History WesternAnimation / BoskoTheTalkInkKid

18th Jun '17 9:40:46 AM nombretomado
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Bosko was a success when he debuted and gave WaltDisney's MickeyMouse some good competition, but it all crumbled by 1933--Hugh Harman, who was known for holding a rivalry towards Walt, began relentlessly pushing for Leon Schlesinger to increase the budgets of the Boskos, in order to gain the upper hand over Disney; Leon refused to budge, resulting Hugh and Rudy deciding to pack up and leave for MGM, taking many of their staff, and the rights to Bosko, with them -- learning from Walt's debacle with [[WesternAnimation/OswaldTheLuckyRabbit Oswald]], the duo wisely made sure they owned Bosko in case somebody tried to screw them over. Leon quickly assembled a new team in an attempt to compensate for this loss, and having animator Earl Duvall creating a replacement for Bosko--Buddy, [[RecycledInSpace who was basically a whiteface version of him]]. Those shorts are noteworthy, if only for being some of the dullest, blandest, and crudest cartoons to ever come out of that time period -- in particular, the first short ''Buddy's Day Out'' was reportedly so bad that it nearly killed this new studio before it even got off the ground; it was Creator/FrizFreleng's timely return to the studio and reedit of the film that allowed the cartoon to receive approval, and thus allowing the studio to avoid going belly up.

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Bosko was a success when he debuted and gave WaltDisney's Creator/WaltDisney's MickeyMouse some good competition, but it all crumbled by 1933--Hugh Harman, who was known for holding a rivalry towards Walt, began relentlessly pushing for Leon Schlesinger to increase the budgets of the Boskos, in order to gain the upper hand over Disney; Leon refused to budge, resulting Hugh and Rudy deciding to pack up and leave for MGM, taking many of their staff, and the rights to Bosko, with them -- learning from Walt's debacle with [[WesternAnimation/OswaldTheLuckyRabbit Oswald]], the duo wisely made sure they owned Bosko in case somebody tried to screw them over. Leon quickly assembled a new team in an attempt to compensate for this loss, and having animator Earl Duvall creating a replacement for Bosko--Buddy, [[RecycledInSpace who was basically a whiteface version of him]]. Those shorts are noteworthy, if only for being some of the dullest, blandest, and crudest cartoons to ever come out of that time period -- in particular, the first short ''Buddy's Day Out'' was reportedly so bad that it nearly killed this new studio before it even got off the ground; it was Creator/FrizFreleng's timely return to the studio and reedit of the film that allowed the cartoon to receive approval, and thus allowing the studio to avoid going belly up.
27th May '17 4:23:35 PM NWolfman
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* RogerRabbitEffect: Bosco's very first short was of the animated character having a brief conversation with the cartoonist who drew him. It's even rumored to have been the very first example of this trope with synchronized sound.
6th Apr '17 9:39:39 PM nombretomado
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* CaptainErsatz: Bosko and his girlfriend Honey could well be considered the early studios answer to WesternAnimation/OswaldTheLuckyRabbit (and, by proxy, Mickey and Minnie Mouse)[[note]]It should be noted that Bosko's original copyright notice dates back as early as 1927, which would make him older than Mickey Mouse)[[/note]]. (along with Foxy and Roxy from Merrie Melodies...) His dog Bruno is also a blatant ersatz of PlutoThePup.

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* CaptainErsatz: Bosko and his girlfriend Honey could well be considered the early studios answer to WesternAnimation/OswaldTheLuckyRabbit (and, by proxy, Mickey and Minnie Mouse)[[note]]It should be noted that Bosko's original copyright notice dates back as early as 1927, which would make him older than Mickey Mouse)[[/note]]. (along with Foxy and Roxy from Merrie Melodies...) His dog Bruno is also a blatant ersatz of PlutoThePup.WesternAnimation/PlutoThePup.
31st Mar '17 7:43:52 PM nombretomado
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Meet the OswaldTheLuckyRabbit of WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes, ''Bosko, The Talk-Ink Kid'', the original, all but forgotten debut cartoon character of WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes. Created by ex-Disney employee Hugh Harman of the Creator/HarmanAndIsing duo, Bosko is, as his name tells, a "[[PunnyName talk-ink kid]]" -- or more specifically, an inkblot blackface character. His first appearance was in the short pilot [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcPlODOPRRg "Bosko, The Talk-Ink Kid"]] in 1929, and was noteworthy for being one of the earliest cartoons to feature properly synchronized sound and dialogue in a cartoon. However, his official theatrical debut (the pilot was never shown to the public) was in the original 1930 WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes short ''WesternAnimation/SinkinInTheBathtub''.

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Meet the OswaldTheLuckyRabbit WesternAnimation/OswaldTheLuckyRabbit of WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes, ''Bosko, The Talk-Ink Kid'', the original, all but forgotten debut cartoon character of WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes. Created by ex-Disney employee Hugh Harman of the Creator/HarmanAndIsing duo, Bosko is, as his name tells, a "[[PunnyName talk-ink kid]]" -- or more specifically, an inkblot blackface character. His first appearance was in the short pilot [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcPlODOPRRg "Bosko, The Talk-Ink Kid"]] in 1929, and was noteworthy for being one of the earliest cartoons to feature properly synchronized sound and dialogue in a cartoon. However, his official theatrical debut (the pilot was never shown to the public) was in the original 1930 WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes short ''WesternAnimation/SinkinInTheBathtub''.



Bosko was a success when he debuted and gave WaltDisney's MickeyMouse some good competition, but it all crumbled by 1933--Hugh Harman, who was known for holding a rivalry towards Walt, began relentlessly pushing for Leon Schlesinger to increase the budgets of the Boskos, in order to gain the upper hand over Disney; Leon refused to budge, resulting Hugh and Rudy deciding to pack up and leave for MGM, taking many of their staff, and the rights to Bosko, with them -- learning from Walt's debacle with [[OswaldTheLuckyRabbit Oswald]], the duo wisely made sure they owned Bosko in case somebody tried to screw them over. Leon quickly assembled a new team in an attempt to compensate for this loss, and having animator Earl Duvall creating a replacement for Bosko--Buddy, [[RecycledInSpace who was basically a whiteface version of him]]. Those shorts are noteworthy, if only for being some of the dullest, blandest, and crudest cartoons to ever come out of that time period -- in particular, the first short ''Buddy's Day Out'' was reportedly so bad that it nearly killed this new studio before it even got off the ground; it was Creator/FrizFreleng's timely return to the studio and reedit of the film that allowed the cartoon to receive approval, and thus allowing the studio to avoid going belly up.

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Bosko was a success when he debuted and gave WaltDisney's MickeyMouse some good competition, but it all crumbled by 1933--Hugh Harman, who was known for holding a rivalry towards Walt, began relentlessly pushing for Leon Schlesinger to increase the budgets of the Boskos, in order to gain the upper hand over Disney; Leon refused to budge, resulting Hugh and Rudy deciding to pack up and leave for MGM, taking many of their staff, and the rights to Bosko, with them -- learning from Walt's debacle with [[OswaldTheLuckyRabbit [[WesternAnimation/OswaldTheLuckyRabbit Oswald]], the duo wisely made sure they owned Bosko in case somebody tried to screw them over. Leon quickly assembled a new team in an attempt to compensate for this loss, and having animator Earl Duvall creating a replacement for Bosko--Buddy, [[RecycledInSpace who was basically a whiteface version of him]]. Those shorts are noteworthy, if only for being some of the dullest, blandest, and crudest cartoons to ever come out of that time period -- in particular, the first short ''Buddy's Day Out'' was reportedly so bad that it nearly killed this new studio before it even got off the ground; it was Creator/FrizFreleng's timely return to the studio and reedit of the film that allowed the cartoon to receive approval, and thus allowing the studio to avoid going belly up.



* CaptainErsatz: Bosko and his girlfriend Honey could well be considered the early studios answer to OswaldTheLuckyRabbit (and, by proxy, Mickey and Minnie Mouse)[[note]]It should be noted that Bosko's original copyright notice dates back as early as 1927, which would make him older than Mickey Mouse)[[/note]]. (along with Foxy and Roxy from Merrie Melodies...) His dog Bruno is also a blatant ersatz of PlutoThePup.

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* CaptainErsatz: Bosko and his girlfriend Honey could well be considered the early studios answer to OswaldTheLuckyRabbit WesternAnimation/OswaldTheLuckyRabbit (and, by proxy, Mickey and Minnie Mouse)[[note]]It should be noted that Bosko's original copyright notice dates back as early as 1927, which would make him older than Mickey Mouse)[[/note]]. (along with Foxy and Roxy from Merrie Melodies...) His dog Bruno is also a blatant ersatz of PlutoThePup.



* FlatCharacter: Bosko is a rascally little fellow, but like [[OswaldTheLuckyRabbit the character he was inspired by]], he's still rather nondescript in personality. Moreso with his successor Buddy, though, who took whatever exciting qualities Bosko had (namely his dancing and singing skills and impossible cartoon antics) and replaced them with a bland as wheat goodie-two shoes boy.

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* FlatCharacter: Bosko is a rascally little fellow, but like [[OswaldTheLuckyRabbit [[WesternAnimation/OswaldTheLuckyRabbit the character he was inspired by]], he's still rather nondescript in personality. Moreso with his successor Buddy, though, who took whatever exciting qualities Bosko had (namely his dancing and singing skills and impossible cartoon antics) and replaced them with a bland as wheat goodie-two shoes boy.
19th Mar '17 12:18:57 PM nombretomado
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Due to the characters roots and the nature of his cartoons coming off as rather quaint in contrast to the more iconic Looney Tunes, Bosko has remained in limbo for decades; his cartoons very rarely air on TV, save for the earliest days of television (when the first package of ''Looney Tunes'' shorts were initially released to television) and on {{Nickelodeon}} in the late 80s and 90s (they weren't very popular there, either. When Nick dropped the Bosko cartoons from their Loony Tunes catalog, they lampshaded it in a commercial, saying "No more Bosko. Sorry Bosko!"); fortunately, 25 of his 37 Warners shorts have made their way into the PublicDomain, and many of his cartoons have appeared in the ''Looney Tunes Golden Collection'' series. The character also made a brief comeback in the ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' episode ''Fields Of Honey'' (albeit with a mild redesign to look more like the dog-esque characters of the then upcoming ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}''). Buddy, his ne'er-do-well successor, would get a few of his own shorts released on DVD as well, and he would also make an appearance in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', ''The Warners 65th Anniversary Special'', in a scheme to get revenge on the trio, who in their universe were responsible for destroying Buddy's (in real life, non-existent) stardom. ([[TakeThatScrappy Specifically, they were brought in to spice up his boring cartoons by whacking him in the head with a mallet over and over.]])

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Due to the characters roots and the nature of his cartoons coming off as rather quaint in contrast to the more iconic Looney Tunes, Bosko has remained in limbo for decades; his cartoons very rarely air on TV, save for the earliest days of television (when the first package of ''Looney Tunes'' shorts were initially released to television) and on {{Nickelodeon}} {{Creator/Nickelodeon}} in the late 80s and 90s (they weren't very popular there, either. When Nick dropped the Bosko cartoons from their Loony Tunes catalog, they lampshaded it in a commercial, saying "No more Bosko. Sorry Bosko!"); fortunately, 25 of his 37 Warners shorts have made their way into the PublicDomain, and many of his cartoons have appeared in the ''Looney Tunes Golden Collection'' series. The character also made a brief comeback in the ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' episode ''Fields Of Honey'' (albeit with a mild redesign to look more like the dog-esque characters of the then upcoming ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}''). Buddy, his ne'er-do-well successor, would get a few of his own shorts released on DVD as well, and he would also make an appearance in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', ''The Warners 65th Anniversary Special'', in a scheme to get revenge on the trio, who in their universe were responsible for destroying Buddy's (in real life, non-existent) stardom. ([[TakeThatScrappy Specifically, they were brought in to spice up his boring cartoons by whacking him in the head with a mallet over and over.]])
23rd Jun '16 8:52:15 PM nombretomado
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Due to the characters roots and the nature of his cartoons coming off as rather quaint in contrast to the more iconic Looney Tunes, Bosko has remained in limbo for decades; his cartoons very rarely air on TV, save for the earliest days of television (when the first package of ''Looney Tunes'' shorts were initially released to television) and on {{Nickelodeon}} in the late 80s and 90s (they weren't very popular there, either. When Nick dropped the Bosko cartoons from their Loony Tunes catalog, they lampshaded it in a commercial, saying "No more Bosko. Sorry Bosko!"); fortunately, 25 of his 37 Warners shorts have made their way into the PublicDomain, and many of his cartoons have appeared in the ''Looney Tunes Golden Collection'' series. The character also made a brief comeback in the ''TinyToonAdventures'' episode ''Fields Of Honey'' (albeit with a mild redesign to look more like the dog-esque characters of the then upcoming ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}''). Buddy, his ne'er-do-well successor, would get a few of his own shorts released on DVD as well, and he would also make an appearance in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', ''The Warners 65th Anniversary Special'', in a scheme to get revenge on the trio, who in their universe were responsible for destroying Buddy's (in real life, non-existent) stardom. ([[TakeThatScrappy Specifically, they were brought in to spice up his boring cartoons by whacking him in the head with a mallet over and over.]])

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Due to the characters roots and the nature of his cartoons coming off as rather quaint in contrast to the more iconic Looney Tunes, Bosko has remained in limbo for decades; his cartoons very rarely air on TV, save for the earliest days of television (when the first package of ''Looney Tunes'' shorts were initially released to television) and on {{Nickelodeon}} in the late 80s and 90s (they weren't very popular there, either. When Nick dropped the Bosko cartoons from their Loony Tunes catalog, they lampshaded it in a commercial, saying "No more Bosko. Sorry Bosko!"); fortunately, 25 of his 37 Warners shorts have made their way into the PublicDomain, and many of his cartoons have appeared in the ''Looney Tunes Golden Collection'' series. The character also made a brief comeback in the ''TinyToonAdventures'' ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' episode ''Fields Of Honey'' (albeit with a mild redesign to look more like the dog-esque characters of the then upcoming ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}''). Buddy, his ne'er-do-well successor, would get a few of his own shorts released on DVD as well, and he would also make an appearance in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', ''The Warners 65th Anniversary Special'', in a scheme to get revenge on the trio, who in their universe were responsible for destroying Buddy's (in real life, non-existent) stardom. ([[TakeThatScrappy Specifically, they were brought in to spice up his boring cartoons by whacking him in the head with a mallet over and over.]])



* [[TinyToonAdventures Fields of Honey]]: Makes a redesigned appearance with Honey.
* [[TinyToonAdventures Two-Tone Town]]: Original design appears as a background easter egg in the Town.

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* [[TinyToonAdventures [[WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures Fields of Honey]]: Makes a redesigned appearance with Honey.
* [[TinyToonAdventures [[WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures Two-Tone Town]]: Original design appears as a background easter egg in the Town.



* TheCameo: Bosko in his original design makes cameos (albeit not in person) in "Space Jam" and the TinyToonAdventures episode "Two-Tone Town".

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* TheCameo: Bosko in his original design makes cameos (albeit not in person) in "Space Jam" and the TinyToonAdventures WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures episode "Two-Tone Town".



* DogFace: his look in TinyToonAdventures.

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* DogFace: his look in TinyToonAdventures.WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures.
7th Feb '16 2:18:32 PM nombretomado
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* TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation
24th Dec '15 11:23:42 AM ryanasaurus0077
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* Bosko's Parlor Pranks: First appearance of Bosko in an {{MGM}} cartoon, as part of the ''Happy Harmonies series''. Consists almost entirely of colorized StockFootage from previous Bosko shorts.

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* Bosko's Parlor Pranks: First appearance of Bosko in an {{MGM}} cartoon, as part of the ''Happy Harmonies series''.''HappyHarmonies'' series. Consists almost entirely of colorized StockFootage from previous Bosko shorts.
23rd Dec '15 11:35:40 PM Adept
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* Bosko's Parlor Pranks: First appearance of Bosko in an {{MGM}} cartoon, as part of the ''HappyHarmonies series''. Consists almost entirely of colorized StockFootage from previous Bosko shorts.

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* Bosko's Parlor Pranks: First appearance of Bosko in an {{MGM}} cartoon, as part of the ''HappyHarmonies ''Happy Harmonies series''. Consists almost entirely of colorized StockFootage from previous Bosko shorts.



** The first scene of Bosko chasing after the bear in "Run, Sheep, Run!" is traced off of a scene late in the HappyHarmonies short "Tales of the Vienna Woods".

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** The first scene of Bosko chasing after the bear in "Run, Sheep, Run!" is traced off of a scene late in the HappyHarmonies Happy Harmonies short "Tales of the Vienna Woods".
23rd Dec '15 11:34:29 PM Adept
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At MGM, Bosko became a recurring star of Harman And Ising's ''HappyHarmonies'' series of shorts. He initially retained his inkblot design in his first two appearances; "Bosko's Parlor Pranks" and "Hey Hey Fever", but this design and his original characterization (or [[FlatCharacter lack thereof]]) were scrapped in favor of an African-American kid with a curious personality, [[InNameOnly sharing only the original name of Bosko]]. While the new Boskos were lavishly animated and featured impressive craftsmanship, they often suffered from weak gags and overbearing, mawkish sentimentality, not to mention very sluggish pacing, and as such, the character failed to regain any of his original popularity, and vanished altogether after a handful of shorts.

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At MGM, Bosko became a recurring star of Harman And Ising's ''HappyHarmonies'' ''WesternAnimation/HappyHarmonies'' series of shorts. He initially retained his inkblot design in his first two appearances; "Bosko's Parlor Pranks" and "Hey Hey Fever", but this design and his original characterization (or [[FlatCharacter lack thereof]]) were scrapped in favor of an African-American kid with a curious personality, [[InNameOnly sharing only the original name of Bosko]]. While the new Boskos were lavishly animated and featured impressive craftsmanship, they often suffered from weak gags and overbearing, mawkish sentimentality, not to mention very sluggish pacing, and as such, the character failed to regain any of his original popularity, and vanished altogether after a handful of shorts.
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