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Pudgy the Pup follows his mistress, Betty Boop, when she goes downtown on the subway. YHe gets on the train and them his misadventures begin. After almost disrupting the train system, he gets thrown off and his forced to walk the tracks back to the station. When he finally arrives back home his is cured of wanting to trail around town with Betty. Written by
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A good deal of the pre-Production Code Betty Boop cartoons are daring and creative, with content that makes one amazed at what's gotten away with. While the later Betty Boop cartoons made after the Code was enforced are still watchable and exceptionally well-made, they are so toned down that they feel bland.
Fleischer were responsible for some brilliant cartoons, some of them still among my favourites. Their visual style was often stunning and some of the most imaginative and ahead of its time in animation. The character of Betty Boop, one of their most famous and prolific characters, may not be for all tastes and sadly not as popular now, but her sex appeal was quite daring for the time and to me there is an adorable sensual charm about her. She has not lost her charm and is fun to watch, even when toned down.
Even though not as risqué, daring or surreal as the pre-Code cartoons and even when light somewhat in story, 'Riding the Rails' is still entertaining and much better than the previous two Betty Boop cartoons 'The Foxy Hunter' and 'Zula Hula'.
The animation is beautifully drawn and detailed and the music infectious, toe-tapping and dynamic. Pudgy is as ever adorable without the cartoon being too over-reliant on his cuteness. The voice acting is well done.
While not always hilarious, 'Riding the Rails' is never less than amusing and often is more than that with some very clever gags throughout and Betty and Pudgy work so well together. So it's far from lacking in the laughs (or imagination for that matter) department. Plus it is very cute without being saccharine.
All in all, fun later Betty Boop cartoon. 8/10 Bethany Cox
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