Betty Boop and her friends Koko the Clown and Bimbo have been hired to demonstrate a series of crazy gadgets at the Big Invention Show. After a more or less successful presentation of fanciful appliances such as an anti-slurp soup silencer or spot remover that removes the spot.. and the cloth!, a revolutionary sewing-machine goes wild and Betty and Bimbo can only find safety in flight. Paradoxically it is another invention that rescues them, a helicopter-umbrella. 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. Those wonderful inventions, which are the very meaning of crazy and inventive, come very close to stealing the show this said.
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 as well. Even better is much of the music, which is rousing, catchy and unquestionably accessible to anybody who loves or is familiar with the compositional style. The voice acting is good, personally have never minded at all Mae Questel's voice for Betty.
It is agreed that the second half is better than the first half. The first half does have the pleasure of seeing those inventions at work, and they are all well-designed and fun like with the egg hatching/cooking, but it does feel like set up somewhat. The second half when the sewing machine runs riot is more entertaining and livelier in pace, and feels like there is more of a story.
'Betty Boop's Crazy Inventions' overall is entertaining and well made stuff, but sure enjoyment could very well be dependent on whether you like Betty or not. 8/10 Bethany Cox
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