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Ride Him, Bosko! has a highly unusual ending for a cartoon

Author: tavm from Baton Rouge, LA
9 June 2007

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Ride Him, Bosko! is a western-flavored cartoon with lots of shooting gags involving body reduction, and card characters singing! There's also an alcohol gag that has a really strong one turning a male piano player into a woman instantly! There's a fine musical number, "She'll Be Comin' 'Round the Mountain" with Bosko tap-dancing up a storm! There's Honey being held hostage in an out-of-control stagecoach with three gunmen behind her! And there's Hugh Harmon and Rudolf Ising looking at the drawing board watching Bosko riding along as they wonder out loud, "How's he gonna save Honey?" "Let's go home," says a third party as they leave Bosko in the lurch as we iris out...Highly amusing cartoon up to the ending though one wonders whether they really couldn't figure how Bosko saves Honey or did they simply run out of time and budget and decided "The hell with it!" Anyway, recommended for anyone with interest in Warner Bros. cartoons before the Big 3 of Porky, Daffy, and Bugs arrived...

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Bosko ought to be in pictures

Author: Lee Eisenberg ( from Portland, Oregon, USA
30 November 2008

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Whereas most Bosko cartoons had the small, black-and-white character of no discernible species go through an adventure and have a resolution with his girlfriend Honey, "Ride Him, Bosko!" has a real surprise ending. Just when Bosko is in limbo, we see that the cartoon IS in fact a cartoon: the camera pans away from the scene, revealing Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising and their assistants watching the cartoon, wondering how to end it (they can't decide, so they go home for the day).

Obviously, the Termite Terrace crowd elaborated on this idea in later cartoons. In the late '30s, characters would often address the audience directly, forcing people to acknowledge that the action on screen was make-believe. Friz Freleng's "You Ought to Be in Pictures", took the genre to a new level: set in the live-action world of Warner Bros. studios, Daffy Duck convinces Porky Pig to move to live action cinema.

Anyway, this is an OK look into early Warner Bros. animation, before Bugs, Daffy, Porky and Elmer.

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Bosko in the wild west

Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom
9 June 2017

The Bosko cartoons may not be animation masterpieces, but they are fascinating as examples of Looney Tunes in their early days before the creation of more compelling characters and funnier and more creative cartoons. There are some good cartoons, as well as some average or less ones.

'Ride Him Bosko' is another very good Bosko effort, another one of the better ones in a mixed selection of cartoons where some are good and others are average or less. The story is thin and sometimes a little obvious. The ending is strange and anti-climactic, feeling somewhat indecisive.

Honey is likable and charming, while Bosko like 'Bosko the Lumberjack' is more heroic than usual.

Furthermore, the animation is good. Not exactly refined but fluid and crisp enough with some nice detail, it is especially good in the meticulous backgrounds and some remarkably flexible yet natural movements for Bosko. The music doesn't disappoint either, its infectious energy, rousing merriment, lush orchestration and how well it fits with the animation is just a joy.

Sound quality has clarity and the synchronisation isn't sloppy and has imagination. The way Bosko is animated is well done and remarkably natural. The gags is imaginative and rarely miss or less than very amusing.

All in all, very enjoyable. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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One of the earliest desktop computers can be seen . . .

Author: Edgar Allan Pooh from The Gutters of Baltimore
15 October 2016

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. . . at the end of this 1933 Looney Tune, RIDE HIM, BOSKO! This climax is LIVE ACTION, and there's no mistaking the High Definition Flat Screen Ultrathin Monitor perched in the middle of the three animators' desk. Their machine is running advance AI (Artificial Intelligence) software so old hat to the team that they're too bored to contribute an ending to RIDE. As one of the Looney Tuners yawns "Let's go home," the trio leaves, thoroughly trusting their computer to wrap up the animated short with the Funniest Possible Capper--all on its own! Many Americans have struggled over the years to grasp the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, String Theory, and Quantum Physics. When posed a Toughie, such as "Which came first, Looney Tunes or Donald J. Trump?" most U.S. residents simple shrug, muttering "Search me." RIDE HIM, BOSKO! provides the perfect escape from this conundrum. In the Beginning was the Loon, and it was Good. Then Honey Came 'Round the Mountain, and Bosko screamed "That's all, folks!"

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