In their traveling medicine show, Betty, Koko and Bimbo sell Jippo ("Flattens Feet! Makes Young Men Old!") which has weird effects on their customers. Written by
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'Betty Boop M.D' may be one of the most bizarre Betty Boop cartoons, but also one of the most fascinating
Fleischer were responsible for some brilliant cartoons, some of them still among my favourites. Their visual style often stunning and some of the most imaginative and ahead of its time in animation.
The character of Betty Boop, one of their most famous and prolific characters, may not be for all tastes and sadly not as popular now, but her sex appeal was quite daring for the time and to me there is an adorable sensual charm about her. The charm, sensuality and adorability factors can be seen throughout 'Betty Boop M.D', though she isn't as prominent as in some of her other cartoons, and she is a joy to watch, as are a very funny Bimbo and Koko.
Furthermore, the black and white animation is very good, smooth, meticulously detailed and well drawn with the black and white not looking too primitive. A lot of it is actually very imaginative, especially in the consequences of taking the medicine, which were unlike any cartoon before it or during. Even better is the music, which is rousing, catchy and unquestionably accessible to anybody who loves or is familiar with the compositional style.
'Betty Boop M.D' has an intriguing concept and does it very well, with some wonderfully bizarre and surrealist horror touches, like at the end with the baby turning in Mr Hyde strongly resembling Fredric March. The consequences of the medicine were also hilariously entertaining, but there is always a charm throughout.
Not much wrong here, though concept aside 'Betty Boop M.D' is virtually plot-less and don't even try looking for sense, looking for sense here is like looking for intelligence in a porn film or something.
All in all, bizarre but fascinating, yet another Betty Boop cartoon worth tracking down depending on your stance on her as a character. 8/10 Bethany Cox
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