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Rather than making animated backgrounds using drawings the Fleischers pioneered the idea of using either models or cutouts mounted on a turntable. The table was slowly spun and photographed. The foreground animation was then placed in front of the photographed backgrounds. This not only saved hundred of hours of drawing but also lent a 3D effect to the back ground. It was used here and in numerous "Popeye" cartoons. See more »
Before moving on to their prolific (and highly successful) POPEYE series (as well as into their unfortunate GABBY series--just imagine Elmer Fudd without his macho sex appeal), Paramount's Fleischer brothers poured their creative genius into BETTY BOOP. This is their finest B-B cartoon, and may just be their finest EVER, period.
Using their 3-D filming process (and a unheard-of budget for a cartoon short), they adapted the Cinderella legend to Betty, adding some marvelous songs and (likely roto-scoped) beautiful dance numbers. For reasons not told, this was the only Betty Boop cartoon ever done in color--a tragedy.
Look for versions with the original opening titles intact--even the titles show that this was a project of love (and yes, money). Plus, Betty's as sexy an ingenue as ever thanks to Technicolor.
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