Battling Bosko (1932)

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Bosko is a brave little boxer who battles the champion, Gas House Harry. The enormous brute proves a bit much, even for a plucky underdog.


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


Honey is thrilled that her plucky little boyfriend is about to challenge the enormous brute, Gas House Harry, in the ring. A radio announcer has some nice things to say about Bosko; but supporters of the champion would probably find the commentary even more encouraging. Gas House Harry, who trains by using an anvil as a punching bag, isn't the champion for nothing. Written by J. Spurlin

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6 February 1932 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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Decent early Bosko short with Bosko as an over-matched boxer
27 September 2006 | by (Tucson AZ) – See all my reviews

This short has some good moments and some rather interesting animation in spots, though there's a fair amount of repetition here. I want to cover some of the action, so here is a spoiler warning:

The short starts with a rather nice visual bit (possibly the best one in the short) tied to Bosko working a speed bag. Ultimately, the speed bag emerges victorious. Bosko likely would have been better off sending his shadow out to fight "Gas-House Harry", a hulking brute seen punching an anvil.

For a short nominally about a boxing match, very little which takes place in the ring is itself noteworthy. Most of the short covers events outside the ring. There's a very nice sequence revolving around streetcars full of fans headed to the fight. It looks like they just re-used the same drawing twice to repeat a gag. The same seems to be the case for a sequence in the ring where the champ gets groggy and also a repetitive shot featuring a loud hippo fan of Bosko's, which is not only repeated several times in this short, but was used in at least one other Bosko short, if I recall correctly.

There are two really funny bits inside the ring-Bosko being revived by his trainer after the first round and Bosko and the champ exchanging blows, only to simultaneously knock the referee out of the ring! Bosko doesn't fare too well in the end, even with a long count by the referee. The ending is cute, though. I hope this will eventually be released as part of a future Looney Tunes Golden Collection. Recommended.

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