Betty Boop is one of the most popular cartoon characters of all time. She first appeared in 1930 in "Dizzy Dishes," an installment of creator Max Fleischer's "Talkartoon" series, but soon ... See full summary »
The story of a little boy who would only talk in sound effects. With story by Dr. Seuss (and Bill Scott of Rocky and Bullwinkle fame) this cartoon won the Oscar for best short subject (animated) for 1950.
Popeye begins his movie career by singing his theme song, demonstrating his strength at a carnival, dancing the hula with Betty Boop, pummeling Bluto, eating his spinach and saving Olive Oyl from certain doom on the railroad tracks.
The evil, long-nosed queen asks the magic mirror in her hand who's the fairest in the land, and the mirror replies that she is. But into the queen's cave walks Betty Boop, singing that she wants to see her stepmama. Now Betty is the fairest in the land and the queen orders her beheaded. Koko and Bimbo can't bring themselves to do it. Later, Betty ends up encased in a block of ice. The Seven Dwarfs, thinking she's dead, bring her into the Mystery Cave, her final resting place. Bimbo and Koko join them. And so does the queen, who has changed herself into a witch. The clown, with Cab Calloway's voice, sings "St. James Infirmary Blues" in the weird cave full of flying skeletons and floating ghosts. Only a reversal of fortune can save Betty and the two heroes now.Written by
Another of the Fleischer Studios' "Betty Boop" cartoons, here putting their mark on a beloved fairy-tale 4 years before this was immortalized by the rival Walt Disney Productions, which would be chosen for the company's first feature-length venture. Though we still get to hear Cab Calloway sing a tune (through the usually silent Koko!), thankfully, the idea that an animated short basically serve as a promo for the current musical hit was on its way out by this stage.
Here, Betty obviously fills the title role – arriving at the castle to visit her stepmother, the Evil Queen; when the latter's proverbial mirror states that the heroine is truly the fairest in the land, the older woman orders her beheading (taking a leaf out of "Alice In Wonderland"!). Incidentally, the Seven Dwarfs barely figure into this at all: Snow-White turns up on their doorstep already encased in ice! On the other hand, the Queen does get to dress up as an old hag and, yet, the climax – as has become apparent from a number of Betty's 'vehicles' I checked out in quick succession – is typically set in a netherworld of sorts.
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