Bosko the Talk-Ink Kid
Bosko kid
Directed By: Hugh Harman
Produced By: Eddie Selzer
Released: 2000 (released as part of Toonheads)
Series: Cartoon Special
Animation: Friz Freleng
Rollin Hamilton
Film Editor:
Voiced By: Rudolf Ising
Carman Maxwell
Starring: Cartoonist
Preceded By: none
Succeeded By: Sinkin' in the Bathtub
LOONEY TOONS Bosko, the Talk Ink Kid (pilot) (1929) (Remastered) (HD 1080p)

LOONEY TOONS Bosko, the Talk Ink Kid (pilot) (1929) (Remastered) (HD 1080p)

Bosko the Talk-Ink Kid was the first animated short from Warner Bros., produced as a pilot short in May 1929. It features live-action footage of Rudolf Ising drawing Bosko, who comes to life.


Animator Rudolf Ising is drawing. He’s trying to come up with a character, eventually he creates an African American boy named Bosko. Ising asks Bosko what he can do, and Bosko proceeds to dance and whistle. Bosko

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stops and notices something asking Ising, “whose them folks out in the dark?” Ising tells him that it’s the audience; he then asks Bosko if he can make them laugh. After some thinking, Bosko asks Ising to draw him a piano and Bosko starts playing on the piano trying to create laughs (Bosko himself laughs), and sings while tongue sticks out. Bosko continues to sing until his head pops up and we see it’s made of springs. He manages to get his head back together and continues to sing; eventually Ising gets annoyed by his singing and decides to use his ink pen to grab Bosko’s pants, eventually sucking him in. Bosko gets out of some ink and says, “Well so long folks see yah later”, as the cartoon ends.


Bosko the Talk-Ink Kid was never released in theaters, but it has been included in many public domain video releases. The short's copyright was sold to Associated Artists Productions and later absorbed by Turner Entertainment. A heavily edited version later appeared in the Toonheads special "The Lost Cartoons", which was also its first public screening in 70 years. Both official releases are unrestored.