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'No! No! A Thousand Times No!!' is not the most memorable animated
short starring Betty Boop, but it has enough moment of entertainment to
like it. It starts with Betty Boop and Freddie starring in a play (we
only hear the audience from time to time), with Freddie showing his
affection for Betty. A villain in a balloon enters the stage taking
Freddie away and trying to get Betty for himself. She sings "No! No! A
thousand times no!!" to him.
The first two minutes are pretty standard here. There is some comedy in the appearance of the villain. The second part where the villain fights Freddie and takes Betty in his balloon is pretty good with some nice, once again, surrealistic images. Of course with unique voice of Mae Questel. An enjoyable cartoon.
In 1934, the Fleischer Brothers made a Betty Boop cartoon called "She
Wronged Him Right". It was a recreation of a very old style
melodrama--the sort of campy stage show that folks loved around the
turn of the century. It featured a Dick Dastardly sort of baddie, a
dashing hero and a young, innocent woman the baddie is trying to force
to marry her.
Now, a year later, the studio has brought out "No! No! A Thousand Time No!" and, it's essentially the same exact film! The hero is the same, the baddie is just as bad and Betty once again fills in for the heroine. In fact it's so similar, I see no reason to see it if you've already seen the previous film. As for me, it was all a case of deja-vu and I found it tough going because it was so similar...and lazy. High quality animation can't make up for a recycled story.
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