the Talk-Ink Kid"
Produced by - Hugh Harman and
Animator Rudy Ising
creates Bosko on his drawing board.
Sitting at his drawing
board, frustrated animator Rudolf Ising is trying to create a new cartoon
character. When one of his drawings comes to life, Rudy asks his new creation
for its name. "I'm Bosko, that's who I am! Nobody else except but!"
it replies. Rudy asks Bosko to demonstrate his talents, so Bosko begins
to tap dance. Bosko stops suddenly and looks into the camera, noticing
the audience. "Can you make 'em laugh?" Rudy asks. Bosko thinks
for a moment and asks Rudy to draw him a piano, on which Bosko performs
"Sonny Boy". At one point in the song Bosko's tongue sticks
out too far, forcing him to yank on one of his hairs to pull it back in.
A high note causes Bosko's head to shoot up like a coil, and he uses the
spinning piano stool to twist it back on. The next high note annoys Rudy,
who pins Bosko with the point of his pen, pulls him back in, and squirts
him into an inkwell. Bosko emerges from the inkwell and says "Well,
so long folks! See ya all later!"
- This is a pilot
film created by Hugh Harman and Rudolf Ising which was shown to Hollywood
distributors in 1929. It impressed Leon Schlesinger, who sold a series
of Bosko cartoons to Warner Bros. under the title "Looney Tunes".
- This is believed
to be the first cartoon with extensive synchronized speech. [TAF]
- "I'm just
out of the pen!"
Bosko, Vol. 1
VHS: Inside Termite Terrace, Vol. 1
Bosko, Vol. 1