Western Animation: Sinkin' in the Bathtub
Sinkin In The Bathtub is the very first short in the Looney Tunes series, released in 1930, starring Bosko, The Talk-Ink Kid and made by Hugh Harman And Rudolph Ising for Warner Bros. However, this was not the first appearance of Bosko — he first popped up in this unreleased pilot.The plot, if it can be called that, starts with Bosko taking a shower, approriately whistling to the tune of "Singing in the Bathtub". After some antics in the tub, along with the tub coming to life and ripping apart toilet paper, Bosko goes for a ride in his car to visit his sweetheart Honey. After a bit of serenading, they go off for a afternoon ride, and Hilarity Ensues.This short is in the Public Domain and can be viewed here.
This cartoon provides examples of:
- Alternate Company Equivalent: In addition to everything else, "Singin' in the Bathtub" was Warner Bros. ' response to MGM's "Singin' in the Rain" (written in 1929, years before the Gene Kelly movie).
- Barbie Doll Anatomy: No genitals are seen.
- Early Installment Weirdness: None of the trademarks of Warner Brothers' animation are present here. It's a typical and almost unnotable 1930s cartoon.
- Flat Character: Bosko, obviously.
- Looney Tunes In The Thirties: The cartoon that launched their empire.
- Mickey Mousing: Being an early sound cartoon, this is to be expected.
- Public Domain Animation: The entire cartoon is in public domain.
- Public Domain Soundtrack: The copyright of the songs has long been expired.
- Pun-Based Title: On "Singin' in the Bathtub".
- Random Events Plot: Bosko takes a bath and drives his car.
- Sentient Vehicle: Bosko's car, at least when it first appears.
- Toilet Humor: Bosko's car coming out of outhouse with it's fanny flap down, revealing it's bare butt.