Biography - Betty Boop: Queen Of Cartoons
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She first appeared onscreen with the body of a woman and the head of a dog. Reinvented as 100 percent woman, Betty Boop enchanted millions--75 years after her birth on the drawing boards, she's still a star.BIOGRAPHY(r) presents the fascinating story of this racy cartoon starlet, from her first appearance on Dizzy Dishes to her rebirth as a pop culture pin-up. Creator Richard Fleischer, son of animator William Fleischer, traces Betty's evolution and relates how her sometimes naughty style led to the censorship of her films by the movie industry's morality watchdog, the Hays office. Watch clips from her classic films, including her duet with Cab Calloway in Minnie the Moocher, and discover how Betty and Fleischer Studios revolutionized the animation industry. BETTY BOOP narrates the remarkable history of an ever-charming American icon, the "Queen of Cartoons."DVD Features: Interactive Menus; Scene Selection
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What is astonishing these days is how often Betty Boop pops up. A Thai restaurant in Lakeview in Chicago that I used to visit constantly features, in addition to a life size statue of Elvis, a four and a half foot tall statue of Betty Boop dressed as a waitress. Checking out of a newsstand the other day I noticed that there were some lottery tickets emblazoned with Betty's visage. A woman I work with decorates her cubicle with images of Betty Boop, and there are a lot of them.
While this DVD does an adequate job of introducing the viewer to the career of Betty Boop, it doesn't come close to substituting for watching the actual cartoons. The problem is that we still don't have a definitive DVD edition of Betty Boop as there was on VHS. I am not aware of what efforts are currently underway. Current DVDs announce themselves as "Definitive" or "Ultimate" but really are reworkings of public domain cartoons. All hint at how great Betty Boop was (and remains). Qualification: I have not yet seen the new two-disc Collector's Edition, which maintains (like some of the others) that it has remastered the original prints. Maybe. There have been so many mediocre versions of Betty Boop that one does well to be hesitant in accepting such claims. But maybe this one is the exception, but until I hear some great reviews or can watch it via Netflix (it is not currently available), I'm going to hold off.
I noticed that the documentary left out clips from the Louis Armstrong short. I can understand why. Cab Calloway's appearances in the Betty Boop cartoons were not racially embarrassing, but Louis Armstrong's was. I once ran a film society and would often order cartoons from distributors to show before the main feature (usually trying to get something from approximately the same time). I showed both "Minnie the Moocher" with Cab Calloway and "I'll Be Glad When You're Dead You Rascal You" with Louis Armstrong. The latter shows Armstrong transforming from an apelike African native into a disembodied head and back again. It is rather hard to watch. The documentary also sloughs over other more controversial aspects of Betty Boop. For instance, the cartoon "Ha! Ha! Ha!" was banned because everyone in the cartoon got high on laughing gas.
So watch this, but be sure to follow it up with a DVD or two or three of Betty Boop cartoons.