Happy Harmonies is the name of a series of thirty-six animated cartoons distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and produced by Hugh Harman and Rudolf Ising between 1934 and 1938.[1]

Produced in Technicolor, these cartoons were very similar to Walt Disney's Silly Symphonies. They would occasionally feature Bosko, a character who starred in the first Looney Tunes shorts that the duo produced for Leon Schlesinger. After the first few releases, the design of Bosko changed from an ink blot to a realistic African American boy.

List of cartoons


All made in 2-strip Technicolor except where noted.

  • The Discontented Canary
  • The Old Pioneer
  • Tales of the Vienna Woods
  • Bosko's Parlor Pranks2
  • Toyland Broadcast

2 Features Bosko


All made in 2-strip Technicolor except where noted.

  • Hey-Hey Fever2 (the last cartoon featuring the original Bosko)
  • When the Cat's Away
  • The Lost Chick
  • The Calico Dragon
  • Good Little Monkeys
  • The Chinese Nightingale
  • Poor Little Me
  • Barnyard Babies (the last cartoon featuring MGM's "Coffee the Lion")
  • The Old Plantation1 (the first cartoon featuring MGM's "Tanner the Lion")
  • Honeyland1
  • Alias St. Nick1
  • Run, Sheep, Run1 2 (the first cartoon featuring the redesigned Bosko)

1 Filmed in 3-strip Technicolor

2 Features Bosko


1 Features Bosko


  • Circus Daze1
  • Swing Wedding - An abridged version exists, entitled Hot Frogs.
  • Bosko's Easter Eggs1
  • Little Ol' Bosko and the Pirates1
  • The Hound and the Rabbit
  • Little Buck Cheeser
  • The Wayward Pups
  • Little Ol' Bosko and the Cannibals1

1 Features Bosko


  • Little Ol' Bosko in Bagdad1 (Final theatrical appearance of Bosko)
  • Pipe Dreams
  • The Little Bantamweight

1 Features Bosko

Home media

The only official home release containing a significant number of the Happy Harmonies film shorts is the Happy Harmonies Cartoon Classics Laserdisc box set. The laserdisc set was released in 1994 by MGM/UA Home Video [1], which predated the merger of Turner Broadcasting System with Time Warner in 1996. The four-disc set contains 17 of the 36 Happy Harmonies shorts while the remaining 25 shorts include one side of six Barney Bear cartoons, the 1939 animated short Peace on Earth and the 1940 animated short The Milky Way.[2]


  1. "Happy Harmonies". www.bcdb.com, February 2, 2012

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