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Auction History Result

Lot #: 160 HAPPY HARMONIES 1sheet

Date Sold 6/26/1999
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Appears in Vintage Hollywood Posters 2

The image at right appears in the auction catalog we published as shown above and was sold long ago and we do NOT have it available for purchase.

An Original Vintage One-Sheet Movie Poster (1sh) (Learn More)

Happy Harmonies, the 1936 stock poster ("One of the Harman-Ising Happy Harmonies"; "Musical cartoon in Technicolor"; produced by Hugh Harman and Rudolf Ising) used by theaters showing Happy Harmonies cartoons in 1936 or after. They would order this stock poster (which was sometimes sent blank, and sometimes sent with titles of specific movies overprinted in the bottom area). When a poster was sent blank, the theater would either place a snipe in the blank area, overprint the title themselves, or hand write in the name of the particular Happy Harmonies cartoon they were showing that week, and then they could reuse the poster with a different snipe at a later time, thus getting many posters for the price of one! Note that this specific stock poster for the Happy Harmonies cartoons showing Bosko is rare. Perhaps this is because it only made sense to be used when a theater was showing Bosko cartoons, and those cartoons were not made very long at MGM, so maybe these posters were quickly discarded in favor of other posters that did not show Bosko (and we have never seen a "non-stock" poster for any Bosko cartoon). They may well have been made, but if so, they are incredibly scarce (and this stock poster, which is the only way to get Bosko on an MGM cartoon poster, is almost as scarce!). Note that "Bosko" the black African American boy who appeared in these cartoons and on the stock poster together with his girlfriend Honey, was a major character in early sound animation. Appearing with Bosko were some musical frogs, who were meant to represent black African American jazz musicians. They were created by Harman and Ising when they worked as Disney in 1927, but they did not get to make the first Bosko cartoon until 1929. That cartoon was the first cartoon to have synchronized speech in a sound cartoon (the earlier Disney cartoons only had synchronized sound). Harman and Ising then went to Warner Bros., where they made many Bosko cartoons in the Looney Tunes series. In 1933, they left Warner Bros. and moved to MGM, taking Bosko with them, because they owned the rights. They started the Happy Harmonies series, and they changed Bosko's appearance, making him more of a identifiable human (with an overactive imagination). He only appeared in a few cartoons, and then Harman and Ising were fired by MGM for spending too much, and they were replaced by Fred Quimby!
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