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The Other Cartoon Cinderella: Betty Boop

Years before Walt Disney made his classic Cinderella…in fact, three years before he unveiled Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, his competitor Max Fleischer produced an elaborate musical cartoon short called Poor Cinderella starring the great Betty Boop. Encouraged, no doubt, by his distributor (Paramount Pictures), Fleischer embarked on a series of “Color Classics” that were intended to rival Disney’s award-winning Silly Symphonies. Because Disney secured exclusive use of the new three-strip Technicolor process for three years, in return for taking a chance on it, Fleischer had to make do with the older two-color process, but Poor Cinderella is still pretty lavish by Max’s...

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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Betty Boop: The Essential Collection, Vol. 4

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Sept. 30, 2014

Price: DVD $24.95, Blu-ray $29.95

Studio: Olive Films

Betty Boop, one of the first and most famous sex symbols on the animated screen, returns newly re-mastered in HD from 4K scans of the original negatives and fine grains in Betty Boop: The Essential Collection, Vol. 4, Olive Films’ fourth high-definition anthology of her shorts.

A symbol of the Depression Era and a reminder of the more carefree days of the Roaring Twenties, Betty Boop’s popularity was drawn largely from adult audiences and the cartoons, while seemingly surreal, contained many sexual and psychological elements. (Or does Betty’s catchphrase “Boop-Oop-a-Doop” not have a deeper meaning than you may have imagined?)

Vol. 4 includes 13 classic animated short films, reportedly available for the first time on DVD and Blu-ray. All were produced by Max Fleischer and directed by his brother Dave Fleischer. They feature the voices of Mae Questel, Bonnie Poe
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Disney World's New Fantasyland: The Princesses Open Their Own Castles

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Disney World's New Fantasyland: The Princesses Open Their Own Castles
Poor Cinderella may not have a stocking to hang by the chimney with care, but she does have that choice bit of Florida real estate: her own castle smack in the middle of Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. This season, she isn't the only Disney princess with a stronghold to call home. Ariel from The Little Mermaid and Belle from Beauty and the Beast now boast their own splashy attractions in the recently launched New Fantasyland, which more than doubles the original 10 acres of the most popular section of the most popular park in the world's most popular resort. (Yes,
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DWTS: Kirstie Alley modern dance version of a Cinderella story?

DWTS News! Kirstie Alley new modern dance version of Cinderella story? [Apr. 12] Actress Kirstie Alley is having a little trouble on Dancing with the Stars, but she's been recovering nicely, continuing to earn respectable scores from the judges. Last week, Maksim Chmerkovskiy had a fall during the Rumba to the tune of Over the Rainbow, taking Kirstie Alley down with him, but they recovered. Kirstie Alley joked that she'd wind up having a wardrobe malfunction, which wound up happening. During this week's Waltz, the Cheers and Who's Talking Now actress lost a shoe. While Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy make it seem almost effortless to recover from some bizarre mishaps the last couple of weeks, it starts to make one wonder if Kirstie Alley is just jinxed this season on Dancing with the Stars. Really. The 60-year-old actress and subject of innumerable jibes at her up-and-down issues with weight started off the show with incredible grace.
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