Bosko the Talk-Ink Kid
Directed By: Hugh Harman (uncredited)
Rudolf Ising (uncredited)
Produced By: Hugh Harman
Rudolf Ising
Leon Schlesinger (uncredited)
Released: 2000 (released as part of Toonheads)
Series: Cartoon Special
Story: Unknown
Animation: Friz Freleng (uncredited)
Rollin Hamilton (uncredited)
Film Editor:
Voiced By: Rudolf Ising (uncredited)
Carman Maxwell (uncredited)
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 is a 1929 short directed by Hugh Harman and Rudolf Ising.


Animator Rudolf Ising is drawing and 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 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. 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 of the ink and says, "Well so long folks see yah later."



  • This is the first animated short from Warner Bros., it was produced as a pilot short in May 1929.
  • This short 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 seventy one years.


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