Little Ol’ Bosko in Bagdad

Posted: April 18, 2010 in Misc Thoughts
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This is an MGM cartoon from 1938 and is the final Bosko cartoon. It;s amazing how much Bosko changed from a decade earlier when he and his creators Rudy Ising and Hugh Harmon were at Warner Bros. and he launched the Looney Tunes. Bosko has become so obscure now that it is relatively unknown that he actually launched two cartoon studios, Warner Bros. and MGM and without Bosko there would have been no Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Daffy Duck, Tom & Jerry or Droopy. Bosko started as the Talk Ink Kid and was not really an African-American stereotype but a creation of Rudy Ising.

It was not until he came to MGM that he was more identifiable as a black kid.

I really like the Harmon & Ising cartoons of this period and think that the animation is almost on a par with the stuff that Disney was producing at the time. In today’s society the black stereotype is quite unsavory but we must remember that this is a product of its time. I’d love for Warners (who own the MGM cartoons) to release some of the Happy Harmonies onto DVD but I know that this won’t happen as they do not value the MGM cartoons as much as the Looney Tunes that they own. (Sad but true!)

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