The second Warners cartoon, following Sinkin' In
The Bathtub. Hugh Harman and Rudolph Ising did these for independent Leon
Schlesinger, who released through WB. Bosko was yet another character set loose
to dethrone Mickey Mouse. At least he's human, if rubbery and
of unspecified racial origin (but shouldn't animated figures constitute a race
all their own?). Bosko walks through the jungle and encounters beasts both
hostile and friendly, that being about all there is to it. Simplicity was
enough so long as sounds matched movement, the miracle of synchronization still
impressing customers two years after Steamboat Willie showed it could be done.
Harmon and Ising had been with Disney long enough to learn how to get along without
him. Personality clash with animators cost Walt no small part of staff in days
when he needed talent like H&I's, but WD was under daily stress and easily
lost patience with staff not rowing quick enough. Congo Jazz doesn't get around
to that music form till a final few minutes, but showed what WB's team could do
in the eternal struggle for cartoon dominance.