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Hobo Bobo
Merrie Melodies series
Directed by Robert McKimson
Produced by Edward Selzer
Voices by Mel Blanc
Robert C. Bruce (uncredited)
Stan Freberg (uncredited)
Music by Carl W. Stalling
Animation by John Carey
Izzy Ellis
Manny Gould
Charles McKimson
Layouts by Cornett Wood
Backgrounds by Richard H. Thomas
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date(s) May 17, 1947
Color process Technicolor
Running time 7 min
Language English

Hobo Bobo is a Merrie Melodies cartoon short released by Warner Bros. on May 17, 1947, written by Warren Foster and directed by Robert McKimson, with narration by Robert C. Bruce, and Bobo's only line delivered by Stan Freberg.


Bobo, a baby Indian elephant, sees a dark future for himself if he should remain in India to haul logs with his trunk for the rest of his life. After receiving a letter from his uncle in America, he decides to emigrate there to play on a circus baseball team. After Bobo's attempts to stow away aboard a ship bound for the United States fail repeatedly, he is advised by the mynah bird (better known from the Inki series) to paint himself pink. As seeing pink elephants is the traditional Hallucination of the drunkard, neither the captain, the crew nor the passengers will acknowledge seeing Bobo, and thus he has the virtual run of the ship for the entire voyage.

When Bobo finally disembarks in New York City, he is likewise unacknowleged, until a street-cleaning vehicle washes his pink paint off, and the populace panics at the sight of a normal gray baby elephant on the street. The police end up arresting Bobo.

Hauled into court by the police, the judge sentences him to life....at the circus. At the circus, Bobo promptly engaged by the baseball team as the official batboy. Bobo angrily utters his only line in the film "Batboy, shmatboy! I'm still carrying logs!"


The sequel to this cartoon Gone Batty was originally released in 1954, and re-released as a Merrie Melodies Blue Ribbon classic in 1963.

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