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Little Ol' Bosko in Bagdad (1938)

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Bosko imagines he's in Baghdad where giant frogs want to steal the cookies he's supposed to deliver to his grandma.

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Uncredited cast:
Ruby Dandridge ...
Bosko (voice) (uncredited)
Lillian Randolph ...
Bosko's Mammy (voice) (uncredited)
Zoot Watson ...
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Bosko's Mammy sends him to Grandma's house with a bag of cookies in the dead of night. "Straight to Grandma's, here I go, to take these cookies to her front door," he says to himself, but Bosko meets a frog genie who spirits him off to Bagdad, where various frogs and toads try to nab the cookies for themselves. Written by David Gerstein <96dag@williams.edu>

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1 January 1938 (USA)  »

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[first lines]
Mammy: Mm-mmm! Those cookies shore does smell presumpt'ous. They look presumpt'ous.
[laughs]
Mammy: Why, they is presumpt'ous! Now, Bosko, you go straight to gran'ma's. And don't you be eatin' none of them cookies.
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Ouch....
22 October 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Little Bosko's mother asks this little kid to take some cookies to grandma's house. However, his imagination gets the best of him and he imagines all sorts of strange things--such as giant frog-like genies, flying carpets and Stepin' Fetchit-like characters. It all makes very little sense and seems like a combination of Cab Calloway, the Nicholas Brothers and LSD.

What can you say about this cartoon other than the obvious?! "Little 'Ol Bosko in Bagdad" is a VERY dated cartoon short that abounds with racial stereotypes which would make most of us cringe today. Back in 1938, making fun of black people and portraying them as less than others was the norm-- and folks thought this sort of humor was quite funny. Today, it naturally makes us cringe and it's not surprising that the film was yanked from circulation. However, for historians and the curious, it can be seen or downloaded from archive.org.

On the positive side, the animation is pretty good and the cartoon is in color. On the negative...just about everything else.


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