Betty Boop M.D.

Posted: July 4, 2010 in Animation, Fleischer Bros.

Directed by Dave Fleischer
Produced by Max Fleischer
Voices by Mae Questel
Animation by Willard Bowsky & Thomas Goodson
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date September 2, 1932
Black-and-white
Running time 7 mins

This was the first ever Betty Boop cartoon that I saw. It was only about five years ago when I first saw this on Youtube and I guess that there could not be a better introduction to Betty than this cartoon. It is quite bizarre in a surrealistic style that the early Fleischer cartoons were well known for.

Anyone who thinks that it is only nowadays that adults can enjoy cartoons has obviously never seen a Betty Boop cartoon of the early thirties… they feature a lot of sexual suggestiveness… and this one is no different. Here Betty waggles her butt a bit as she sings about the potency of Jippo. It is tame by Betty’s standards, but there is also the act of her co-star Bimbo, who sings the song “Nobody’s Sweetheart”, which is a song about a prostitute. Later cartoons also feature quite adult songs such as Cab Calloway’s “Minnie The Moocher”, a song about heroin addiction, and Louis Armstrong’s “I’ll Be Glad When You’re Dead You Rascal, You”, a song about infidelity. (The music in the Betty cartoons is always great!)

This is a great weird little cartoon. Andrea has more information than I could ever provide at his Classic Cartoons blog, while the ending of the film parodies this movie that I reviewed on my other blog a few months ago (have to get a link in so that somebody reads the rubbish that I write there.)

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