Looney Tunes (Bosko title #1)
Released: October 17, 1931
Supervision by - Hugh Harman
Drawn By - Rollin Hamilton,
Musical Score by - Frank Marsales
the horrors of war.
Machine guns are firing
and bombs are exploding all around. A cannon that is hit by fire gasps
for its final breaths. A bird gets shot, leaving a giant hole in its body;
it salutes before its body plunges into a pool of water. An army band
is marching along when it is hit, leaving three soldiers marching in their
underwear. Bosko is enjoying a meal in his foxhole, until a shell explodes
right in his food. Bosko resorts to eating cheese from a mouse trap. Bosko
grows lonesome and pulls out a picture of Honey, which he manages to kiss
before a shell goes right through Honey's head. "I'll get you!"
Bosko shouts as he tries to leave his foxhole, but gunfire bounces off
his helmet and sends him crashing down. A horse comes by with a harmonica,
tells Bosko to "Cheer up, buddy!", and he and Bosko proceed
to dance on wooden planks, playing them like a giant xylophone. A sleeping
dog soldier gets a rude awakening when a little flea pulls down his pants
and bites him. He runs outside and begins scratching himself. Bosko takes
the dog's helmet and holds in outside the foxhole, causing it to be riddled
by gunfire. Bosko hands the helmet back to the dog, who now uses it to
scratch himself, causing dozens of fleas to escape his body. Cannon fire
begins raining down on Bosko's foxhole. A bird pulls out a bugle and calls
the men to attention, but the bugle and then the bird are blown to bits.
Bosko climbs half-way up a ladder leading out of his foxhole, but an explosion
leaves only Bosko and the ladder standing in the middle of a crater. A
dog soldier points out a bomber up above -- actually it's a pelican ridden
by a tiny mouse. The mouse pulls on the pelican's tail, causing a bomb
to drop out of its mouth, which explodes by Bosko and sends the dog soldier
into a tree. Bosko grabs a cannonball and drops it down the mouth of the
dog, who Bosko then uses like a slingshot to shoot to cannonball back
towards the bird. The bird is hit, and it crashes to the ground in flames.
As Bosko and the dog soldier laugh, machine gun fire shoots out the torso
of the dog, leaving him much shorter as he runs away. Bosko then charges
ahead through the gunfire and jumps into the hole of a hippo soldier.
Bosko peeks over the hole and again gunfire bounces off his helmet. The
gunfire is coming from two little birds in a nest with a machine gun.
The hippo shouts "I'll get 'em, buddy" and charges ahead, only
to have a cannonball shot into his mouth. "They got me Bosko, they
got me," the hippo cries, to which Bosko responds "I'll save
you pal!". Bosko grabs a pair of long underwear and ties it to a
stick, and holds them overhead until they catch a cannonball. The long
underwear get up and run to the cannon, dropping the cannonball out of
its rear hatch just as it explodes, destroying the cannon. Bosko runs
up to his friend and removes the cannonball by unzipping the hippo's stomach.
The cannonball explodes, leaving Bosko in blackface and shouting "mammy!"
- Heard on the soundtrack:
"Am I Blue". [LT&MM]
Bosko, Vol. 1
Bosko, Volume 1