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Code Of Hero Unknown Tag: 'pic_title'
1998
Mainframe Entertainment, BLT, Alliance Communications, YTV...
 featuring Maximals: Optimus Primal, Cheetor, Rattrap, Dinobot, Rhinox, Tigatron, Silverbol, Megatron, Waspinator; more Characters More Cartoon Characters...

Code Of Hero BCDB Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7/5 stars from 2 users.)

Beast Wars Season 2, Episode 9 - Code Of Hero 10 out of 5 stars

The Transformers Saga At Its Absolute Finest!!!

Reviewed by: constiffs, February 14, 2010

The Transformers, as a T.V. series and toy line, debuted in the United States in 1984. After four seasons (three, really) and a theatrical film, the toy and cartoon lines came to an end. After an failed attempt at rebooting the franchise in the earlier 1990s titled Transformers: Generation 2, Hasbro (the toy production company) decided to venture into an entirely different area: Animals. Transformers that turned from Robots no longer resembled Cars, Jets and Weaponry in their alternate modes. Now, they had an organic outer shell that enabled them to convert into regular beasts: Cheetor was a Cheetah; Rattrap was a Rat; Rhinox was a Rhino; etc.
With the moderate success of this toy line, a television series composed entirely of Computer Generated Imagery (highly unique at the time), produced with computer company Mainframe Entertainment, was launched. At first it was a show unto itself but very quickly concepts and questions (as early mention as the pilot episodes with a stunning cameo in Episode 3 - The Web) arose regarding the earlier cartoon's mythology. Fans young and old gravitated towards this show and as characters from the 1980s began to appear and references aplenty Easter Egged their way across the screen, Beast Wars: Transformers was a certified hit!
After a twenty-six episode Season 1, only 13 Episodes were offered up for the 1997-1998 season. Who knew that show runners Bob Forward and Larry DiTillio would take those thirteen episodes and fashion, as a whole, probably the single greatest "season" a cartoon show has ever seen. While events culminated in the final three episodes ("The Agenda" trilogy), the heights reached in this single twenty-two minute cartoon are unmatched even today.
The Maximal's (the good guys) are in constant conflict with The Predacons (the bad guys) and their mysterious goals. In this episode we learn a startling secret and it's up to lone Maximal Dinobot (transforms into a Velociraptor) to take down the bad guys. Quoting Shakespeare is a bit hokey but when a score of such quality (by Mainframe composer Robert Buckley) can erupt in my mind over ten years later at any given moment and in the process leave me in tears, you know you've experienced something special.
Dinobot dies the ultimate warriors' death and is mourned by the survivors of his team. The reason this is so essential is because it speaks to us on three different levels. Dinobot saves pre-historic bi-peds (namely, us) that will inevitably take over the world in the far future; Dinobot's story comes remarkably in full circle as he earns his place in the Maximal pantheon and is completely redeemed (he began the series as a Predacon traitor); and while the subject of death has been brushed on by the series before (re: Season 01: Episode 23 - Law Of The Jungle) it is particularly impressive to find these events occurring in a "childrens' cartoon". All of this culminates properly while not remaining on its own. It continues the serial nature of the story, moving the inevitable events forward.
Transformers doesn't end here, nor does it start here. But I can assure you of one thing: It is at its highest here.
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Bosko's Soda Fountain Unknown Tag: 'pic_title'
1931 5045 4
A Hugh Harman-Rudolf Ising Production...
 featuring Bosko, Honey, Wilbur, Bosko's Old School Teacher, Mouse

Bosko's Soda Fountain On Video!  Bosko's Soda Fountain BCDB Rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4/5 stars from 4 users.)

Bosko Short From Year Two of Looney Tunes!!! 8 out of 5 stars

Bosko will work any job, anywhere...

Reviewed by: constiffs, February 10, 2010

Bosko is once again working a random job, this time as a soda jerk. After fattening up a small mouse (Rudolf Ising and Hugh Harman loved this little nudge to their former boss -- Walt Disney!!) with an over-sized ice cream shake and embarrassing an old hippo teacher, Bosko is summoned by his girlfriend Honey to deliver an ice cream cone to her piano student Wilber. Wilber doesn't like vanilla ice cream and proceeds to attack Bosko.
There's a slightly abusive edge to this second-year Bosko short but all the fun and music is still more-or-less present, making for an amusing ride. Significant for the first appearence of bit supporting player Wilber.
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Bosko The TalkInk Kid Unknown Tag: 'pic_title'
(Not Released)
Hugh Harman-Rudolf Ising Productions.
 featuring Bosko

Bosko The TalkInk Kid On Video!  Bosko The TalkInk Kid BCDB Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars (4.8/5 stars from 45 users.)

Sometimes Cinema Is Essential... 10 out of 5 stars

Bosko explodes onto the world!!!

Reviewed by: constiffs, February 10, 2010

A character like Bosko couldn't exist today, what with the blatant use of black-faced caricaturing going on. But it is also part of our history of cinema, coming from the world of vaudeville. Although Rudolf Ising (who, along with Hugh Harman, created the character) would claim Bosko was a "Jewish" stereotype, the evidence is clear for all to see. A bit of a rip-off of Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse, this unreleased "pilot" short single handedly birthed Looney Tunes. Without this synchonized sound (one of, if not THE, first in history), live-action/animation spectacle (also a unique experiment of early cinema, preceeding "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" (Robert Zemeckis, 1988) by decades) we simply wouldn't have the landscape we have today. Watch this immediately if only to see what two young men dared to start!
Note: There is a blatantly racist sub-text to the material but it was often common to caricaturize all individuals, regardless of ethnicity but it is a valid argument to say that African Americans got it more than most.
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