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Bosko and Honey (1932)

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Honey tries to teach the violin to an unwilling kitten. Later, she and Bosko go off on a bicycle ride.


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Honey is a music teacher; her pupil is a kitten who hates playing the violin. No matter what she does to correct him, the kitten plays horribly. She phones Bosko, who is asleep. Bosko's dog, Bruno, tries to wake him but fails. He answers the phone himself by knocking off the receiver and barking into the speaker. Honey asks Bruno to wake up Bosko, so the dog tries again. Even the phone does its part by sprouting hands and arms, which it uses to whistle and knock its receiver on the floor. Bosko finally answers and tells Honey he'll be right over. When Bosko arrives at Honey's place, the two of them sing and dance and play music. The kitten expresses its disdain by dumping bathwater into Bosko's saxophone, but Bosko continues to play as bubbles emerge from the bell. Honey dances on the soap bubbles, safely descending from her balcony to the ground as they pop. The kitten is soon forgotten as Bosko and Honey go for a bicycle ride, followed by Bruno. A fierce thunderstorm interrupts ... Written by J. Spurlin

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Honey: [to her pupil] No, no, no. Try it again.
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Interesting (If Just For Its Historical Value)
22 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After trying and failing to teach Wilbur how to play an old folk song on his fiddle, Honey telephones the drowsy Bosko and invites him to have a picnic with her. Of course, thanks to a rainstorm and Bosko's nosey dog Bruno, the picnic doesn't quite go as planned.

Long before Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and pretty much every other familiar WB character, there was Bosko - WB's first star and answer to Mickey Mouse. Bosko represented pretty much every cartoon cliché at the time - an unrecognizable (and subtly stereotypical) character constantly getting into some form of mischief. The main criteria for a cartoon character's success at the time was his/her charm (rather than originality) - which Bosko, fortunately, had. The theatrically unreleased Bosko and Honey demonstrates this perfectly. Despite its dull plot and jarringly corny jokes (just wait until you see the ending!), the cartoon is reasonably fun to watch thanks to its peppy tone and lively animation. When evaluated critically, it's certainly below par (especially when stacked against the shorts WB would be producing just fifteen years later). But when simply watched, the cartoon is both fun and historically interesting.

If you're expecting something along the lines of Long-Haired Hare or Duck Amuck, you certainly won't find it here. This short is about as simple and inoffensive as they come. Nevertheless, it's certainly worth watching out of curiosity.

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