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

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Postby speedy fast » Fri Jan 28, 2011 10:07 pm

This cartoon was listed as a bonus feature on Looney Tunes: Golden Collection Vol. 2, even though it doesn't actually appear on that release. That would have either been a mistake or a last-minute removal.

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Postby David Gerstein » Sat Jan 29, 2011 12:11 am

Last-minute removal—by censors, actually (didn't like Bosko's Southern dialect). They relented, though, and allowed it on Vol. 3.
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Postby Matthew Hunter » Sat Jan 29, 2011 2:42 am

Trivial note: early publicity, including press articles and even promotional posters, billed the character as "Bosco" (with a "C" as opposed to "K").

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Postby Fibber Fox » Sat Jan 29, 2011 3:01 am

tristar wrote:No mention of Sinkin' in the Bathtub in this December 7th, 1930 article for the L.A. Times, but Joe Dante speculates that this was the very first article ever published about Looney Tunes:


Tristar, this isn't exactly an article about Looney Tunes per se, but does mention them. This syndicated column is from July 19, 1930.

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Postby Fibber Fox » Sat Jan 29, 2011 3:24 am

One more. Saturday, Aug. 2, 1930. Hagerstown (Md.) Morning Herald.

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Postby Scarlet Pumpernickel » Sat Jan 29, 2011 7:08 am

Charles Solomon's Enchanted Drawings mentions a May 1930 release.

But according to the LoC's Catalog of copyright entries, copyright date is June 11, 1930. At this time, the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies were generally copyrighted after their theatrical release, in a period varying between one week and five months if I'm not mistaken.
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Postby The Crazy HR » Sat Jan 29, 2011 11:25 am

iwerks321 wrote:Friz Freleng animates the scenes where the goat eats Bosko's flowers and when the cow stops Bosko and Honey in the middle of the road.

Did Freleng also animate the opening sequence (with Bosko in the bathtub) and the closing titles?

To quote Friz Freleng:

"We were kind of, like, finding our way because nobody really knew what the story was, really. Just having the character do something. (...)
He meets a goat or something on the road. You add gags to it.
(...)
The only way we got sync was have them do it to rhythm. Honey would say "Hello, Bosko." So we'd just do it to a beat, so we could get sync. We had no other way of syncing. We couldn't re-track them. We didn't know about that."


This is also the only Harman-Ising LT/MM with the "Animated by" credit. The animation credit changes to "Drawn by" after this cartoon.

Here's the video from ToonHeads.tv:
http://toonheads.tv/view/708/sinking-in-the-bathtub/

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Postby Do-Do » Sat Jan 29, 2011 11:55 am

Variety printed a review on May 14, giving credence to the May release date...

"Very amusing short comedy cartoon....[T]his short may be especially placed on a program where a laugh is called for as it guarantees that laugh.
As the first of a series contemplated by Warners' Vitaphone Varieties, WB has something worth a lot here if the series can commence to hold up to its start....
Regardless of the song itself or the other values it may contain, 'Looney Tunes' has made a flying comedy start."

source: "That's All Folks: The Art Of Warner Bros. Animation" by Steve Schneider

Is it really a "flying comedy start"? I appreciate the style and humor the early Harman-Ising cartoons more than most people, but their best work was still ahead of them. Sinkin' In The Bathtub is charming and entertaining, but leaves me thinking that just watching cartoon characters cavort about and make sound must have been much more amusing in 1930 than it would be even two or three years later.

Really though, I like the cartoon.

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Postby Thad » Sat Jan 29, 2011 3:29 pm

Freleng animated the segment with the bubbles coming out of Bosko's saxophone, Honey's bloomers coming off, and her coming down the bubbles.

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Postby David Gerstein » Sat Jan 29, 2011 4:38 pm

Scarlet Pumpernickel wrote:But according to the LoC's Catalog of copyright entries, copyright date is June 11, 1930. At this time, the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies were generally copyrighted after their theatrical release, in a period varying between one week and five months if I'm not mistaken.
I'm afraid you're mistaken—most of the LTMM at this time said "copyright" on the title cards, but weren't officially copyrighted at all. BATHTUB is an exception. (LTMM began being copyrighted on a regular basis in 1932.)
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