Sunday, July 12, 2009

Sunday Morning Cartoon - Betty Boop

Betty Boop - Judge for a day (1935)

Betty Boop was created by Grim Natwick, appearing in the Talkartoon and Betty Boopseries of films produced by Fleischer Studios and released by Paramount Pictures.

Betty Boop made her first appearance on August 9, 1930in the cartoon Dizzy Dishes, in witch she looks more like a french poodle than with a human. Any Rags (1932) is the first cartoon where she looks completly human. The character was modeled after a combination of Helen Kane, the famous popular singer of the 1920s and Clara Bow, who was a popular actress in the 1920s who had not managed to survive the transition to sound because of her strong Brooklyn accent which nevertheless became a trademark for Betty.

Betty Boop is known as the first and one of the most famous sex symbols on the animated screen; she was a symbol of the Depression era, a reminder of the more carefree days of Jazz Age flappers. Her popularity was drawn largely from adult audiences, and the cartoons, while seemingly surrealistic, contained many sexual/psychological elements, particularly in the "Talkartoon",Minnie the Moocher, featuringCab Calloway and his orchestra.

More about Betty Boop on wikipedia: [link]

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