5.2/10
120
5 user

Ups 'n Downs (1931)

Bosko runs a hot dog stand at an amusement park; but he sneaks away to the racetrack to ride his mechanical horse.

Directors:

Hugh Harman (uncredited), Rudolf Ising (uncredited)
Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Edit

Cast

Uncredited cast:
Carman Maxwell Carman Maxwell ... Evil Jockey / Hippo (voice) (uncredited)
Johnny Murray ... Bosko (voice) (uncredited)
Learn more

More Like This 

Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Bosko is a Mountie; his sergeant demands he get his man.

Directors: Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising
Stars: Rochelle Hudson, Johnny Murray
Hold Anything (1930)
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Bosko is a construction worker who impresses Honey by making music from everything in sight, including a decapitated mouse, a typewriter and a goat filled with hot air.

Directors: Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising
Stars: Rochelle Hudson, Johnny Murray
Congo Jazz (1930)
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Bosko hunts in the jungle, but ends up playing music with the animals.

Directors: Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising
Stars: Johnny Murray
Family | Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Bosko fishes, and sings and dances with frogs. But two ladybugs use a wasp as an airplane, and a beehive and tree branch as a machine gun to drive him away.

Directors: Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising
Stars: Johnny Murray
Box Car Blues (1930)
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Bosko and his porcine friend are hobos in a runaway boxcar.

Directors: Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising
Stars: Johnny Murray
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

During the Great War, Bosko and a fearsome beast are in a dogfight. Bosko loses, but that's only the first battle.

Directors: Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising
Stars: Rochelle Hudson, Johnny Murray
Certificate: Passed Animation | Family | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The music-happy Bosko and Honey take a car ride, but bad luck briefly interrupts their fun.

Directors: Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising
Stars: Rochelle Hudson, Carman Maxwell
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Bosko has a grand time on the farm, dancing with a cow, playing a horse's tail like a violin and getting drunk with three pigs.

Directors: Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising
Stars: Johnny Murray
Family | Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Things are hopping at a certain Mexican café. And then Foxy walks in and the customers go really wild.

Director: Rudolf Ising
Family | Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Bosko and Honey go on a picnic that ends badly.

Directors: Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising
Stars: Rochelle Hudson, Johnny Murray
Animation | Family | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Bosko and Honey yodel happily in the Alps until a series of disasters end with Honey rushing downriver on an ice floe.

Directors: Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising
Stars: Rochelle Hudson, Johnny Murray
Family | Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A cartoonist draws Bosko, who promptly comes to life.

Directors: Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising
Stars: Rudolf Ising, Carman Maxwell
Edit

Storyline

Bosko runs a hot dog stand at an amusement park. He sells a hot dog to a bow-wow-type dog; but before the dog can eat it, the hot dog cries out, "Mammy!" in imitation of Al Jolson. The dog happily replies, "Sonny boy!" The dog and hot dog kiss and go off skipping and barking, joyfully reunited. Meanwhile, Bosko sneaks away from his hot dog stand so that he can compete as a jockey at a nearby racetrack. Bosko's horse is only mechanical; but his pluck and quick-thinking will give him an edge over his competition. Written by J. Spurlin

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Vitaphone production reel #4645. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bosko: Hot dog! Get 'em while they're hot, folks! Hot dog! Hot dog! Get 'em while they're hot, folks!
See more »

Alternate Versions

Redrawn in the 1970's for the "When Funnies Were Funny" TV show. Retitled "Off to the Races" and the soundtrack was replaced at the beginning. The cartoon's ending was different (with a different music piece) because of missing footage - it ends with Bosko's horse killed, then his competitor laughs, then is kicked by Bosko, who rides the rival's horse, stunning the rival. The rival's horse reaches the goal then Bosko gets a trophy while the horse's eyes roll around. See more »

Soundtracks

Kindly Leave the Stage
(uncredited)
Music by Johnny Pearson
(1970's redrawn version only)
See more »

User Reviews

 
Ups and downs is an apt way to describe this cartoon
30 March 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

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.

None of the previous Bosko cartoons were great, most of them being hit and miss, but they were interesting and mostly quite decent. Up to this particular point in the series, 'Ups 'n Downs' isn't quite one of the weaker Bosko cartoons like 'Ain't Nature Grand' and particularly 'The Booze Hangs High' but it also doesn't have enough to make it one of the best.

Certainly there are good things about 'Ups 'n Downs'. The animation is not bad at all. 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 is one of 'Ups 'n Downs' highlight components, its infectious energy, rousing merriment, lush orchestration and how well it fits with the animation is just a joy.

'Ups 'n Downs' humour isn't consistent, but the hotdog scene is amusing and while not hilarious the Sonny Boy part is pretty harmless and anybody familiar with the likes of Al Jolson may find it intriguing. The synchronisation and sound are remarkably good, nothing being static or sloppy.

However, the humour isn't consistent as said. Other than one or two parts, the cartoon is at best mildly amusing and too often is less than that. Part of the problem is that the timing is pedestrian, with some scenes taking too long to set up, and that the story is routine to the point of painful predictability with the obligatory stock villain that is there for the sake of being a plot device and an ending that is basically an over-familiar cliché that can be seen from miles away and has been done with much more freshness elsewhere.

Bosko is bland and not particularly endearing, showing much more personality before and since 'Ups 'n Downs'.

In conclusion, a very up and down cartoon. 5/10 Bethany Cox


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 5 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 April 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Off to the Races See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed