Bosko in Person (1933)

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Bosko in Person is a 1933 animated short film from the Looney Tunes series. It is a very divisive short in my opinion.

This is basically one giant vaudeville performance starring Bosko and Honey. And it entirely hinges on such a premise. I myself am not a big fan of vaudeville so I wasn’t thriller with this episode personally. But I can see others loving it as it truly does have a couple of very inventive and amusing moments from both of these fun characters.

But to me those moments were sparse and most of the film wasn’t as inventive as you would hope from such a premise. It is also very much of its time and half of the jokes I didn’t even get as I am not as familiar with the 30s culture as I should be. That was certainly a problem that prevented me from enjoying it more.

Bosko in Person is certainly inventive at times, but mostly not enough and it is a film that you either love or don’t care for and I fall in the latter category.

 My Rating – 3.3

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One Step Ahead of My Shadow (1933)

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One Step Ahead of My Shadow is a 1933 animated short film from the Merry Melodies series. It is a very disturbing movie.

It follows several Chinese men who dance around until a dragon attacks them. Now this is a typically musically oriented Merry Melody that is lacking in characterization and plot. But it does feature an interesting Chinese setting which was very refreshing to witness. And it isn’t as racist as I thought it would be. I loved the animation and this is probably the best animated Merry Melody so far! The imagery is beautiful and they perfectly recreated their customs, clothing and architecture.

But there is one thing here that almost traumatized me. In one final scene, a dynamite goes into a fish bowl and after it explodes, we see two fish still swimming around, but now as skeletons. Yes, that actually happened here! Wow, I was left speechless. I know that Merry Melodies and Looney Tunes certainly did have a strong edge during the thirties and afterwards as well, but this was just too much. And it was presented as a gag? To me it wasn’t funny at all, but just unnecessarily brutal.

One Step Ahead of My Shadow is beautifully animated and featuring an excellent Chinese setting, but it also has a “gag” that was unnecessarily brutal and just too much.

 My Rating – 3.7

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Bosko in Dutch (1933)

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Bosko in Dutch is a 1933 animated short film from the Looney Tunes series. It is a solid and interesting, but uneven entry.

I will first state the problems here. For a self-proclaimed Dutch title, there isn’t anything Dutch in it until the second half of the film. That was a problem. Actually the entire first half in and of itself is problematic as it basically sees Bosko ice skating accompanied with typical music of its time and that was just not particularly entertaining.

But the second half is so good that it saves the movie. I loved the use of Dutch shoes, I loved Bosko and Honey and their dance sequences were charming and I really liked the final action sequence because of just one thing which is that help sign. That was such an unexpectedly inventive and funny moment that was the defining part of the entire film.

Bosko in Dutch has a weaker first half, but the second half is charming and quite inventive in its one very amusing moment.

 My Rating – 3.8

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Bosko’s Woodland Daze (1932)

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 Bosko’s Woodland Daze is a 1932 animated short film from the Looney Tunes series. It is imaginative, but not as great as it could have been.

Bosko is out in the woods with his dog Bruno and falls asleep while the dog plays around. He has a nightmare and eventually wakes up. The nightmare itself had a couple of very memorable moments in it, but should have been much longer in length. The film does have an odd structure and a thorough lack of focus which is something the series has been struggling with from the start.

I loved Bruno, he was so endearing here, albeit not as well utilized as he usually is. The dream was memorable and of course the conclusion is amusing. I loved the animation here which is very imaginative and with some striking imagery. The score was also really good. The film is definitely authentic, yet disappointing as it could have been much better had it had a bit of focus.

Bosko’s Woodland Daze lacks in terms of the structure, but is quite intriguing in its imagery and sometimes endearing.

 My Rating – 3.7

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Three’s a Crowd (1932)

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 Three’s a Crowd is a 1932 animated short film from the Merry Melodies series. It is such an inventive entry.

This is an innovative cartoon as it consists of various literary characters popping out of their books and becoming alive. Alice is pursued by Mr. Hyde until Tarzan eventually saves her from him. I loved the animation here, very well realized. The character designs were top-notch and all of these famous characters look great. I also really liked how they were portrayed and the action was fine.

But it is still a disappointing short because there isn’t enough of literary characters used and they could have had some more memorable ones. The score is also not great and the humor is lacking. I found the titular number to be a pretty forgettable song that was used a lot, yet was weak.

Three’s a Crowd features one of a kind storyline, but the execution is not the greatest owing to a weak humor and score.

 My Rating – 3.8

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Bosko’s Dizzy Date (1932)

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Bosko’s Dizzy Date is a 1932 animated short film from the Looney Tunes series. It is a solid, yet quite forgettable Bosko/Honey outing.

As these two go, I’ve seen much better films. It is still solid and it has some really funny scenes, but overall it is never as hilarious or as entertaining or as charming as you would come to expect from the duo. I found the entire first third or so quite dull, uninspired and uneventful as the core lies in the second half.

I loved the scene where Wilbur the cat mocks Honey’s singing. That was absolutely hilarious. Again the film lacks focus and there is a lot going on towards the end, but most of that action was fun such as the ending where Honey is quite amusing. Bosko is likable here and the two are fun, but never as charming as they usually are.

Bosko’s Dizzy Date has a couple of excellent scenes, but mostly doesn’t utilize its pairing particularly well.

 My Rating – 3.5

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A Great Big Bunch of You (1932)

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A Great Big Bunch of You is a 1932 animated short film from the Merry Melodies series. It is a weak short.

After a string of successful, excellent entries, A Great Big Bunch of You breaks that glorious turn with a very weak film with an interesting setting and characters, but they are dull and never well developed at all. I found the film good in terms of the technical aspects such as animation and of course score and sound effects, but it was slight in terms of the story and characters.

It is another one of those Merry Melodies that feature an interesting scenario and intriguing characters, but because it relies heavily on music and boring movements, they never did anything truly authentic or memorable with them so the film ended up being disappointing and quite boring to be honest

A Great Big Bunch of You is well made, but ultimately dull and disappointing in execution.

 My Rating – 3.2

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Bosko the Drawback (1932)

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Bosko the Drawback is a 1932 animated short film from the Looney Tunes series. It if a flawed short not without its moments.

Whenever you have a sports-oriented cartoon, I am bound to get bored as I dislike them so much. And here we follow Bosko as he prepares for a big football match and the entire second half with the game itself was dull, too crowded and overloud. Nothing there was even remotely interesting to me and the ending isn’t the greatest too.

However, the film was pretty solid up to that game. The first half had a couple of comedic gems and surely enough the preparation was the real scene stealer here. I loved how that doctor or something prepared Bosko by kicking him in the legs and butt. I love the surreal, goofy humor of the Looney Tunes and that scene featured that in abundance.

Overall, it has its moments in the first half, but the second half is dull making Bosko the Drawback a disappointing cartoon.

 My Rating – 3.5

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I Wish I Had Wings (1932)

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 I Wish I Had Wings is a 1932 animated short film from the Merry Melodies series. It is one of the finest Merry Melodies thus far.

It is about a chicken who wish he could fly. I really enjoyed this cartoon because it is filled with a high number of memorable sequences. One of those has to be the chicken chasing the worm at the beginning. The worm kicking the bird was so funny. But of course the entire third act is also great and the titular song is a lot of fun.

The second act is definitely lacking and the film is structurally uneven, but the humor is of the best variety and it made me laugh a couple of times. Also, the animation is top-notch and the singing voice, though odd for the bird, is great and the song is excellent. The film is technically polished and consistently fun and I want more of this type of film from the series and I hope I’ll get more soon.

I Wish I Had Wings is so much fun with excellent score and song along with a couple of funny scenes.

 My Rating – 3.9

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Ride Him, Bosko! (1932)

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 Ride Him, Bosko! is a 1932 animated short film from the Looney Tunes series. It is a solid, if typical entry.

This is a pretty typical Looney Tune with a familiar storyline and a pretty tired western setting. The major problem is the lack of focus and the pacing which is all over the place. I liked its parts, but as a whole, it doesn’t quite work. The highlights are Bosko and his scenes because Honey isn’t the best this time around.

I liked the chases and I really liked the action here. Of course the music is great because the song When the Bloom is on the Sage is just such a catchy, entertaining number. The use of some fine locations and high-octane action definitely helped the film in the long run as well as refined animation and score.

Ride Him, Bosko! lacks focus and isn’t great as a whole, but in some of the parts it is excellent with great action sequences and music.

 My Rating – 3.6

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