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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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One for Spike and Mike
19 January 2004 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Geeze! If you want a Most Violence Against Animal Award winner,

this is it. Let's see, a cow gets it's face punched in, a dog is tied

down and whipped viciously (and I mean mercilessly so), a

chicken fails to deliver eggs and gets it's neck wrung, and then a

horse suffers the same fate at the dog, another merciless

whipping. Luckily, Betty Boop was right next door, heard the poor

animals cries, and telephoned Grampy's animal rescue center.

Grampy comes racing to the rescue with a very flexible paddy

wagon (they have to be bendable - otherwise it wouldn't be a

Fleischer cartoon). The deviant alpha animal torturer is kidnapped,

thrown onto a treadmill, and, in that timeless eye-for-an-eye spirit,

whipped mercilessly in retribution. He sees what it's like to be

brutalized and tortured, and resolves to change his ways.

I always warn people about this one. It's definatly not for the faint of

heart. While the message, be kind to animals by being human

(hence the title), is indeed admirable and welcome, the leering

and exaggerated way that the violence is treated is questionable to

me. Maybe I'm just reading too much into it, but you never know...


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