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Bosko's Soda Fountain (1931)

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Bosko is a soda jerk, who gives poor service to a mouse and to his former schoolteacher. Later, he must contend with Honey's bratty kitten pupil.


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Uncredited cast:
Rochelle Hudson ...
Honey (voice) (uncredited)
Johnny Murray ...
Bosko / Bosko's Old School Teacher / Wilbur / Mouse (voice) (uncredited)


Bosko is a soda jerk (in more ways than one), happily whistling as he makes ice cream sodas. Bosko serves a mouse such a big soda that the only way the mouse can reach the straw is to spin his stool as high as it will go. Good service. But later, Bosko breaks his mixer and, by twisting the rodent's tail to make his head turn around, uses the mouse customer as a replacement. Bosko's former schoolteacher comes in for a soda. She's enjoying the rotating electric fan; but when Bosko puts the ice cream soda on the counter, the fan blows it in her face. Bosko only laughs at her. Honey calls and asks Bosko to bring an ice cream cone for her bratty kitten pupil. The delivery proves to be more of a trial than Bosko had expected. Written by J. Spurlin

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14 November 1931 (USA)  »

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[first lines]
Mouse Customer: [happy over his ice cream soda] Oh, boy! Oh, boy! Oh, boy!
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Remade as Bosko's Parlor Pranks (1934) See more »


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Music from German folk song
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This short features one of the most annoying cartoon brats I've ever seen
24 August 2006 | by (Tucson AZ) – See all my reviews

This is a very good Bosko short, at least in the beginning. It kind of loses a bit of appeal in some respects (for me, at least) in the second half. I'll be discussing this in some detail, so you have been warned:

This starts out, understandably enough, with Bosko running a soda fountain. He's busily making sodas and other concoctions for various customers. Early on, there's a very happy little mouse enjoying a soda and jumping up and down with undisguised glee (that glee is later dampened when Bosko grabs the little mouse and uses his head and ears like an egg-beater). A dog, after eating a large stack of sandwiches, is picked up by Bosko and used as an accordion/concertina-like "instrument" (proving once again that Bosko can get music out of virtually anything). There are some fairly good visual gags in the first part, when Bosko is at the soda shop.

Unfortunately, the cartoon cuts to Honey teaching (or trying to teach) a little monster whose entire presence is like one large fingernail scraping slate! He's a little cat who would make a few appearances (thankfully a bit less annoying in most of them). He incessantly demands an "ice cream cone" in a voice that would shatter glass. Honey of course calls Bosko and asks him to bring an ice cream cone to appease the little brat, instead of sending the little creep back to his parents. Big mistake! Bosko bring an ice cream cone and promptly winds up wearing it when the little creep shouts that he doesn't like vanilla and sends it back at Bosko and the chase is on. Bigger mistake! Bosko has things happen to him that look incredibly painful, even for a cartoon character, including one scene which, as a male, is far too disconcerting for me to contemplate!. Suffice it to say that the kid winds up making Bosko look very foolish in the end.

Some very good animation sequences here and some very funny stuff, but the pint-sized Dillinger leaves a bad taste in my mouth. It's a very funny short nevertheless and most definitely worth watching. Recommended.

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