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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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Uncredited cast:
Rudolf Ising ...
Cartoonist (uncredited)
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 believed to be the first cartoon to use extensive synchronized speech. 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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Referenced 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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Bosko looks like a minstrel character
31 January 2007 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Aside from the fact that "Bosko the Talk-Ink Kid" has little plot - other than cartoonist Rudolf Ising creating the title character - it should make us cringe in the 21st century, as Bosko looks and sounds like a black-face character. This cartoon is worth watching as a reference point (and I guess that it gets justified by the fact that it indirectly led to the creation of Bugs, Daffy, Porky, etc.), but it's not worth much otherwise. There's a reason that Bosko didn't become as prominent as the most famous Looney Tunes; producer Leon Schlesinger knew the better ideas when he saw them later. Available on Disc 4 of the Looney Tunes Golden Collection Volume 1.


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