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Putting the fun back into World War I
TheLittleSongbird18 January 2017
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. Anybody who loves those characteristics to her won't be disappointed, admittedly they've come through stronger in earlier cartoons when the material took more risks but they are all here, plus she has great comic timing.

Is 'There's Something About a Soldier' among the best Betty Boop cartoons? Not quite. It is still a very good cartoon however, with a lot to like. It does everything right and very little wrong, but at the same time something is missing in comparison to what made the best Betty Boop cartoons so good. Do have a preference for the more risqué, more surreal cartoons that are also slightly richer in imagination. There is evidence of all here, but other Betty Boop cartoons do it a little better. The story is not much of one once again, then again that wasn't unexpected.

On the other hand, as always with a Betty Boop cartoon the animation is very good, again as always rich in detail and beautifully drawn. A lot of effort has also gone into the animation of the soldiers when in lines, looking like individual characters of varying sizes rather than recycled-looking characters in a stock crowd. The music is infectious and beautifully and cleverly orchestrated, putting one in a good mood and enhances the action wonderfully.

'There's Something About a Soldier' succeeds in the entertainment department, with some very funny gags, a surprisingly powerful emotional impact in the war scenes and with everything going at a brisk pace. As said, Betty is characterised without complaint and the other soldiers are fun. The voice acting is good.

All in all, a very good cartoon but not one of Betty Boop's best. 8/10 Bethany Cox
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