Betty Boop (1930–1939)

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Betty Boop is one of the most popular cartoon characters of all time. She first appeared in 1930 in "Dizzy Dishes," an installment of creator Max Fleischer's "Talkartoon" series, but soon ... See full summary »

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  • Cab Calloway in Betty Boop (1930)
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14 June 2018 | Foreverisacastironmess123
| "Boop-oop-e-Doop!" That sweet little monochrome 'goil caterwauled her way into our hearts and stayed there forever xxx
Seeing this was a little odd to me because to my knowledge Betty Boop was never a series as such, but a bunch of standalone animated shorts that aired in movie theatres throughout the 30s and 40s, very old indeed now but still very much special and fun to watch if you have an eye and appreciation for their grainy vintage beauty, and that's why I still love them, and not just the Betty Boop animations but all the incredible body of animated work that the brilliant Fleisher Studios left behind. I did like the idea of attempting to review the Boop cartoons overall though, and I think the character is probably more than the sum of her parts. I agree with what the Songbird lady over there said, it's true that all of the best of Betty's animations are in the early years when they were free to experiment with the shorts in whatever darkly psychedelic and surreal ways they could think of, and experiment they certainly did! The Old Man of the Mountain and Snow White in particular are so wildly bizarre and chaotically structured that they're pretty mesmerising little works of art that you'd be forgiven for assuming from the get go that Max Fleischer and his team may have been 'inspired' by a little something! I do love those freakier more darker-toned rich animations the best, they capture something awesome and magical and to me are quite beautiful in their own artfully twisted and offbeat way. In the later years of her cartoons however, right about the time when Pudgy the annoying and stupid puppy showed up and she was relegated to little more than a very conservatively-dressed housewife at the demand of the animation censoring stuffed-shirts of the time, Betty's adventures become seriously lame and she really wasn't the same character anymore without all of the giggly naïveté and innocent sexiness as she and her two friends Koko and Bimbo found themselves lost in the chaotic and often hellish situations. That's the Betty that everyone really wanted, and it's that image of her that's endured as an iconic cartoon image for so many years. I really love the heartfelt little cameo she had in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? If you recall, in the movie at that point of the story the Bob Hoskins character dislikes all toons, but when he sees Betty at the Ink and Paint Club she's the only one he has a nostalgic respect for and he tells her that she's "still got it", and she really does! I of course give the shorts and the overall image and place of her in animation history a perfect mark, it's wonderful to go back and visit them from time to time, to me the years haven't erased the magic of them or of her, she endures still as a beloved vintage picture of an era of animation that to me has aged like a fine wine, one that has delighted audiences with her charm and delightfully quirky and unique world for an entire lifetime. Thanks for all the fun Betty, we love you!!! X

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