An action figure of Betty Boop drops in on a small toy shop; the other toys come to life and crown her their queen. But there's a big rag doll of King Kong... Based on the titular classical... See full summary »
Bimbo and Koko work on explosive and monster formulas in a lab, but one of the latter gets out of hand while they're distracted by Betty exercising on the roof next door.Written by
Rod Crawford <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Fleischer were responsible for some brilliant cartoons, some of them still among my favourites. Their visual style 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. The charm, sensuality and adorability factors are here and she's fun to watch. Koko and Bimbo are also featured and they are amusing too.
'Betty Boop's Penthouse' is a great Betty Boop cartoon, perhaps among her better ones. That it's virtually plot-less doesn't matter that much, because it's so rich in imagination, never less than entertaining, is up there as one of Betty's most boldly risqué cartoons and loved the nod to James Whale.
Furthermore, the black and white animation is very good, smooth, meticulously detailed and well drawn with the black and white not looking too primitive. A lot of it is actually very imaginative as well, some of the most inventive and eye-popping of the early Betty Boop cartoons to me. Even better is the music, which is rousing, catchy and unquestionably accessible to anybody who loves or is familiar with the composition style. The voice acting is good.
My only minor complaint really is the ending coming out of nowhere.
Otherwise, a great Betty Boop cartoon and a must watch for fans of her and Fleischer. 9/10 Bethany Cox
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