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Be Human (1936)

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Betty Boop is incensed at her farmer neighbor's cruelty to his animals. But the inventive Grampy knows how to teach him a lesson.

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Betty Boop is incensed when she sees the farmer next door whipping his defenseless dog. She chides him via song to "Be Human," but her plea only spurs him to punch his cow, beat his chicken and whip his horse. Betty calls Professor Grampy at the Animal Aid Society to come to the rescue. Grampy speeds over in his paddy wagon with a contraption that captures the farmer and holds him until Grampy can bring him back to his place. There, Grampy drops the farmer onto a treadmill in his basement. A mechanical arms whips the deserving brute as he tries to run away. Meanwhile, the treadmill powers Grampy's own farm, which has a variety of inventions designed to feed and pamper the animals. Written by J. Spurlin

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Betty Boop: [singing] Be human! / Animals can cry. / Be human! / It's easy if you try.
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Utterly heartless!!
2 November 2008 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

As a history teacher and lover of films, I occasionally like watching cartoons that have been banned, as they tell us a lot about our society and how far we have come over the years. What was perfectly acceptable decades ago is now, in some cases, seen as gross and inappropriate. Occasionally, these cartoons which have been removed from screening aren't particularly offensive but often, as in the case of this cartoon, they are so god-awful it's hard to imagine that people would have laughed at and enjoyed these films! Thirteen of these cartoons have been packaged together on a DVD entitled "Cartoon Crazys: Banned and Censored" and while the print quality of many of the cartoons is less than stellar, it's a great chance to see how sensibilities have changed.

The first cartoon in the set is BE HUMAN and I was totally shocked at how violent and depraved it was. Now I am NOT talking about cartoon violence, but really sickening violence--the type you'd never want little kids to see. The cartoon is all about Betty Boop's neighbor who is a farmer who severely beats his animals. Seeing him lash one animal again and again and again made me think at first the film had been made by PETA!! And that isn't all as he punches the cow in the face and brutalizes every critter on the farm in a variety of nasty ways. Naturally, none of this is funny. So Betty's solution--get Grampy to help by torturing the farmer. Once captured, he's severely beaten and everyone lives happily ever after!!!

What a sick and disturbing cartoon--and I am not just saying this because it's Betty Boop! My horror to the film was so severe I ran and got my 14 year-old daughter and showed it to her and she just couldn't believe her eyes either. It's just not funny and I truly can understand pulling this film from TV!!!


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