is a series of animated cartoons distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
and produced by former Disney
and Warner Bros.
employees Hugh Harman and Rudolf Ising
between 1934 and 1938
Produced in Technicolor (although the first two were in Cinecolor), these cartoons were the duos answer to Walt Disney
's Silly Symphonies
. They would occasionally feature their star character Bosko
, a character who starred in the first Looney Tunes
shorts that the duo produced for Leon Schlesinger. After the first few releases, the design of Bosko changed from an ink blot to a realistic African American boy. 36 cartoons were made in this series.
Harman And Ising would also make many oneshot cartoons for MGM after this series folded
, which were still in a similar vein to this series, such as Peace on Earth
. A couple of Happy Harmonies shorts (Good Little Monkeys
and Little Cheeser
) spawned sequels even after the series was discontinued.
- The Discontented Canary (1934)
- The Old Pioneer (1934)
- Tales of the Vienna Woods (1934)
- Bosko's Parlor Pranks (1934)
- Toyland Broadcast (1934)
- Hey-Hey Fever (1935)
- When the Cat's Away (1935)
- The Lost Chick (1935)
- The Calico Dragon (1935): Academy Award nominee.
- Good Little Monkeys (1935)
- The Chinese Nightengale (1935)
- Poor Little Me (1935)
- Barnyard Babies (1935)
- The Old Plantation (1935)
- Honeyland (1935)
- Alias St. Nick (1935)
- Run, Sheep, Run (1935)
- Bottles (1936)
- The Early Bird and the Worm (1936)
- The Old Mill Pond (1936): Academy Award nominee.
- Two Little Pups (1936)
- The Old House (1936)
- The Pups' Picnic (1936)
- To Spring (1936): Notable for being the directorial debut of William Hanna.
- Little Cheeser (1936)
- The Pups' Christmas (1936)
- Circus Daze (1937)
- Swing Wedding AKA Hot Frogs (1937)
- Bosko's Easter Eggs (1937)
- Little Ol' Bosko and the Pirates (1937)
- The Hound And The Rabbit (1937)
- The Wayward Pups (1937)
- Little Ol' Bosko and the Cannibal (1937)
- Little Ol' Bosko in Bagdad (1938)
- Pipe Dreams (1938)
- The Little Bantamweight (1938)
- Affectionate Parody: Tex Avery would later lampoon "Poor Little Me" with his MGM cartoon "Little 'Tinker".
- All Just a Dream: The ending of "Bottles".
- Animation Bump: Later entries in the series.
- Art Evolution: Like Disney, the early cartoons were basically just more polished versions of their Warner Bros. cartoons, but art studies and research allowed their cartoons to get fairly close to what Disney was doing.
- Cats Are Mean: "The Discontented Canary", "When The Cat's Away", "Poor Little Me", "Little Cheeser" and "Alias St. Nick".
- Christmas Episode: "Alias St. Nick" and "The Pups Christmas".
- Dastardly Whiplash: The Simon Legree toy from "Old Plantation".
- Digital Destruction: Good quality restored prints exist of many of these shorts (both on the obscure Happy Harmonies laserdisc set, as well as airings on Cartoon Network) but "Hey Hey Fever" and "The Old Plantation" has some noticeable DVNR art-erasing in several parts of the cartoons.
- Disney Acid Sequence: In "Pipe Dreams", triggered after the Good Little Monkeys smoked the pipe.
- Everything's Nuttier With Squirrels: "The Lost Chick"
- Fat Cat: The bobcat in "Poor Little Me"
- Follow the Leader: Of course! The only studio that didn't try to imitate Disney's Silly Symphonies was the Terrytoons studio, after all.
- Good Angel, Bad Angel: "Little Cheeser"
- Hard Work Montage: The bulk of "To Spring" is built around this.
- Living Toys: "Toyland Broadcast"
- Mouse World: "When the Cat's Away", "Little Cheeser"
- Painting the Frost on Windows: The dwarves in "To Spring".
- Precious Puppies: The shorts starring the Two Little Pups.
- Public Domain Animation: The short "To Spring".
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Most shorts.
- Seldom Seen Species: The bobcat in "Poor Little Me."
- Shout-Out: In "Poor Little Me"; The bobcat's "I'll Be Glad When You're Dead, You Rascal You" ditty is a direct reference to the same song by Louis Armstrong.
- Smelly Skunk: In "Poor Little Me".
- Spiders Are Scary: The tarantula villain from "Honeyland", a very hairy, grotesque monstrosity.
- Spring Is Late: "To Spring"
- Stock Footage: "Bosko's Parlor Pranks" is basically nothing but recycled animation from the earlier Bosko cartoons, done by Harman And Ising in order to fulfill their yearly quota of shorts.
- When It Rains, It Pours: In the later part of "The Discontented Canary".
- Woodland Creatures: Starred in quite a few shorts.