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Sinkin' in the Bathtub (1930)

The music-happy Bosko and Honey take a car ride, but bad luck briefly interrupts their fun.

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

Uncredited cast:
Rochelle Hudson ... Honey (voice) (uncredited)
Carman Maxwell Carman Maxwell ... Bosko (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

The film opens with Bosko whistling in his bathtub as the shower fills it with water. The song, appropriately, is "Singin' in the Bathtub." He plucks his toes and his nose to make musical sounds. He even plays the streams of water as if they were harp strings. The bathtub gets into the act, by rising on its feet and dancing around the bathroom, waving a bath towel and throwing sheets of toilet paper into the air as if they were flower petals. Bosko drives his anthropomorphic car to the home of his girlfriend, Honey. The two go for a ride, but the way is blocked by a haughty cow. Bosko pushes her body down under her legs, which stick up like tent poles, and drives over her. All is sunny and bright for Bosko and Honey until they lose control of the car. This event leads to more calamities, including Honey getting trapped in a runaway bathtub on wheels. Only the happy pair's good luck can save the day. Written by J. Spurlin

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 April 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Looney Tunes #1: Sinkin' in the Bathtub See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Vitaphone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Vitaphone production reel #4127. See more »

Goofs

In different scenes, Honey's hair bow switches between having and not having polka dots. See more »

Connections

Featured in Pee-wee's Playhouse: Accidental Playhouse (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Tip-Toe thru' the Tulips with Me
(uncredited)
Music by Joseph A. Burke
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Primitive, But Still Entertaining As Well As Historical
1 July 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

As others have pointed out, this is the first official Looney Tunes cartoon to be released, so it certainly has historical merit. I like it because it has the odd, early '30s cartoon humor. It's hard to explain but because it's so dated, it has its own flavor to it, as Betty Boop did around this time. Is it almost primitive-looking in spots? Of course, but it was made at the beginning of sound being heard on screen and, well, it's over 75 years old so that's what you get. Frankly, in an innocent basic way, the cartoons of this period offer something different.

It's still innovative in that you see some great sights that only animation can give you, like Bosco switching the shower to aim out the window, then surfing on the spray out the window, then pulling out a giant harmonica - that's bigger than he is - out of his pants! Outrageous!

I don't believe I laughed out loud once during the eight-minute cartoon, but I enjoyed every minute of watching "Bosco" and his girlfriend and thought there were a lot of "cute" things in here. It got a little repetitive near the end but overall had enough sight gags to still call the whole thing "entertaining." That's not a bad way to start off the famous "Looney Tunes."


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