3 June 2017 | TheLittleSongbird
Birthday surprises with Bosko
The Bosko cartoons may not be animation masterpieces, but they are fascinating as examples of Looney Tunes in their early days before the creation of more compelling characters and funnier and more creative cartoons. There are some good cartoons, as well as some average or less ones.
'Bosko's Party' is to me one of the better Bosko cartoons. One such cartoon where it was so well made and entertaining that it was easier to look past the limitations of Bosko's character and the thinness of the story. My only real complaints are that Wilber is a bit annoying, and, while catchy, the musical number just feels there for the sake of it and is not as funny or as interesting as the rest of the cartoon.
As always, the animation is good. Not exactly refined but fluid and crisp enough with some nice detail, it is especially good in the meticulous backgrounds and some remarkably flexible yet natural movements for Bosko. The music doesn't disappoint either, its infectious energy, rousing merriment, lush orchestration and how well it fits with the animation is just a joy.
Sound quality has clarity and the synchronisation isn't sloppy and has imagination. The way Bosko is animated is well done and remarkably natural. The gags are very nicely done, especially in the very varied, visually inventive and never less than amusing attempts at hiding. The ones involving the pig are especially good. Honey is very cute and one admires Bosko's cause here.
All in all, very well done and one of the better Bosko cartoons. 8/10 Bethany Cox