"Sinkin' in the Bathtub" (1930) Breakdown Thread

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"Sinkin' in the Bathtub" (1930) Breakdown Thread

Postby Jon Cooke » Fri Jan 28, 2011 9:30 am

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Animated by Isadore Freleng
Musical Score by Frank Marsales
Release Date: April, 1930

Synopsis: Bosko is singing in his bathtub before he hops in his car to pick up his girlfriend, Honey, for their big date. After some musical interludes, the two are off on a runaway car ride.

Video Availability:
Looney Tunes Golden Collection, Vol. 3 DVD - Disc 2: bonus features (WHV; 2005)
Uncensored Bosko, Vol. 1 DVD (Image Entertainment; 2000)

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Brian Cruz's LT Early Years Page
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Postby Jon Cooke » Fri Jan 28, 2011 9:32 am

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Release Date

Postby Jon Cooke » Fri Jan 28, 2011 9:40 am

Various sources list different release dates for this cartoon.

Michael Barrier's Hollywood Cartoons cites April, 1930 (likely April 19) as this cartoon's premiere at the Warner Bros. Theatre in Hollywood. Here is a link to the relevant page of the book.

It should be noted that Jerry Beck and Will Friedwald's Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies list a September, 1930 release date. David Mackey's WB Filmography website lists May, 1930.

Attached is an advertisement from The Reading Eagle (Reading, PA) printed July 22, 1930, showing the cartoon among this theater's added attractions.

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Postby Nick » Fri Jan 28, 2011 10:18 am

For the sake of completion, I'll make these obvious points:

Production Number:
4127, as seen on the title card.

First appearances:
Bosko and Honey. (Although Bosko appeared in the unreleased pilot Bosko the Talk-Ink Kid)

Music Used
: Singing in the Bathtub, written by Michaeal H Cleary, Herb Magidson and Ned Washington. Originally heard in the 1929 musical The Show of Shows. First time ever used in a WB cartoon.

Doesn't this short reuse a lot of gags from the Oswald cartoons that Harmon and Ising worked on?

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Postby Nick » Fri Jan 28, 2011 10:26 am

The production number is 4127, as seen on the title card.

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Postby Brandon Panther » Fri Jan 28, 2011 11:05 am

It's also the 2nd and last time Max Maxwell voiced Bosko. A shame they didn't keep him, because he gave Bosko a very distinctive voice, as opposed to the Mickey-Mouse falsetto voice that EVERYONE was doing at the time.

I suppose you could pretend Bosko getting his crotch slammed into a boulder and a tree towards the end of the short is what did his voice in.
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Postby AndrewGilmore » Fri Jan 28, 2011 1:15 pm

Other music used includes "Tip-Toe Thru the Tulips" and "Painting the Clouds With Sunshine", both written by Al Dubin and Joseph Burke, featured in the film "Golddiggers of 1929."

Also, Bosko plays "I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles" after Honey pours water into his saxophone, marking the first-ever "musical pun" featured in a WB cartoon, a device which, of course, Carl Staling would elevate to an art form many years later. While we're on the subject of music, it should be noted that this is the first WB cartoon to use "A Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight" as the Looney Tunes theme song, which it would be until, IIRC, 1933.

There are clips of these songs on YouTube, including the original production number of "Singin' In the Bathtub" from "The Show of Shows" itself, but you said no YouTube links here, so....

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Postby The Crazy HR » Fri Jan 28, 2011 1:39 pm

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Postby dphirschler » Fri Jan 28, 2011 1:59 pm

I've often wondered... Was the animation in this (and other early 30's WB cartoons) done with keyframes, or did they do it sequentially like the Fleischers? It sort of has the appearance of sequential.


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