Western Animation: Sinkin' in the Bathtub

"Hello, Bosko!" (giggles)
"Guess what I g-g-g-got for you, Honey!" (holds out flowers, goat eats them and Bosko starts sobbing)
"Don't cry, Bosko! I still love ya!"
—The first (and handful) of lines in the cartoon.

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.

Tropin' in the Bathtub:

  • 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).
  • Animation Bump: The climatic scene where Bosko is being chased by his own car down the hill is animated with the background moving in perspective.
  • 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. Also, Bosko speaks in a blackface dialect.
  • 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".
  • The Quiet One: Despite being the first publicly released sound cartoon from Warner Bros., Bosko and Honey are given very little dialogue. The only lines of dialogue include the top quotes, Bosko yelling "Hey!" and "Mammy!", and the ending title where Bosko says "Thats All, Folks!"
  • Random Events Plot: Bosko takes a bath and drives his car to Honey's house, invites her for a date and drive. Hilarity Ensues soon after.
  • Shout-Out: When Bosko is running away from his car down the hill, he looks towards the screen and yells "MAMMY!", an obvious reference to the most famous scene of The Jazz Singer.
  • Sentient Vehicle: Bosko's car, at least when it first appears.
  • That's All, Folks!: In the ending titles, Bosko says these words for the very first time in the franchise.
  • Toilet Humor: Bosko's car coming out of outhouse with it's fanny flap down, revealing it's bare butt.
  • Visual Pun: When Bosko and his own car are tiptoeing amongst the flowers, the song playing is "Tiptoe Through the Tulips".
    • And of course, "I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles" plays when Honey dumps her bathwater into Bosko's saxophone, which turns it into a bubble making instrument.

Alternative Title(s):

Sinkin In The Bathtub