Goopy, a dog of no particular personality, but a crackerjack piano player, plays several songs on the stage of a nightclub. We spend a fair amount of time watching the patrons and staff of the nightclub.
Bosko ice skates on a frozen pond, while his dog Bruno chases behind him, barking happily. Bruno accidentally falls through the ice. The canny canine allows Bosko to think he has drowned before finally popping out of a hollow tree and barking out a greeting. Bosko is momentarily angry, but quickly forgives him. The fun ends when the two of them discover a baby abandoned in the snow. Bosko takes the infant to his cabin. The unlovable bundle does nothing but bawl and bawl, and finally infuriates Bruno when it declares its reason: it's crying for the Carolines. Undaunted, Bosko finally finds a way to make the crying baby laugh--but not without a near-drowning of his own.Written by
[over the hole in the ice]
Bruno, Bruno! Come back! Bruno! What'll I do? Oh! What'll I do? What'll I do? Bruno, Bruno! Gee whiz. He's gone. He's gone. Bruno, Bruno! Where are you?
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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.
Generally 'Big-Hearted Bosko' doesn't have an awful lot to it. It is an okay cartoon, and is watchable as a one-time watch but doesn't hold up to repeat viewings. Some of Bosko's cartoons are good (with the animation, music and some well done gags often standing out as particularly impressive). Others are average or less and hindered by lack of laughs, lacking stories, struggling to have enough material to sustain even the short running time and the limitations of Bosko himself.
'Big-Hearted Bosko' is one of the average Bosko cartoons. Not without its merits. It is well-animated, not exactly refined in places 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.
Some of the gags are amusing, Bruno is a far funnier and more interesting character than Bosko and is pretty likable and the baby is cute enough.
However, there are things that don't work. Bosko always was a fairly limited character, but did have his charms in some of his cartoons. Here he is neither interesting, funny or endearing, mostly rather bland. Even for a Bosko cartoon the story is paper thin, with hardly anything narratively, sluggish pacing and a lot of repetition that gets tiresome.
It does struggle to find enough material to sustain the length and make the story better than it actually is, and the gags mostly just aren't funny and are pretty uninspired.
Overall, watchable but lacking. 5/10 Bethany Cox
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