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May 1929 (USA) See more »
A cartoonist draws Bosko, who promptly comes to life. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in alphabetical order)
Rudolf Ising ... Cartoonist (uncredited)
Carman Maxwell ... Bosko (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Hugh Harman 
Produced by
Hugh Harman .... producer
Rudolf Ising .... producer
Leon Schlesinger .... producer
Animation Department
Friz Freleng .... animator (uncredited)
Rollin Hamilton .... animator (uncredited)

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5 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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Bosko makes his first appearance in this demo reel. He makes his official, commercial debut in his next film, Sinkin' in the Bathtub (1930).See more »
[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) (TV)See more »
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1 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
My how times have changed!, 15 February 2014
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

"Bosko the Talk-Ink Kid" is a rarely seen demo reel that pitched a new character, Bosko and ended up being the basis for Looney Tunes. Considering how wonderful the Looney Tunes films were in the 1940s and 50s with the likes of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Pepe le Pew, it's amazing how rotten their original star, Bosko, was.

The film begins with an unidentified man (Rudolf Ising) sitting at an easel. He draws Bosko and then interacts with him--a style used often before, such as with the Fleischer Brothers Ko-Ko the Clown cartoons. However, when Bosko talked, I was shocked. Instead of the cute voice you'd later hear in the rather saccharine cartoons, he has a VERY stereotypical black voice--and it's NOT a particularly nice one. Today such a voice would probably offend most people and it's obvious that THE joke was that he was a black person. Not a whole lot to base your character on for a series of cartoons! Pretty lame and unfunny to boot.

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