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19 July 1935 (USA) See more »
Betty Boop takes her stage act on the road, and plays in Japan to great acclaim. | Add synopsis »
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Not much in the way of plot, but it is awfully cute...and VERY unusual! See more (2 total) »


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Mae Questel ... Betty Boop (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Dave Fleischer 
Produced by
Max Fleischer .... producer
Animation Department
Hicks Lokey .... animator
Myron Waldman .... animator
Lillian Friedman .... animator (uncredited)
Myron Waldman .... animation director (uncredited)
Music Department
Lou Fleischer .... music supervisor (uncredited)
Sammy Timberg .... musical director (uncredited)

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6 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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This film was made to thank Betty Boop's many fans in Japan, so the studio strived to depict the country accurately and to avoid stereotypes and racial caricatures.See more »
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Not much in the way of plot, but it is awfully cute...and VERY unusual!, 15 August 2013
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

My score of 8 is relative to other cartoons of the 1930s. I don't think it's really fair to compare this cartoon to the stuff of the 1940s and 50s, as Looney Tunes, Disney and MGM were making amazing cartoon shorts in this era. During the 30s, cutesy singing stuff was pretty common--and doesn't hold up as well as these later cartoons. However, this Betty Boop cartoon, for a singing one, is awfully good due to nice animation (the Fleischers were known for this) and clever gags.

This cartoon, according to IMDb, was made to thank the huge support the Boop shorts was receiving from the Japanese. So, Betty finishes a show in America and flies to Japan to thank them. Once there, she and the audience have a bit sing-a-long and the film ends.

"A Language All My Own" is very interesting because compared to the day, the Japanese people are portrayed well--not as the typical stereotypical giant-toothed folks with thick glasses (I have no idea why this image was so popular at that time). This is very nice but I am also sure that the studio shelved the cartoon during WWII, as the American people DID want outrageous stereotypes of the Japanese at that time! Worth seeing because it's so catchy and cute. So, if you are curious enough to watch it, it can be downloaded for free at site often linked to IMDb pages.

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