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Bosko the Talk-Ink Kid (1929)

A cartoonist draws Bosko, who promptly comes to life.

Director:

Hugh Harman
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bosko See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This is a pilot film pitched to Hollywood distributors by Hugh Harman and Rudolf Ising in 1929. Leon Schlesinger was so impressed that he subsequently produced and sold a series of Bosko cartoons to Warner Bros., thus creating the "Looney Tunes" series. 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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only watch as a curiosity
2 November 2005 | by movieman_kevSee all my reviews

The first Looney Tunes short ever features a blank ink spot that talks in an uneducated way and this is very fortunately NOT a barometer of how that rest of the animated shorts would be. This is painful to watch at times and lacks the humor or wit of later cartoon shorts by the studio, but this is where it all started and I guess one has to give it props for that if nothing else. I don't really recommend this on anything but prosperity's sake. This animated short can be found as an extra in the "From the Vaults" section on disc 4 of the Looney Tunes Golden Collection Volume 1.

My Grade: D


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