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*** This review may contain spoilers ***
This short is reasonably decent, even if it basically copies a trend
among other studios which did similar shorts based on the same premise
and springing from roughly the same inspirational source. It was the
last Bosko done for Warner Brothers, as Harman and Ising left there to
go to MGM, where they used the character occasionally and drastically
redesigned him, but that's another story. I want to talk about some of
the gags, so this is a spoiler warning:
In the 1930s, there was a movement called "Technocracy", whose proponents believed that technology was the salvation of mankind. A number of shorts made use of the theory as a jumping-off point for the basic inspiration, including this one. The short begins with Honey doing housecleaning chores, specifically cleaning a window. Bosko makes the mistake of showing up (he also takes Honey's flowers from the front yard to "give" them to Honey. Bruno, being far wiser, stays outside.
Honey is delighted to see Bosko, telling him (in a rhyming couplet, no less) that he's going to help her with the dishes, which he finds terribly amusing. The scene dissolves to find Bosko and Honey-you guessed it-doing the dishes. Bosko, incapable of acting seriously, "shuffles" the stacks of plates together and tries dancing his way to the cabinets with a huge stack of dishes. The predictable disaster happens and Honey chews him out, but Bosko sees a headline about robots and decides to build one to do his work for him. So he rapidly builds a robot out of items he just happens to find laying around and builds his own "mechanical man". He starts it up and it promptly goes berserk! This is where most of the really visually interesting gags come from in the short. The animation on the robot is very good and watching it crash through Honey's house taking out door after door (with Bosko trapped between two of them) is quite effective.
Honey briefly stops the rampage by spraying perfume on the robot, which then starts prancing around and tearing off sheets from a roll of bathroom tissue. This stops when it sees Bosko and it goes after him again. Honey then sticks a record player (with a copy of "Mary Had a Little Lamb" on the turntable) into the robot and it calms down again-until the record sticks and it goes nuts again. It chases Honey and Bosko out the front door, startling Bruno, who runs after them when the robot shocks him. Bosko ends the chase (and the short) when he hurls a bomb into the robot's mouth and blows it up.
This has some very nice animation and is a nice finish to the series at Warner Brothers. I hope that it winds up on a future Looney Tunes Golden Collection. Recommended.
Bosko's Mechanical Man (1933)
** 1/2 (out of 4)
Early Looney Tunes short from Warner has Bosko at his girlfriend's house and he's not too happy to be having to do all sorts of chores. He then reads that robots can do whatever you want so he gathers up various parts lying around the house and builds one but, like Frankenstein, learns not to build things from the dead. This is a fair short that manages to keep you entertained throughout the running time but in the end there aren't enough laughs to make it anything overly special. The highlight, of course, is the robot coming to life and causing all sorts of damage but it's the dog that gets most of the pain as the robot electrocutes him! The animation is pretty good if you like this early form and Bosko is as lively as ever.
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