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First off, you should probably know that I don't particularly like
Betty Boop cartoons and have no idea why there is some sort of retro
love affair with the character. My assumption is that the people who
buy Boop merchandise has mostly not seen the cartoons because they tend
to be rather insipid little films. Sure, the animation is excellent
compared to other studios of the time, but the stories and characters
are a bit on the lame side. Sorry, but that's just my rather abrasive
This one is an odd one. Betty and Bimbo end up in a strange place where everything is just bizarre--like the town is on drugs or something. For example, bald people go to the barber and the more he cuts, the longer the hair grows! And, at the beauty parlor, women pick the head they want and pop off the old one! There's a lot more to the oddness than this and at least this sets it apart from most Boop cartoons--making it strangely watchable and entertaining....well, that is until Betty starts singing. Mae Questel's ultra-high pitched singing isn't something my cats or I appreciate! Overall, despite the singing, still much better than usual for Betty and worth a look.
The Fleischer brothers liked to experiment with animation.
They were also rather weird.
This is the marriage of those two worlds, sprinkled with the genius that the Fleischers brought to animated cartoons. CRAZY TOWN can be easily seen as an inspiration for Clampett's PORKY IN WACKYLAND, though WACKYLAND is superior in the fact that there is actually a cohesive plot. A plot (barely) exists in CRAZY TOWN, as Betty Boop and company weave through the most far-fetched, perception-shattering and bizarre scenes imaginable.
A description just cannot be justly done, without sounding insipid or insane. A film that HAS to be experienced to be understood.
This cartoon is the definition of surreal and a example of why the Fleischers were the primary rivals Disney had in the early 1930s, before Warner Brothers and MGM stepped up their quality, while Fleischer started to do a slow fade in the late 1930s. A combination of the Hays Office and friction between the brothers and with the Paramount STudio were partly responsible, as was burnout, I suspect. But this is the glory that was Fleischer's and glorious to behold. Highly recommended.
Crazy Town (1932)
** 1/2 (out of 4)
Betty Boop and Bimbo travel to Crazy Town, a place where everything happens in a way it's not suppose to. Birds swim. Fish fly. Lions are pets. Mice are dangerous. This was included on a "crazy cartoons" collection and doesn't really feature too much crazy or controversial things but it's a nice little short none the less. Fleischer has a nice imagination at work as we get all sorts of things not working or acting the way they should. This makes for some nice visuals but I never really laughed at any of it. Boop certainly is the highlight here as she sings and dances a few times in the film.
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