Bosko the woodsman spurns cutting down trees and plays music instead. The trees and animals dance and make their own music.


(uncredited), (uncredited)


Uncredited cast:
Johnny Murray ...
Bosko / Squirrel (voice) (uncredited)


Bosko is about to cut down a tree when a squirrel pops out of its hole and begs him to spare it. The anthropomorphic tree cowers as little trees gather around to protect it. Everyone is relieved when Bosko pulls a harmonica out of his pocket and plays. Bosko the woodsman will spend his day in the forest playing music instead of cutting down trees. Meanwhile, the trees and animals of the forest dance and make their own music. Written by J. Spurlin

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August 1931 (USA)  »

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1.20 : 1
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[first lines]
Squirrel: Oh, woodsman, spare that tree!
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Music by Effie I. Canning
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The Tree's Knees is interesting early Warner Bros. cartoon
10 June 2007 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

Since the previous reviewer mentioned most of the story and gags, I'll just mention once again that the two mice in this short-as in many Harmon-Ising cartoons-bear a resemblance to a certain Famous Mouse from Disney except this time, besides the fact they are so small, they also wear no clothes! Most of the gags are indeed pretty unusual by today's standards though many of these types were common in many '30s cartoons particularly the musical ones. Watching this, I was reminded of Flowers and Trees, Disney's first three-strip Technicolor cartoon that won the Oscar two years later. Mainly because of the human-like trees and the way they made music. So, in summation, The Tree's Knees is highly recommended for anyone interested in early Warner Bros. animation before Tex Avery and many of the characters created in his wake gave the studio a new attitude...

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