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Minnie the Moocher (1932)

Betty Boop and Bimbo run away from home, but that night they are scared by a chorus of ghosts singing the title song.

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Dave Fleischer
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Cab Calloway and His Cotton Club Orchestra Cab Calloway and His Cotton Club Orchestra ... Themselves (as Cab Calloway and His Orchestra)
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Storyline

Betty Boop runs away from home with her friend, Bimbo the Dog. They end up in a cave where a walrus, with Cab Calloway's voice, sings "Minnie the Moocher" and dances to the melancholy song. He is joined in the performance by various ghosts, goblins, skeletons and other frightening things. Betty and Bimbo are subjected to skeletons drinking at a bar; ghost prisoners sitting in electric chairs; a mother cat with skull-like eyes feeding her equally empty-eyed kittens; and worse. Written by J. Spurlin

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 March 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Лентяйка Минни See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Fleischer Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
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Trivia

The title refers to the 1931 jazz song "Minnie the Moocher" recorded by Cab Calloway and His Orchestra which sold over 1 million copies. "Minnie the Moocher" is most famous for its nonsensical ad libbed ("scat") lyrics (for example, "Hi De Hi De Hi De Hi") that was repeated by the audience. See more »

Quotes

Betty Boop: singing They always- always pick on me They never-never let me be I'm so very lonely, awfully sad. But I know what I'll do By and by I'll eat some worms and then I'll die When I die, you'll wait and see They will all be sorry they picked on me.
Hankerchief: It's been a long time since you've been glad
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Alternate Versions

Also available in a re-traced colorized version. See more »

Connections

Featured in Biography: Betty Boop See more »

Soundtracks

They Always Pick on Me
(uncredited)
Music by Harry von Tilzer
Lyrics by Stanley Murphy
Sung by Mae Questel
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Quintessential Betty Boop
21 January 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

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. That charm, sensuality and adorable factor is not lost anywhere here, nor her comic timing and she is very well supported by the ever fun Bimbo, the two have great chemistry together too.

'Minnie the Moocher' (title taken from the famous Cab Calloway song) is quintessential Betty Boop. If anybody is a fan, 'Minnie the Moocher' is a must watch, and perhaps even people not so hot on her might get a lot of value out of it.

As always, the animation is outstanding, everything is beautifully and meticulously drawn and the whole cartoon is rich in visual detail and imagination. Every bit as good is the music score, which delivers on the energy, lusciousness and infectiousness, great for putting anybody in a good mood.

Like with pretty much all the early Betty Boop cartoons, meaning before the production code tightened up and everything became tame, 'Minnie the Moocher' certainly does not disappoint when it comes to being risqué, creative or delightfully bizarre. As a pre-code cartoon, a lot of the content here is very daring stuff, very ahead of its time back then and you don't see much like the pre-code Betty Boop cartoons made today. And it's done in a very hugely creative and humorous way, with a very high spirit and spookiness throughout. The voice acting is good as always.

Overall, wonderful cartoon and for Betty Boop fans it's quintessential. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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