Bosko the Talk-Ink Kid, a 1929 live-action short film produced to sell a series of Bosko cartoons, was never released to theaters, and therefore not seen by a wide audience until 71 years later on Cartoon Network's television special Toonheads: The Lost Cartoons on March 12, 2000, although in an edited form. The film was produced in May 1929, directed by Hugh Harman and Rudolf Ising. In the film, a cartoonist (portrayed in live action by Rudolph Ising) draws Bosko, who comes to life. Bosko speaks, sings, dances and plays the piano before the cartoonist sucks him into his ink pen and pours him back into the inkwell. Bosko pops out of the bottle and promises to return.
All cartoons are Looney Tunes starring Bosko and are all directed by Hugh Harman and Rudolf Ising. All cartoons are scored by Frank Marsales. None of the primary characters of Looney Tunes would appear until 1935, and would appear in Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons until 1968.
The public domain status for Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies from 1930-1943 ONLY pertain to the United States. Copyright law in other countries may occur. Despite public domain works being around the Internet, it is common for a public domain work to still be protected. All 5 cartoons released this year are in the public domain in the USA.
Animation credit changes to "Drawn by" throughout the Harman-Ising era. Also, on this cartoon only, musical director Marsales is credited ahead of the animators. Smith (1906-1980) lasted ten years as a WB animator, later becoming animator and director for the Walter Lantz studio. He is the father of actor/director Charles Martin Smith. This cartoon contains a trombone solo that includes a sound which was later the origin of the classic WB sound effect "Trombone Gobble."
All cartoons are Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies starring Bosko, Foxy, Piggy, and other characters and are all directed by Harman and Ising. All cartoons are scored by Frank Marsales. This year marks the debut of the Merrie Melodies series. All Merrie Melodies cartoons are directed by Rudolf Ising, and all Looney Tunes cartoons after The Tree's Knees are directed by Hugh Harman. Two cartoons were also animated by children's author Dr. Seuss and released this year, however not released under the Looney Tunes or Merrie Melodies banners.
DVD - Forbidden Hollywood Volume 3, Disc 3 (unrestored)
This year marks the beginning of production of color Merrie Melodies cartoons. For this year, most would still be in black and white up until Rhythm in the Bow. Also, starting with Honeymoon Hotel, the "I Think You're Ducky" theme was shortened.
All cartoons released this year are still under copyright.
This year, the Merrie Melodies series adopts "Merrily We Roll Along" as its theme starting with Boulevardier from the Bronx. The Merrie Melodies series also begins using "target" opening and closing titles this year starting with I Wanna Play House, minus the "zooming" WB shield).
Starting this year, all Merrie Melodies cartoons are in 3-strip Technicolor and the Merrie Melodies "target" title sequences change colors, with a different color (or color blend) each year starting with Little Red Walking Hood. Also beginning this year, the Looney Tunes series adopts "The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down" as its theme starting with Rover's Rival.
Original Town Crier lines restored on DVD, which were cut after the 1947 re-release. However, the dubbed version uses the 1941-55 end cue instead of the 1937-38 end cue which is present on DVD, due to the DVD using the dubbed versions soundtrack, minus the restored scenes.