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 »
We see the various birds, mice, and bats that have moved into an old windmill, followed by the frogs, crickets, and fireflies making their music in an adjacent pond. Then a storm comes, ... See full summary »
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
The first part of the film shows us a younger Betty Boop than we're used to
seeing in the Fleischer Brothers cartoons.
Betty is a girl in her early/mid teens, being nagged to tears by her
immigrant parents. Betty sings the 1911 Von Tilzer number "They Always Pick
On Me". Notice how the animator attends to such details as the bouncing of
Betty's breasts on the staircase-- such details would soon be suppressed in
USA animation by the Hayes Code.
This is the first of 3 Fleischer cartoons with Cab Calloway featured on the
soundtrack. They proved popular-- and Calloway used them as advertising,
having the cartoons shown in theaters of towns the week before his
travelling band would arrive.
"Minnie The Moocher" is good, as is the last of the series "The Old Man of
the Mountain", but Betty Boop's "Snow White" is the best of all.
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