Piggy was the Harmon/Ising studio's second attempt to create a star for the Merrie Melodies cartoon series. Piggy replaced Foxy. Foxy lasted for only three cartoons. Piggy's tenure was even... See full synopsis »
Bosko is a soda jerk (in more ways than one), happily whistling as he makes ice cream sodas. Bosko serves a mouse such a big soda that the only way the mouse can reach the straw is to spin his stool as high as it will go. Good service. But later, Bosko breaks his mixer and, by twisting the rodent's tail to make his head turn around, uses the mouse customer as a replacement. Bosko's former schoolteacher comes in for a soda. She's enjoying the rotating electric fan; but when Bosko puts the ice cream soda on the counter, the fan blows it in her face. Bosko only laughs at her. Honey calls and asks Bosko to bring an ice cream cone for her bratty kitten pupil. The delivery proves to be more of a trial than Bosko had expected.Written by
Very good first half, weird and annoying second half
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. There are some good cartoons, as well as some average or less ones.
'Bosko's Soda Fountain' is pretty good (for Bosko and as a cartoon in general), but it is very frustrating when the second half prevents it from being very good cartoon like the first half promised. As to be expected, it is flimsy story-wise and some of the gags in the second half are not very funny and come over as quite bizarre instead.
It is in the second half where 'Bosko's Soda Fountain' falls down. The gags aren't as funny or clever and agreed it is really undermined by one of the brattiest and most irritating kids in perhaps all animation.
However, the animation is good. 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 doesn't disappoint either, its infectious energy, rousing merriment, lush orchestration and how well it fits with the animation is just a joy.
The gags are quite inventive and fun in the first half, particularly on a visual level. The first half is very entertaining generally, lively in pace and funny. Bosko may not be a great or particularly interesting character, but he has his charm as does Honey. Pacing is suitably lively.
Overall, a cartoon of two halves, one very good half and one disappointing one. 7/10 Bethany Cox
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