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...
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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 musicWritten by
Rod Crawford <email@example.com>
Not one of the best Betty Boop cartoons, not by a long shot. Still a fine cartoon in many ways, and while very kid-oriented that shouldn't put adults off from seeing it.
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 in 'Parade of the Wooden Soldiers'.
As ever in a Betty Boop cartoon, the animation is still incredibly good, the detail is immaculate, there are the typical imaginative moments (especially with the toys) and everything is beautifully drawn. Every bit as good and even better is the music, which is full of energy and lyrical elegance, and accessible to anybody. The supporting characters are good enough (if perhaps a little too many), while the voice acting suits the characters and cartoon well. The story is very thin structurally and may feel saccharine and cutesy for some, but paced in an efficient way that still makes 'Parade of the Wooden Soldiers' engaging.
While there are Betty Boop cartoons that are more surreal, 'Parade of the Wooden Soldiers' is one of the most risqué of the 1933 bunch of her cartoons, and boasts some imaginative visuals, humorous gags (like with the chimney) and clever touches like the ending. A lot of fun throughout.
On the whole, not a favourite of the Betty Boop cartoons but still with a lot to like. 8/10 Bethany Cox
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