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A good deal of the pre-Production Code Betty Boop cartoons are daring and creative, with content that makes one amazed at what's gotten away with. While the later Betty Boop cartoons made after the Code was enforced are still watchable and exceptionally well-made, they are so toned down that they feel bland.
Fleischer were responsible for some brilliant cartoons, some of them still among my favourites. Their visual style was 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 good news is that she has not lost her charm, she is still cute and her comic timing is good.
While it was said in the first paragraph that the later Betty Boop cartoons were bland in comparison to the pre-Code ones there were exceptions. 'A Language All My Own' is one of them, even if missing the risqué and surreal edge of before and being light in plot (not unusual for Betty Boop).
The animation is beautifully drawn and detailed and the music infectious and dynamic. The voice acting is good.
On top of that, 'A Language All My Own' is one of the funniest and more inventive later Betty Boop cartoons, there is some very funny content here and timed with a lot of wit and imagination. There are stereotypes here but nothing at all to get offended over.
In summary, very nice cartoon and one of Betty Boop's best later cartoons. 8/10 Bethany Cox
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