An action figure of Betty Boop drops in on a small toy shop; the other toys come to life and crown her their queen. But there's a big rag doll of King Kong... Based on the titular classical... See full summary »
"Girl wanted," says the sign. "Top floor. Female preferred." Betty Boop sees it, but it seems so does the entire female population of the city. The top of the building bulges with applicants, but Betty wins the job from the fat, lecherous boss by sitting in his lap and singing "You'd Be Surprised." The others are dispatched through a trap door. Betty can't type, or do much of anything else, but she sure is cute. The boss chases her around the office, but Betty manages to get to the phone and call the police. The police, the army, the navy and the air force all come to her rescue. Written by
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 are here and she's fun to watch. The rest of the characters are similarly enormously entertaining.
'Betty Boop's Big Boss' is not quite up there with Betty's best, but is never less than enormously entertaining, even though dealing with a serious subject matter, with some very inventively timed, very ahead of the time pre-code material and very funny humour. The cartoon's somewhat thin on plot, although one of the shorter Betty Boop cartoons, but despite how it all sounds the subject matter of sexual harassment while treated with humour is also handled with taste.
Furthermore, the black and white animation is extremely good, smooth, meticulously detailed and well drawn with the black and white not looking too primitive. A lot of it is actually very imaginative as well. Even better is the music, which is rousing, catchy and unquestionably accessible to anybody who loves or is familiar with the composition style.
All in all, very good cartoon. 9/10 Bethany Cox
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