Bosko, the Talk-Ink Kid

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Bosko, the Talk-Ink Kid
Production company Harman-Ising Productions
Distributor Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date May 1929
Run time 4:45
Starring Carman Maxwell
Rudolf Ising
Producer(s) Hugh Harman
Rudolf Ising
Leon Schlesinger
Music composed by Irene Hamilton
Director(s) Hugh Harman
Rudolf Ising

Bosko, the Talk-Ink Kid is a live-action/animated short produced to sell cartoons starring Bosko, who would later become the first star of the Looney Tunes series of theatrical shorts. It was created in May 1929. It was produced and directed by It was produced and directed by Hugh Harman and Rudolf Ising, the founders of Harman-Ising Productions and creators of the series.

It was never released in theatres,[1] and was therefore not shown publicly until in the ToonHeads episode "The Lost Cartoons" on March 12, 2000, in edited form. It was first shown in its full length on Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 1 DVD set on October 28, 2003, as a bonus feature.

Detailed summary

Memorable quotes


Character debut Speaking debut Ep. debut No lines Mentioned

In order of appearance:

Character Actor
Cartoonist Rudolf Ising
Bosko Carman Maxwell







The music was composed by Irene Hamilton.[2]


Dates are in order of release:

Behind the scenes


Everlasting Legacy

Home availability


  1. Schneider, Steve (1988). That's All, Folks! : The Art of Warner Bros. Animation. Henry Holt and Co. p. 34. ISBN 0-8050-0889-6. Retrieved March 5, 2024.
  2. Scott, Keith (2022). Cartoon Voices of the Golden Age, 1930-70. BearManor Media. p. 4. ISBN 979-8-88771-010-5. Retrieved March 5, 2024.