Thursday, 27 October 2016

Dancing With Bosko

Hugh Harman really, really loved that little slide-step dance of Bosko’s. The animation was reused time and time again, such as in Bosko’s Picture Show (1933). Cubby Bear did the same dance when Harman got a sub-contract from Van Beuren. Then, when he took Bosko to MGM, he used the same animation there.

Here it is in Bosko’s Parlor Pranks (1934). He clomps to the left, then clomps to the right, then repeat.

And a couple of drawings from the slide, accompanied by a slide whistle.

One thing Harman didn’t have Bosko bring over from Warner Bros. was his shout to the audience “That’s all folks.” But it appears he thought about bringing over the ending where Bosko comes out from behind a wooden sign.

1 comment:

  1. Lots of cheater footage in this one, but it's really the last Hugh Harman cartoon that obsesses with trying to mimic the late 1920s-early 1930s Disney Mickey Mouse efforts, before the bigger MGM budgets led to Hugh obsessing with trying to mimic Walt's increase technological and drawing skill on the mid-to-late 1930s Silly Symphonies all the way through his 1941 departure from Metro.

    Old school Bosko would get one last hurrah in "Hey Hey Fever", but looks totally out of place in that one, because all the other characters are drawn in the newer, more realistic style Disney was moving towards and Harman was trying to copy.