19 June 2017 | TheLittleSongbird
Fun and spooks 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.
'The Old House' is one of the good cartoons, and one of the better Bosko cartoons in general. Bosko cartoons are not to be known for their stories as such, and that is true for 'The Old House', which is fairly thin on the ground and isn't particularly original. It is true too that some of the cartoon is stereotypical and occasionally is not for the easily offended, though there is definitely far worse examples of racism in cartoons if one deems it as that.
A lot of 'The Old House' works very well however, with the cartoon having a lot of good merits. As always for a Bosko cartoon 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.
With a great mix of amusing fun and quite scary spooks, the gags all hit the mark and none of them miss or are less than amusing. The pacing is all very lively, and all the characters, including Bosko who is not always interesting but sometimes he is fun and likable and he is here, engage.
On the whole, fun and spooky and one of the better Bosko cartoons. 8/10 Bethany Cox