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Title Card "Battling Bosko"
Looney Tunes (Bosko title #1)
Released: February 6, 1932
Length: 6:47
Starring: Bosko and Honey

Credits:

Supervision by - Hugh Harman
Drawn by - Isadore Freleng, Paul Smith
Musical Score by - Frank Marsales


Summary:

Bosko boxes.

Description:

Bosko is practicing his boxing skills on a punching bag, preparing for his upcoming fight. Not only does he use his fists but his bottom and his feet as well. Meanwhile, Honey is reading a newspaper headline that reads "Bosko to Fight Champion". "What a man!" Honey shouts, as she puts down the paper and turns on the radio. The radio announcer is plugging the upcoming fight, and his comment that Bosko may be in for a beating does not sit well with Honey. Meanwhile, Bosko's opponent, "Gas House Harry", is also practicing in front of a crowd of admirers. Back at his gym, Bosko gets a phone call from Honey. She expresses her hope that Bosko doesn't get hurt, so Bosko starts singing a song about his boxing prowess, as Honey accompanies on her piano. "Oh boy! If you can fight like you can sing..." she exclaims. "Just watch me tonight, Honey!" Bosko replies. The night of the fight arrives, and hundreds of people are arriving from trolley cars and other, more oddball means of transportation. Back in her house, Honey is listening to radio announcer "Graham Cracker" give his account of the match. The champ enters the arena, followed by Bosko, again touting his abilities in song ("I'm a hot-shot guy called Bosko, come and watch me do my stuff!"). Bosko enters the ring by dancing on the ropes, and hopping off into his corner. Gas House Harry is also in his corner, laughing maniacally. The referee introduces the fighters, and the starting bell is rung. One punch from the champ sends Bosko bouncing off all the ropes, then he hits his head on the fight bell and ends the round! Bosko's canine corner man drags him back to the corner, fans him with a towel, then sprays his face, armpits, and crotch with perfume (this causes Bosko to giggle like a little girl). The next round begins, and a lucky punch by Bosko sends the champ's ship tattoo sinking into the sea. As they continue to fight, the ostrich referee tries to push the two fighters apart, but suddenly all three start prancing off hand-in-hand, and just as suddenly Bosko and the champ play patty-cake and sock the referee simultaneously. "C'mon Bosko!" yells a hippo in the audience, while back home Honey listens intently to the fight broadcast, reacting to each blow. The champ pummels Bosko like a punching bag, finally sending him flying across the ring. Bosko is down and the referee starts his count. Honey hears this and runs off with her dog to the arena. She arrives at the count of 13 (!), and yells "Bosko! Speak to me!". Bosko sits up in a daze, yells "Aww, utsnay!", then pulls the canvas over him like a blanket and goes to sleep.


Notes:

  • Some of the fans seen arriving at the fight (on top of a trolley car) were last seen arriving at a horse race in Ups 'N Downs (on top of a cow).
  • Heard on the soundtrack: "Turkey in the Straw", "The Shanty Where Santy Claus Lives",and "Dance of the Cuckoos" (during the prancing sequence). [LT&MM]

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Video Availability:

VHS: Uncensored Bosko, Vol. 1
DVD: Uncensored Bosko, Volume 1

 

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