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Bosko the Talk-Ink Kid (1929)

A cartoonist draws Bosko, who promptly comes to life.

Directors:

Hugh Harman (uncredited), Rudolf Ising (uncredited)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Rudolf Ising Rudolf Ising ... Cartoonist (uncredited)
Carman Maxwell Carman Maxwell ... Bosko (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

A cartoonist sits at his drawing board, smoking a cigarette and crumpling up his latest drawing. He tries a new drawing, and this time he produces Bosko, a caricatured Negro boy with a simple, rounded design. Once finished, Bosko becomes animate on the paper. "Well, here I is," he declares to the mildly surprised cartoonist. "And I shore feel good!" Bosko proceeds to dance, play the piano--and sing. But his singing is so bad that the cartoonist sucks Bosko back into his ink pen and then pours him into his inkwell. But the end of this demo reel proves that Bosko can't be beaten so easily. Written by J. Spurlin

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Trivia

Bosko makes his first appearance in this demo reel. He makes his official, commercial debut in his next film, Sinkin' in the Bathtub (1930). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bosko: Well, here I is, and I shore feel good!
Cartoonist: Oh-ho, you feel good, do you?
Bosko: [pointing to the instrument with which he has just been created] Yeah, I's just out of da pen!
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Connections

Featured in Toonheads: The Lost Cartoons (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

The Sidewalks of New York
(uncredited)
Music by Charles Lawlor
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Amazing What People Laughed At Back Then
22 October 2008 | by Seamus2829See all my reviews

This rarely seen (and for good reasons)short was originally a test reel for the Warner Brothers upper brass to see Warner's new animation department. Pity 'ol Leon S. didn't have anything better for them. This pathetic exercise in on screen racism lacks any thing resembling humour (at least for these times). It's obvious that Bosko made an impact with the big wheels at Warners (although Bosko would be re-vamped from a shuffling big eyed stereotype to a monkey/boy (take that,creationists). This unfunny short clocks in at a mere 3 minutes,but still seems like 3 hours (or more). Thankfully,Warner Bros. would get a lot better than this as the years went by.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 1929 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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