Hobo Bobo
Directed By: Robert McKimson
Produced By: Eddie Selzer (uncredited)
Released: May 17, 1947
Series: Merrie Melodies
Story: Warren Foster
Animation: Manny Gould
Charles McKimson
John Carey
Izzy Ellis
Rod Scribner (uncredited)
Layouts: Cornett Wood
Backgrounds: Richard H. Thomas
Film Editor: Treg Brown (uncredited)
Voiced By: Mel Blanc
Robert C. Bruce (uncredited)
Stan Freberg (uncredited)
Music: Carl Stalling
Starring: Bobo the Elephant
New Yorkers
Minah Bird
Preceded By: Rabbit Transit
Succeeded By: Along Came Daffy
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Hobo Bobo is a Merrie Melodies cartoon short released by
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Warner Bros. on May 17, 1947, written by Warren Foster and directed by Robert McKimson, with narration by Robert C. Bruce, and Bobo's only line delivered by Stan Freberg. The sequel to this cartoon, Gone Batty, was released in 1954.


Bobo, a baby elephant, sees a dark future for himself if he should remain in India to haul logs with his trunk for the rest of his life. After receiving a letter from his uncle in America, he decides to emigrate there to play on a circus baseball team. After Bobo's attempts to stow away aboard a ship bound for the United States fail repeatedly, he is advised by the Minah Bird (better known from the Inki series) to paint himself pink. As seeing pink elephants is the traditional hallucination of the drunkard, neither the captain, the crew nor the passengers, will acknowledge seeing Bobo, and thus he has the virtual run of the ship for the entire voyage. When Bobo finally disembarks in New York City, he is likewise unacknowleged, until a street-cleaning vehicle washes his pink paint off, and the populace panics at the sight of a normal gray baby elephant on the street. Hauled into court by the police, the judge sentences him to life -- at the circus, where he is promptly engaged by the baseball team as the official batboy, and he angrily utters his only line in the film, "Batboy, shmatboy! I'm still carrying logs!"

External links

  • Big Cartoon Database article at [1].
  • Internet Movie Database article at [2].