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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20 November 1936 (USA)  »

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Betty Boop: [singing] Be human! / Animals can cry. / Be human! / It's easy if you try.
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Turkey in the Straw
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[Played when the chickens play billiards with eggs]
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Shocking To See
2 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Betty is singing a song called "Be Human," about being kind to animals when he hears horrible noises outside. She looks and sees her brutish neighbor beating a little dog. It's actually kind of shocking the see, even though it's only a cartoon, but the man keeps whipping this little dog who is howling in pain. Frankly, I've never seen anything that unpleasant in a cartoon before. Then the guy punches a cow in the face and strangles a hen because they wouldn't deliver milk and eggs, respectively.

Betty, in desperation, calls Professor Grampy of the Animal Aid Society. From that point, we get humor as Grampy's desk turns into an automobile and he slides down the fire poll (in the car!), races to the scene and quickly captures the animal abuser. That guy is then deposited in a dungeon at Grampy's place, where he gets whipped and in the process, sets off some clever assembly-line sight gags which feed all the animals.

Although brutal in parts, it's a good message and told in a blunt-but-most humorous way.


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