Creator: Harman and Ising
Hugh Harman and Rudolf Ising
That's Hugh Harman on the left, and Rudy Ising on the right, pictured with creations Honey and Bosko, The Talk-Ink Kid
(both were born in 1903, but Harmon died first in 1982 while Ising died ten years laternote
) were former Walt Disney
employees, getting their start on series such as the Newman Laugh O Grams
, the Alice Comedies
and Oswald the Lucky Rabbit
, helping jump-start the Warner Bros. cartoon studio
in 1929, and they helped get MGM
's animation department off the ground. They were also the creators of Bosko, The Talk-Ink Kid
(and, more regrettably, Foxy
) as well as MGM's Happy Harmonies
, the Barney Bear
shorts, and many oneshot shorts
, including the anti-war short Peace on Earth
, one of The 50 Greatest Cartoons
. While barely remembered today (unless you're an animation historian, like Jerry Beck), they played a major role in shaping the events of The Golden Age of Animation
An interview with Hugh Harman, courtesy of Micheal Barrier, can be found here
, which gives much insight into his backstory, as well as his method of filmmaking and what he learned over the years of his career.
- Bosko, The Talk-Ink Kid (1929): A pilot film for Bosko that was only privately screened, but still exists today.
- Sinkin' in the Bathtub (1930): The official debut of the Looney Tunes franchise.
- Lady, Play Your Mandolin! (1931): The debut of the Merrie Melodies series.
- Good Little Monkeys: A memorable short in the Happy Harmonies series.
- The Old Mill Pond: A jazzy mood piece in the Harmonies series, and one of only three shorts that Hugh was proud of making.
- The Blue Danube: An MGM Oneshot Cartoon, centered around the eponymous waltz by Johann Strauss II. Also one of three shorts Hugh was proud of making.
- Peace on Earth: No. 40 of The 50 Greatest Cartoons, Academy Award nominee. Also the only cartoon to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. This short was considered by both fans and Hugh to be his best film.
- The Milky Way, which won the 1940 Academy Award for Best Animated Short.
- The Adventures of Sir Gee Whiz on the Other Side of the Moon: A 1960 TV pilot. Prominently featured on Cartoon Dump.
Trope Demonstrated by the Mere Existence of These Two:
- Punny Name: "Harman-Ising." HARMONIZING. They founded Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies as well as Happy Harmonies and their cartoons were early experiments of harmonizing sound to pictures.
Tropes Related To Them:
- Animation Bump: Later installments in the Happy Harmonies series, and it's successors in the MGM Oneshot Cartoons.
- Captain Ersatz: Bosko and Honey are obvious ersatzes of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. But neither of them are as shamelessly blatant as Foxy and Roxy, who were literally the same designs as Mickey and Minnie but with pointy ears and bushy tails. Walt himself quickly got wind of Foxy and personally told Rudy Ising to stop using the character.
- Creator Cameo: Rudy Ising plays himself as the cartoonist from the original 1929 Bosko pilot. He and other early Looney Tunes staffers also make cameos in the ending of "Ride Em, Bosko!".
- Heterosexual Life-Partners
- Woodland Creatures: Most of the Happy Harmonies shorts starred these.