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Image Entertainment is proud to present a cartoon treasure, Warner Brothers' very first--an most musical--cartoon star, Bosko! Created by Hugh Harman and Rudolf Ising, Bosko made his debut in 1929 and retired from Warner Brothers in the summer of '33. These peppy musical shorts were also the first cartoons distributed by the legendary Leon Schlesinger. Animation fans can rejoice, Bosko lives on in the first of two DVD compilations mastered from the finest materials available. Long Live, Bosko! Includes: Bosko the Talk-Ink Kid, Congo Jazz, Big Man from the North, Ups 'N Downs, Yodeling Yokels, The Tree's Knees, Bosko the Doughboy, Bosko's Fox Hunt, Battling Bosko, Sinking in the Bathtub, Hold Anything, Box Car Blues, Ain't Nature Grand, Dumb Patrol.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Bosko
  • Directors: Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising
  • Format: Animated, Black & White, Full Screen, Mono, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 12, 2000
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004W1AA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,398 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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135 of 139 people found the following review helpful By Joe on November 27, 2000
I recently bought this dvd of Bosko which "claims" to be the best copy of Bosko Cartoons anywhere. This is FALSE. These cartoons are full of film dirt, scratches and are not even in there original state. They are reissues for early 50's television syndication. This can be determined by the fact that the openings show Buddy, Porky Pig and Daffy Duck While the producer credit goes to Leon Schesinger. The problem with this is that these cartoons were made between the years 1929-1933. Buddy wasn't created until 1934, porky wasn't until 1935 and Daffy didn't come out until 1937! Infact, the drawing of Porky Pig on the Title card is circa 1940!The producer's credit should be to Harmon and Ising not Leon, although he was their boss at that time. Beware these cartoons look exactly like the vhs videos of public domain cartoons that you'd find in a supermarket markdown bin.Cartoon Network shows Bosko from time to time and their prints are excelent. They are clear as a bell with no scratches and they're FREE. Don't make a 25 dollar mistake like I did. Shame on any proprietor who tries to pass off this junk to the public!
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39 of 45 people found the following review helpful By ewomack TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 21, 2003
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It's hard to know exactly what to say about these cartoons. As far as the animation goes, it's excellent. The cartoon "Bosko the Doughboy" has some incredible and almost breathtaking scenes in it. All the toons have a look similar to the black and white Betty Boop cartoons. Compared with cartoons today, they're amazingly detailed and the characters are full of life each time they move. A lot of work used to go into the production of cartoons (pre Hanna-Barbera), which is obvious from this DVD.
In addition, these were the first "Looney Toons" made by Warner Brothers. Bosko is the first character to have said "That's all folks!" at the end of a Looney Tune (Porky Pig took his place later). These cartoons plant some seeds for what would become the classic 40's Looney Tunes with Bugs Bunny and Daffy, et al. As the precursor to these classic toons, Bosko is important.
On the other hand, these are definitely cartoons from the 1930s. Musicals were HUGE then, and these cartoons are mostly musical in content. Of course, so were a lot of the early Mickey Mouse and Betty Boop cartoons. That was entertainment then. Nonetheless, the animation carries a lot of the show even today. They are still entertaining in their own way. If you enjoy music from the 20s and 30s (including the usual ubiquitous Jolson hits) then you'll be doubly happy.
Then there's the biggest reason we can tell they're from the 1930s: ethnic caricatures. In the first toon, "Bosko the Talk-Ink Kid", Bosko's voice is without doubt a caricature of an African-American boy. Then there's the undeniable fact, while watching "Congo Jazz", that the playful monkeys and apes have a striking resemblance to Bosko. Bosko's girlfriend is also without doubt a caricature (she also shares a lot of the characteristics of Minnie Mouse).
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By "howardj15" on December 5, 2000
This compilation of cartoons isn't going to appeal to everyone. In the early 30's, sound was still a novelty for animation, so most of these pictures could be considered musical novelties. "The Talk-ink Kid" was the pilot film Harman and Ising used to sell the series to Leon Schlesinger, and may be one of the earliest cartoons to synchronize the images to actual speech, which is of historical interest. Harman and Ising then proceeded to make Bosko seem as much like Mickey Mouse as possible (although he tends to look more like a blackface caricature, and even spoke in such a voice in "The Talk-ink Kid and "Sinkin' in the Bathtub"). If you can put them into their proper historical perspective, Bosko's cartoons are entertaining, yet derivative. As for their appeal to today's audiences, I doubt many people would make it to the end of this collection. It should also be noted that since these are public domain prints of these shorts, the picture and sound quality is not very good.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lee David Glover on July 26, 2002
The very first Warner Brothers cartoon star has finally arrived, straight to DVD. This makes this the first "Looney Tunes" DVD, although unofficially. Although we are still waiting for Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck to get their own DVDs, at least we can see how it all started.
The DVD starts with a unique find: the pilot film that was made to showcase Bosko as an all-talking cartoon star and to attract distribution from movie studios. It is a short live action/animated film, co-starring Bosko's co-creator Rudolph Ising. The audio quality is VERY primitive (it was made in 1929, 2 years after talking pictures were born!), with Bosko sounding different to his latter Mickey Mouse-type voice!
The first official cartoon, Sinkin' In The Bathtub, is also included. The cartoon has a lack of a story, but is very musical (so it should be, as sound was a novelty back then!) and very Disney-esque! This was to be the trend for the forthcoming Bosko cartoons, although all of the cartoons are enjoyable.
The DVD only ranks four stars in my opinion, as the cartoons are from the public domain, with lots of grain and print damage (although they are still watchable), with the beginning and end titles being replaced to hide the Warner Brothers logo (Warner did sell them off in the 1950's, but regained them in the late 1960's). To be fair, Bosko Video is providing a service to fans of classic american animation, and the chances of Warner Brothers releasing a DVD of pristine Bosko cartoons are virtually non-existant. This is the best we are ever going to get, and it's still an essential purchase for animation addicts everywhere!
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