and clicking her fingers. They both start to greet one another by singing. They do a very complicating dance routine, in which they use their feet and hands to do it. It is a very entertaining dance routine, and I like how something different finally came up. I would imagine that scene would've been complicating to animate, I bet.
The glove is animate, and his glove lands on Bosko's knee. Bosko starts another piece of entertainment by telling his glove, "Well, what can you do?" and asks his audience to do a sketch or any piece of entertainment for the audience. The glove is rather reluctant to do anything at first, until the glove finally gives in and blushes as Bosko suggests to recite the nursery rhyme Mary Had a Little Lamb. The glove talks in a squeaky, violin voice which is a suitable choice for a glove. The glove finishes reciting the poem and jumps back onto Bosko's glove as he plays more tunes on the piano.
The audience respond to the impression and applaud for the brilliant performance by Bosko (even Honey applauded). The animation here of the celebrity impressions are just incredible movement and caricature. I would imagine that Bob McKimson would've definitely had some involvement in the Maurice Chevalier and Jimmy Durante impressions, as it's very gracious animation.
Wow! What a wonderful cartoon that was, it had so much appeal in the animation. The animation was just marvellous to look at, all the animators on that cartoon were top-notch on that short. There are exciting dance routines going on and a very entertaining vaudeville show it certainly was. I think that this is one of the greatest Bosko shorts, and this was the best cartoon of 1933 for the Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies series.
You know what? I think that the reason why the cartoon was so great was that it was all thanks to Friz Freleng, who directed the dance routines and the vaudeville business. See, it was great for Harman-Ising to hire Friz Freleng as a director because they couldn't turn in much great stuff - only mediocre. Bob McKimson contributed to great animation (as well as other animators), and Frank Marsales' score was a delight. Freleng probably went over-budget there with a great cartoon, and it shows of how much of a "perfectionist" he was here. Unfortunately, his directing years from 1934-1938 were downhill, due to the budgets, but Freleng became an extraodinary director by 1940, when he arrived back at Warner Bros. from MGM.