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Betty in Blunderland (1934)

Approved | | Animation, Short, Comedy | 6 April 1934 (USA)
The White Rabbit materializes from a jigsaw puzzle and leads Betty Boop through the looking glass into Wonderland.

Director:

Dave Fleischer

Star:

Bonnie Poe
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Bonnie Poe Bonnie Poe ... Betty Boop (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

Betty falls asleep doing a jigsaw puzzle and finds herself through the looking glass into a modern, urban wonderland. The shrinking potion comes from a "Shrinkola" dispenser. When most of the characters assemble, Betty sings "How Do You Do" to them. But the jabberwock steals Betty away, and everyone comes to her rescue. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 April 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Betty im Flunkerland See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Fleischer Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

As Betty falls down the "rabbit hole" in the subway, the mass of jam that she pulls out of the jam jar morphs into a caricature of Ed Wynn. See more »


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The Irish Washerwoman
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Traditional
Danced by the woman
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Betty Boop goes to Wonderland
15 January 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

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. The Wonderland characters, the most memorable being the Mad Hatter, Humpty Dumpty and the Jabberwocky, shine very nicely too.

Only the ending disappoints a little to an otherwise extremely well done and hugely imaginative cartoon. It isn't as inventive as the rest, feels on the rushed side and its "scarier" (though it's somewhat tame now) and more action-packed tone is at odds a little with the more whimsical and oddball one of the rest of 'Betty in Blunderland'.

However, the best thing about 'Betty in Blunderland' is the animation which is outstanding, being so rich in detail and visual invention, my mind was in awe the entire time and the most imaginative moments were enough to make the jaw drop. Every bit as good was the music, which was very catchy, clever and will brighten anybody's mood after a hard day, especially Betty Boop's take on "Everyone Says I Love You".

What was immediately amazing was how much story 'Betty in Blunderland' crammed in into a short time and did it at a fast pace without feeling rushed and with so many highlights to count. Also with maintaining the oddball and whimsical nature of the original classic story 'Alice in Wonderland', while in keeping with the surreal and risqué one of the Pre-Code Betty Boop cartoons. All this combined, along with some riotous lyrics and dialogue and entertaining characters, made for a cartoon as rich in entertainment as rich as it was in visual style. The voice acting is very good.

In summary, wonderful cartoon and was very nearly one of the best Betty Boop cartoons before the ending weakened it a little. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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