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Bosko's Picture Show (Looney Tunes)
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THE DIRTY...well, you know.
Series: Looney Tunes
Episode Number: 64
Air Date: August 26, 1933
Director: Hugh Harman
Friz Freleng
Previous episode: "Bosko the Musketeer"
Next episode: "We're in the Money"


Bosko's Picture Show is a 1933 Looney Tunes short directed by Hugh Harman & Friz Freleng, It is the last appearance of Bosko & Honey in a Looney Tunes & WB cartoon before they were taken over to MGM.

Plot

Bosko runs a movie theater that shows a wacky newsreel with Jack Dumpsey, a slapstick short from Haurel and Lardy, and a turn-of-the-century melodrama starring Honey.

Bad Qualities

  1. Let's get this cat out of the bag, shall we? Bosko calls the movie villain a "dirty hawk", but for reasons of voice quality, it rather sounds like he has dropped the F-bomb.
  2. The pacing is a little slow.
  3. The scene where Adolf Hitler chases Jimmy Durante with an axe also sparked controversy with Bosko's infamous-heard line, as it could be offensive to Jews, victims & survivors of the Holocaust.
  4. The design of the Marx Brothers look ugly and unappealing.
  5. Bosko's voice is kind of unfitting, as the voice actors also had a hard time voicing him after "Sinkin' in the Bathtub", the first Looney Tunes cartoon.
  6. Some of the gags & jokes are bland and simplistic, like Honey breaking the fourth wall.
  7. They tried to think to the viewers of the new generation that Bosko said "That dirty fox!" in the captions, when it possibly failed and this episode would later get banned from television.
  8. It ended Bosko and Honey's role as the main stars in the series on a whimper (not a big whimper though). They would be replaced with their notoriously bland whitewashed counterparts, Buddy & Cookie, both of whom would appear in the next Looney Tunes short, "Buddy's Day Out".

Good Qualities

  1. Some of the jokes & gags were funny, like the pie-face gag, or the fourth wall break, while still on BQ 6.
  2. Thankfully, the profane word was changed to "The dirty cur!" when the episode was aired on Nickelodeon. It would also be noted in the captions that Bosko said ”fox” instead of the F-word, albeit not great (see on BQ 7).
  3. The animation is passable for 1933 standards.

Trivia

  • The "Furtilizer" organ is a play on the name Wurlitzer, as Wurlitzer pipe organs were regularly used in theaters of the time.
  • Bosko pulls a lever that makes the sound of a toilet flushing, and gives the audience a sly look when he does this. Back when this cartoon was released, depictions of toilets were generally considered taboo.

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