Bosko, the Talk-Ink Kid

First Talkie for Warner Brothers: 1930
Warner Bros., having made a hit with The Jazz Singer, saw a good thing when producer Leon Schlesinger brought the first all "talk-ink" cartoon character to them. Ex-Disney animators Hugh Harman and Rudolf Ising had created a pilot film featuring their speaking character, a little black boy named Bosco. The test film was all talk. Warner Bros. executives suggested they make the character less ethnic, more like Mickey Mouse - with that, Looney Tunes was born. Check out a clip of that first demo, CLICK HERE.

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