Release date: August 26, 1933.
Series: Looney Tunes.
Director: Hugh Harman, Friz Freleng.
Producers: Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising, and Leon Schlesinger.
Starring: Johnny Murray (Bosko).
Animation: Isadore "Friz" Freleng and Carmen "Max" Maxwell.
Musical Score: Frank Marsales.
He then chants to his audience "Let's sing", so Bosko begins by playing on his organ to the song Were in the Money and as he is singing (it doesn't sound like Murray to me, but I think it was someone else). He sings his verse of that song, and then he encourages his audience to have their turn. The audience then sing the song, and the lyrics are even printed onto the screen, and even shows the words being highlighted for every word they sang in timing. I do wonder if there had been some enthusiastic people singing to the song when it first aired? Bosko even finishes with him pulling firmly onto some chains, and even a type of "chain" that has the sound of a toilet flushing.
Another newsreel takes place in Malibu, California with the headline "Sunkist Bathing Beauties enjoy California sunshine". The gag is that the reel shows a snowy beach in California, and there is a lanky woman dressed in a bathing suit, and she runs away from a huge tide that comes along, and it almost swamps up the entire beach, but the tides then come back, she returns to dip her foot inside a puddle before almost being run over by a wave.
Another reel takes place in Epsom Salts, England - where there is a dog "race classic". Epsom Salts? The joke is that they are using the town Epsom, as a spoof for "Epsom salts" which is actually "magnesium sulfate". But, Epsom do races there - especially famous for horse racing. We see the shot of all the other dogs running on the track, and behind the dogs is a dog (that looks like Bruno) that is sniffing. The Bruno-like dog then runs off from what he sees behind - the Marx Brothers are running on the track with their nets and they are dog catchers.
Dirty Dalton who is on his bicycle (that creeps secretly and sneakily) and Dalton sings the verse, "and you'll be sweet, upon the seat...", and then hides behind a very narrow tree. As Honey is cycling along, she is captured by Dirty Dalton behind the tree. She then cries for help, but Dirty Dalton ends up with Honey and jumps on one of the boxcars. It leaves Honey in double trouble, as Dalton is trying to grab her, and the boxcar is riding out of nowhere (oddly enough, for no reason). She shouts if there is a boy scout in the audience, but Bosko then shouts out "I'll save you!" Seriously Bosko, this is only a film! Bosko runs to the stage, where he sees Dirty Dalton, and he shouts "Stop! You cur!", and he jumps onto the screen through Dalton's face. Bosko pops out of the screen, and both him and Honey smile with glee - and that's all folks. It's all folks, for Bosko.
Well, folks - this is the end for Bosko; and that's all for the Harman-Ising cartoons. This cartoon (I felt) was a good way to end the era, as we saw some entertaining reels from Bosko, and it was a nice change that we didn't get to see Bosko very much, as he probably would've bored us with his singing and dancing. This cartoon deserves to be a triumphant in it's way, but I thought it was quite controversial - including the "dirty fuck" part, and also the Hitler chasing Jimmy Durante part.
I've got to say, that since I've not reviewed all of the entire Harman-Ising cartoons - I've certainly learned a lot from them, and even analyzed on what I've seen. The 1930 Bosko cartoons meant nothing, and it was just only "singing and dancing", but by 1931, there were some story that was reaching for the Bosko cartoons (but all of the singing and dancing routines still had to be shown). The singing-and-dancing routines were toned down in Bosko cartoons, when the Merrie Melodies series was launched, and they were going to do the singing-and-dancing shorts anyway, and it would've given Harman-Ising a more creative mind with just doing the one-shots.
The Bosko cartoons in 1932 (in my opinion) were at a very good streak (as well as some Merrie Melodies cartoons), and even some 1933s were doing well. Although, I think that most of their productions were just the same for me. I reviewed them all, and always gave them the same views on them, which was "mediocre at best", since their synopsis were mostly the same. I also learnt that in 1931, that they started to re-use some gags in there from their earlier productions in the 1930-1931 season. By, 1932 it was clear that just about almost every single cartoon they created featured re-used animation (with only some not reused). But I learnt that it wasn't their fault because they were subcontractors, and they couldn't go over-budget, and they were forced to reuse materials in order to keep the budgets low.
I noticed a lot of better character development in Bosko by mid-1931, and he certainly improved onto 1932, and 1933, before that in 1930 - he was just nothing but a singer. The animation quality had certainly changed, as I noticed in 1933, that the production budgets seemed to go higher, with higher quality animation. I guess that Harman-Ising wanted their cartoons to go into colour, and was the result of why they left, because they were sick of those musicals they were creating. They had to use a lot of falsetto singing in which I found extremely annoying (especially in 1932) but I didn't hear much falsetto in 1933 - from the Merrie Melodies. I personally found that Harman-Ising did copy some of their work. If you don't believe me, then look at Congo Jazz - the shot of Bosko's body completely loose is just similar to what was seen in Steamboat Willie. The skeeleton dance in Hittin' the Trail for Hallelujah Land is just like Disney's The Skeleton Dance, as well as Bosko's falsetto voice is a comparison to Mickey Mouse's voice. Basically, the cartoons were just like the early Disney cartoons (from 1928-1932), until they improved a lot, but nothing much ever changed in the Harman-Ising productions.
Well, as it is now - a farewell to Bosko, but I know that we are coming onto a new start - Buddy, and Leon Schlesinger Productions, so: bye-bye Bosko.
Bring on - Buddy.