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Bosko the Talk-Ink Kid (1929)

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A cartoonist draws Bosko, who promptly comes to life.

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Rudolf Ising ...
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Carman Maxwell ...
Bosko (voice) (uncredited)
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A cartoonist sits at his drawing board, smoking a cigarette and crumpling up his latest drawing. He tries a new drawing, and this time he produces Bosko, a caricatured Negro boy with a simple, rounded design. Once finished, Bosko becomes animate on the paper. "Well, here I is," he declares to the mildly surprised cartoonist. "And I shore feel good!" Bosko proceeds to dance, play the piano--and sing. But his singing is so bad that the cartoonist sucks Bosko back into his ink pen and then pours him into his inkwell. But the end of this demo reel proves that Bosko can't be beaten so easily. Written by J. Spurlin

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This is a pilot film pitched to Hollywood distributors by Hugh Harman and Rudolf Ising in 1929. Leon Schlesinger was so impressed that he subsequently produced and sold a series of Bosko cartoons to Warner Bros., thus creating the "Looney Tunes" series. See more »

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[first lines]
Bosko: Well, here I is, and I shore feel good!
Cartoonist: Oh-ho, you feel good, do you?
Bosko: [pointing to the instrument with which he has just been created] Yeah, I's just out of da pen!
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Featured in Toonheads: The Lost Cartoons (2000) See more »

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The Sidewalks of New York
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Music by Charles Lawlor
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A short cartoon film that set off Looney Tunes
28 November 2008 | by (Scotland) – See all my reviews

As long as we remember that this cartoon is racist (because Bosko is a black man) and that when the makers made it they would not have realized that it would be as insulting as it is, we can enjoy this cartoon as much as we can. I personally found this a bit boring, but then of course I remembered that the jokes and the portrayal of cartoon and human man were amazing in 1929. I preferred Bosko in his next appearance, "Sinkin' in the Bathtub", because it is more funny and has a storyline to it. As he is, I find Bosko a sweet character and I cannot help disliking him slightly when I remember he is actually a black man. I thought the way they combined animation and the human hand back then amazing - this was when my grandparents were babies or not yet born! I watched this cartoon because it was the first thing that lead up to Looney Tunes - so we must be grateful for it.

In this cartoon, we first see a man (who is Rudolph Ising) drawing something. We watch his pen movements and find he has created a character called Bosko. Bosko comes to life on the pad and goes up to all sorts of antics...

I recommend this cartoon to people who are interested in Looney Tunes history and to people who do not mind rasiscm in cartoons too much. Enjoy "Bosko the Talk-Ink Kid"! :-)

7 and a half out of ten.


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