Congo Jazz
Directed By: Hugh Harman (uncredited)
Rudolf Ising (uncredited)
Produced By: Hugh Harman
Rudolf Ising
Leon Schlesinger (associate producer)
Released: September 22, 1930
Series: Looney Tunes
Animation: Carman Maxwell
Paul J. Smith
Film Editor: Bernard B. Brown (uncredited)
Voiced By: Johnny Murray (uncredited)
Music: Frank Marsales
Starring: Bosko
Preceded By: Sinkin' in the Bathtub
Succeeded By: Hold Anything

Congo Jazz is a 1930 Looney Tunes short directed by Hugh Harman and Rudolf Ising.


Bosko, a game hunter armed with a gun, quietly tiptoes in the jungle, occasionally screaming after hearing strange growling without noticing a tiger behind him. The tiger licks his chops and licks Bosko on the back. A frightened Bosko retreats in his pants and grabs his gun. He fires a pathetic bullet which drops to the ground. The tiger gives chase with gags such as the tiger pulling Bosko's pants stretching Bosko's stomach out (gag re-used from "Steamboat Willie") and slapping his head (apparently attached to a string) around. Bosko then brings out some sort of clarinet who plays a tune that calms the tiger turning him into a sissy.

Bosko calms the tiger with "The Mulberry Bush", plays patty-cake, playing the tiger's tail and whiskers like string instruments. After merriment, Bosko kicks the tiger off a cliff. Then, Bosko spots two monkeys playing leapfrog to "The Battle Hymn of the Republic". One monkey notices Bosko and runs away while the other one doesn't. Bosko then proceeds to pet the monkey who spits in his eye. Bosko then spanks the monkey not knowing his ape father is watching. An awkward Bosko stands nervous until the monkey kicks Bosko in the shin. Bosko then takes out some gum and offers the ape some while Bosko chews some too. Bosko then demonstrates to the ape how the wad of gum can make a string-like tone.

Then, Bosko and the ape play their instruments together for a strings duet. Two monkeys dance on a log where a cannibal pelican (!) performs a trick. An ostrich blows a musical raspberry while three joeys say "oy,oy,oy" to the music. The jungle inhabitants applaud with satisfaction as Bosko advises all of them to make music. The animals make their own music, improvising instruments. A palm tree grabs coconuts off a tree for a tropical bust. Improvising continues as one coconut flies off the palm tree and hits Bosko in the head. Hyenas laugh as Bosko, a good sport, laughs with them.


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