Long before Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck took over as the major breadwinners for the Warner Bros. cartoon division, long before even Porky Pig (the first major star in the Warner Bros. cartoon stable), another character paid most of the bills. His name was Bosko, and today he's little known except by cartoon historians. Bosko resulted after creators Hugh Harman and Rudolph Ising left Disney Studios, enticed by higher wages and promises of work on Oswald the Rabbit cartoons for Universal (who had recently stolen Oswald from Disney). Harman and Ising saw their good fortunes disappear when Universal instead gave the Oswald contract to Walter Lantz. Harman and Ising eventually began their own cartoon studio, hiring fellow Disney expatriate Friz Freleng as animator and creating Bosko as their main cartoon character.
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