Bosko goes fishing next to a No Fishing sign. He feels sorry for the worm he's brought; instead he uses the letters on the sign to act as worms. He catches a fish, declares it cute and pets it. The fish spits at him and jumps back into the water. Meanwhile, the worm is not safe yet. A bird chases him; but he escapes into a hole. We're back to Bosko who finds two ladybugs dancing on stones next to a waterfall as a spider plays his web as a harp. A pelican rises up from the water to deposit four frogs next to Bosko. Bosko and the frogs sing and dance. The two ladybugs are mischievous; they use a wasp as an airplane, a flower as a propeller, and a beehive and tree branch as a machine gun. They shoot Bosko with bees, driving him away and into a water fountain. But the happy Bosko tips his hat to the audience to show he's all right.Written by
Two ladybugs ride a wasp as if it were an airplane and use a beehive and a tree branch as a makeshift machine gun. This machine gun disappears when the wasp flies into the camera, but reappears in the next shot. See more »
Music by Phil Baxter
Played at the beginning and whistled by Bosko See more »
The Bosko cartoons may not be animation masterpieces, but they are fascinating as examples of Looney Tunes in their early days before the creation of more compelling characters and funnier and more creative cartoons.
None of the previous Bosko cartoons were great, most of them being hit and miss, but they were interesting and mostly quite decent. His eighth cartoon (if one includes his "pilot" cartoon 'The Talk-Ink Kid'), 'Ain't Nature Grand', is one of his weakest, at this point his second weakest after the strange 'The Booze Hangs High'. Certainly watchable but while nature certainly is grand that is the last adjective to describe the cartoon overall.
Certainly there are good things about 'Ain't Nature Grand'. The animation is not bad at all. Not exactly refined but fluid and crisp enough with some nice detail, it is especially good in the meticulous backgrounds and some remarkably flexible yet natural movements for Bosko. The music is one of 'Ain't Nature Grand's' highlight components, its infectious energy, rousing merriment, lush orchestration and how well it fits with the animation is just a joy.
Some parts are fun and intriguing, such as those with the frogs and the spider, with a few ways that nature and insects used being fairly inventive. The climax is entertaining and one is definitely rooting for the insects. The supporting characters are nice and the synchronisation and sound are remarkably good.
Bosko himself is not that endearing, his personality being a bit bland this time around. The story is paper thin with pedestrian pacing at times and a few repetitive bits too. Like 'The Booze Hangs High', the humour is too far and between and generally is not that amusing let alone funny.
Outside of a few moments, 'Ain't Nature Grand' is not that imaginative, and the cartoon is very routine, at times dull and easily forgettable on the whole.
In summary, alright cartoon but without the desire to see it again in a hurry. 5/10 Bethany Cox
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