Warner cartoon no. 49.
Release date: January 14, 1933.
Series: Looney Tunes.
Directed by: Hugh Harman and Friz Freleng.
Producers: Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising and Leon Schlesinger.
Starring: Johnny Murray (Bosko).
Animation: Isadore "Friz" Freleng and Thomas McKimson.
Musical Score: Frank Marsales.
Friz Freleng's first film that he got the chance to direct, but only co-direct - so he wasn't fully in charge, like Hugh was. Since I've done 50 reviews, and out of roughly 1001 shorts (951 to review), I've only completed roughly 5% of the challenge. A long way to go.
We then see a reused gag of a duck that goes inside a windmill, (taking a dump) and then comes back outside back onto the clog. Okay, I really don't see the point of that pathetic gag - yet again, it's a reused gag and Friz Freleng co-directed this cartoon and it sounds like his involvement. The dog continues to dance, as he starts to spin around in his skates and then he spins that fast that his legs suddenly twist and twist, until it's as twisted as it gets. His twisted legs then loosen and go back to normal, and continiues staking.
Bruno continues to skate, until he halts and starts to scratch and we see a dozens and dozens of Dutch fleas coming out (they're wearing clogs too), and Bruno continues to run. It's interesting here on how Harman and Freleng were pretty accurate in which they had to include every character wearing clogs here.
The Wilburs end up being stranded on a frozen river, and Bosko is at shore running to catch them up hoping to find a plan to get those two back safely. He does find one as he climbs down a ladder at the edge of a bridge, and instead the Wilburs go through a pipe - which is EVEN MORE problematic. Bosko quickly discovers a water pump, and starts pumping until Wilbur and his twin come out of the spout in which they reunite with Bosko and Honey happily - and that's all folks.
Well, as this was Freleng's first time he got to do some directing, but not in charge of production; and I notice some interesting parts in that cartoon that probably was one of Friz's contributions. The fact that this cartoon was quite analytical and accurate with having all the characters with clogs on, and that the settings really do look Dutch - I wonder if Hugh and Friz did some research? The word "HELP" coming out reminded me of something that wasn't by Hugh Harman or Rudy Ising - unless a gag person like Bob Clampett or Earl Duvall was involved with that? I didn't mind this cartoon at all, but it wasn't very special, even at Friz's first attempt - it shows how a later-great director like him wasn't great at the first attempt (well, he only co-directed), not really in control of the cartoons.