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Hold Anything (1930)

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Bosko is a construction worker who impresses Honey by making music from everything in sight, including a decapitated mouse, a typewriter and a goat filled with hot air.


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Uncredited cast:
Rochelle Hudson ...
Honey (voice) (uncredited)
Johnny Murray ...
Bosko (voice) (uncredited)


Bosko is a construction worker, whistling happily as he uses his riveter, and making musical instruments out of everything in sight. The mice laying bricks dance as they work. Bosko uses a handsaw to decapitate a mouse and then bounce the mouse's head and its body (which is frantically trying to retrieve the head) even higher. Later, the reconnected mouse and a rivet-eating goat send a beam up to Bosko, who rides it high into the air. From this lofty position, he spots Honey in her high-rise apartment. He plucks musical notes out of the ropes of a pulley, and then uses the floating notes to step from his beam into the apartment. He puts sheet music in Honey's typewriter, and types out music as if it were a piano. Honey dances to the music, periodically disconnecting her torso from her legs. Bosko grabs the goat, which is now filled with hot air and floating like a balloon, and plays it like bagpipes. But a sudden spray of goat's milk knocks Bosko to the ground, splitting him into ... Written by J. Spurlin

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November 1930 (USA)  »

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[first lines]
Bosko: Hey, send up that beam!
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Featured in Animated Century (2003) See more »


The Dance of the Wooden Shoes
Music by Michael Cleary
Played at the beginning and whistled by Bosko
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Hold Anything is a pretty entertaining musical Bosko cartoon short
10 June 2007 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

Since the previous reviewer mentioned most of the details of Hold Anything, I'll just mention that the mice look uncannily like Walt Disney's Mickey. Perhaps not surprising since directors Hugh Harmon and Rudolf Ising had previously worked for Disney as animators when he created Oswald the Lucky Rabbit with Ub Iwerks with the rabbit looking like the Famous Mouse with long ears and a fluffy tail. Another entertaining musical short that seems inspired by the fame of the first successful sound cartoon, Steamboat Willie, that put Mickey Mouse and Walt Disney on the map of iconic status. Worth a look for anyone interested in Warner Bros. animation before Tex Avery arrived to give it a new identity.

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