An organ grinder and his monkey make their way down a New York streetscape. The monkey climbs up several stories to get tips from a couple of women. It does a little dance for a group of ... See full summary »
Several Chinese residents play music. A dragon frees himself from a cage and goes after them, but fireworks are shoved down the dragon's throat. This causes him to explode and turn into a walking dragon skeleton.
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.
'Bosko in Dutch' is an improvement over the three previous Bosko cartoons, which were three immediately forgettable with not much to them, in a row. Sure there is not much that is special and it's an unexceptional cartoon, but the gags are far better than the previous three cartoons. This said, even when the Bosko cartoons are at their weakest they are not awful and there are far worse cartoons around.
As always for a Bosko cartoon 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. 'Bosko in Dutch' has a mostly lively pace, and the gags are mostly amusing and cute.
There is not much to change my mind about Bosko being a fairly limited character and he is not exactly interesting. The story is very thin, even paper and cardboard are nowhere near as thin, and occasionally the pacing loses its liveliness.
While fairly inventive to begin with the story is rather weird and ends on a rather sudden note.
In conclusion, decent if unexceptional. 6/10 Bethany Cox
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