A reporter, played by Dave Fleischer, interviews Max Fleischer about cartoon sensation Betty Boop. Max paints Betty, who comes to life and performs routines from the popular past films Stopping the Show (1932), Betty Boop's Bamboo Isle (1932) and The Old Man of the Mountain (1933). Betty then dives back in to the inkwell and accidentally splashes ink in the reporter's face before the film concludes. Written by
As said many times, 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, all of those evident here. The Fleischer brothers also make an appearance here, and are both interesting and delightful.
Criticisms for 'Betty Boop's Rise to Fame' are few, though for my liking the clips from 'Stopping the Show', 'Betty Boop's Bamboo Isle' and 'The Old Man of the Mountain' could have been longer and a couple of the transitions from the end of the clips could have been a tad cleaner and slightly less abrupt.
Once again the animation is outstanding, again as always rich in detail and invention. The music and songs are wonderfully jazzy and infectious, putting one in a good mood, the highlight being the Betty Boop and Cab Calloway scene from 'The Old Man of the Mountain'.
Along with the very funny and clever ending, that clip is agreed for me the highlight of the cartoon. The clips chosen however were very good choices and give a real sense of nostalgia, while the Fleischer scenes were a really nice, affectionate touch that added a good deal. The voice acting is very good.
In conclusion, a very nostalgic look at the rise to fame of Betty Boop. 8/10 Bethany Cox
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