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Big Man from the North (1931)

Bosko is a Mountie; his sergeant demands he get his man.

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Honey (voice) (uncredited)
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Bosko (voice) (uncredited)
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Bosko is a Mountie in the cold, snowy north. His sergeant demands that he get his man: a peg-legged villain wanted dead or alive. Bosko rides his dog sled to the local saloon. He joins Honey in some impromptu music-making. The villain strides in; Bosko timidly tells him he's under arrest. The villain only laughs at him; but Bosko will get the last laugh. Written by J. Spurlin

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This film short is available as a bonus on the Warner DVD of Smart Money (1931). See more »

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[first lines]
Bosko: [handing the sergeant his pants] These yours, Mr. Sergeant?
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Chinnin' and Chattin' with May
(uncredited)
Music by Seymour Simons
Performed by Honey when Bosko enters the saloon and joins in
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One of Bosko's better cartoons
22 March 2017 | by See all my reviews

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.

'Big Man from the North' generally is one of Bosko's better cartoons. Up to this particular point in the series most of the cartoons were decent if hit and miss, with the only cartoon falling below that being the strange though not awful 'The Booze Hangs High'. 'Big Man from the North' doesn't reach above decent level on the whole but has a good deal to recommend.

While showing more signs of a story than the previous cartoons, which were basically plot-less mostly but while still on the thin side signs of a story are here, it's very predictable with not much new. There are occasional slow parts and there are a couple of repetitive gags by Bosko standards.

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 'Big Man from the North's' highlight component, its infectious energy, rousing merriment, lush orchestration and how well it fits with the animation is just a joy.

While never hilarious the gags are amusing, especially with the dogs and in the saloon. Parts are cute without being too schmaltzy, it's never static and synchronisation is remarkably good.

All in all, decent cartoon and one of Bosko's better ones generally. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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