Betty Boop and her pup, Pudgy, board a ski-train for a winter sports resort. Betty goes skating, but is annoyed by a skier. Meanwhile, Pudgy had been playing and prancing on the ice and gets marooned on a cake that breaks off and floats toward a waterfall. The skier picks up Betty and they rescue Pudy.Written by
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A good deal of the pre-Production Code Betty Boop cartoons are daring and creative, with content that makes one amazed at what's gotten away with. While the later Betty Boop cartoons made after the Code was enforced are still watchable and exceptionally well-made, they are so toned down that they feel bland.
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 good news is that she has not lost her charm, despite being significantly toned down, she is still cute and her comic timing is good.
Pudgy is similarly adorable and while not "interesting" he is always watchable and works well with Betty, one really cares what happens to him here. Betty's admirer makes an impact without being creepy or annoying.
On top of that, the animation in 'Thrills and Chills' is as to be expected outstanding, being beautifully drawn, crisply shaded and meticulous in detail. There is some ingenious rotoscoping too. The music is infectious, lush and dynamic. There are some amusing moments and it is cute without being too saccharine. The voice is reliably good.
The story is thin and predictable though (this said, this was not exactly new with a Betty Boop cartoon).
As has been said many times about the post-Production Code Betty Boop cartoons, there is a big personal preference for the more risqué, surreal, creative and more consistently humorous and imaginative pre-Production Code Betty Boop cartoons, having been toned down by the limitations of the code many of the later cartoons are tame in comparison and have a blandness.
In summary, pretty good and worth seeing but not great. 7/10 Bethany Cox
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