Minnie the Moocher (1932)

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Betty Boop and Bimbo run away from home, but that night they are scared by a chorus of ghosts singing the title song.


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Themselves (as Cab Calloway and His Orchestra)


Betty Boop runs away from home with her friend, Bimbo the Dog. They end up in a cave where a walrus, with Cab Calloway's voice, sings "Minnie the Moocher" and dances to the melancholy song. He is joined in the performance by various ghosts, goblins, skeletons and other frightening things. Betty and Bimbo are subjected to skeletons drinking at a bar; ghost prisoners sitting in electric chairs; a mother cat with skull-like eyes feeding her equally empty-eyed kittens; and worse. Written by J. Spurlin

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11 March 1932 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
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Did You Know?


The title refers to the 1931 jazz song "Minnie the Moocher" recorded by Cab Calloway and His Orchestra which sold over 1 million copies. "Minnie the Moocher" is most famous for its nonsensical ad libbed ("scat") lyrics (for example, "Hi De Hi De Hi De Hi") that was repeated by the audience. See more »


Referenced in The Haunting (2009) See more »


Written by Cab Calloway, Irving Mills and Clarence Gaskill
Performed by Cab Calloway and his orchestra (voices)
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Very nice
12 October 2005 | by (The Hague, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

The Betty Boop cartoon 'Minnie the Moocher' has an advantage: at least the second half is entertaining whether you like the cartoon itself or not since Cab Calloway's famous song with the same name plays there. Before the cartoon starts we see the real Calloway doing one of his dance moves, another little thing to make sure you probably will enjoy this. The story deals with Betty's parents being mad at her causing her to run away with Bimbo. After they have left they enter a forest where ghosts and other scary creatures all dance on "Minnie the Moocher".

This cartoon is very nice. The Calloway part is terrific with some inventive animation that fits the music perfectly. I also liked the last moments when Betty and Bimbo have escaped the scary forest where the happy ending is found in quite a funny way. If you like Betty Boop cartoons this one is not to be missed. If you normally don't, this could be a nice surprise.

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