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Recycling is not always the proper thing to do . . .
. . . BOSKO THE DRAWBACK illustrates. Relying on much of the archival gridiron action from an animated short released by Warner Bros. earlier in the year--FREDDY THE FRESHMAN--BOSKO THE DRAWBACK brings few fresh gags of its own to the table. The one-dog Blocking Vee (courtesy of a limber dachshund) may get a chuckle the first time it's used in a cartoon, but it's a sign of laziness and disrespect for one's ticket buyers to bring this device back in another short THE VERY SAME YEAR. (Possibly Warner's "Cel Washers"--minimum wage earners who were kind of like blackboard cleaners in the Olden Days of Antiquity--went on strike to up their wages to a nickel an hour, and Warner producer Leon Schlesinger--later Court-Martialed by the U.S. Army for padding his expense account while using American Taxpayer funds to churn out boot camp training films during World War Two--decided to throw in the backlog of Unwashed Cels into the next Toon due out on his production schedule.) As always, Warner's title character in BOSKO THE DRAWBACK is starring in a home game for Southern Cal, against one of Notre Dame's "Four Horseman" Era teams in this case.
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