BETTY BOOP

 

Cast: Mae Questel
Running Time: 7 mins.
Vault: VINTAGE CARTOONS

An initially realistic chess game becomes a chaotic, animated quest for the favors of Betty Boop (the black queen) by Bimbo (white king) and others, with elements of bowling and football. Koko appears.

 

Cast: Betty Boop and the Royal Samoans
Running Time: 8 mins.
Vault: VINTAGE CARTOONS

Bimbo visits a south sea isle, where he meets a seductive maiden who does a hot hula and looks just like Betty. Also features a stereotyped headhunter tribe. The Royal Samoans perform in live-action music.

 

Cast: Betty Boop
Running Time: 7 mins.
Vault: VINTAGE CARTOONS

A delight! Its message is a positive one. It is wrong to hurt or harm innocent creatures, because after all they can't defend themselves against our abuses. So put simply -- Be Human.

 

Cast: Betty Boop, Bimbo, Koko and Louis Armstrong
Running Time: 7 mins.
Vault: VINTAGE CARTOONS

Three tunes by Louis Armstrong and his orchestra - "High Society", "I'll Be Glad When You're Dead, You Rascal You", and a bit of "Chinatown". Warning: racial stereotypes on display.

 

Cast: Betty Boop and Irene Bordoni
Running Time: 8 mins.
Vault: VINTAGE CARTOONS

Irene Bordoni sings the title song in French and English with a Bouncing Ball. Cartoon sequences: Betty Boop as a cabaret emcee and cigarette girl; a romantic tom-cat gigolo.

 

Cast: Betty Boop and Cab Calloway
Running Time: 8 mins.
Vault: VINTAGE CARTOONS

Cab Calloway appears with Betty Boop in the Talkartoon Minnie the Moocher, Betty's 17th cartoon appearance and justifiably one of the most famous cartoons ever made. It begins with actual film footage of Cab Calloway dancing a slow and sensuous dance in front of his orchestra, the former Missourians, while they perform the Prohibition Blues. This is the oldest known film footage of Cab. The haunting and beautiful instrumental is an old Missourians piece that was recorded by them in early 1930, right before Cab took over as leader of their band. This cartoon has the only recording of the piece with Cab Calloway.

 

Cast: Betty Boop
Running Time: 8 mins.
Vault: VINTAGE CARTOONS

An action figure of Betty Boop drops in on a small toy shop; the other toys come to life and crown her their queen. But there's a big rag doll of King Kong... Based on the titular classical music.

 

Cast: Mae Questel
Running Time: 7 mins.
Vault: VINTAGE CARTOONS

An old-fashioned mortgage melodrama... A cold hearted villian who holds Betty's mortgage wishes to force his affection on Betty in lieu of rent - till Fearless Freddy saves the day!

 

Cast: Betty Boop, Koko, Bimbo and Cab Calloway
Running Time: 7 mins.
Vault: VINTAGE CARTOONS

Cab Calloway's wailing rendition of St. James Infirmary adds a dark and sinister undercurrent to the old Snow White story, a juxtaposition especially of interest because the song is supposed to be about a girl who died of a cocaine overdose, and "snow" is another name for cocaine. Leslie Cabarga has suggested that the Fleischers were unaware of the significance of this and the other songs that Cab performed for Betty Boop cartoons, but the cave imagery suggests that the animator, at least, knew what was going on. SOURCE: http://www.heptune.com/snowwhit.html

 

Cast: Betty Boop and Cab Calloway
Running Time: 7 mins.
Vault: VINTAGE CARTOONS

Cab Calloway sings "Old Man Of The Mountain" and "The Scat Song". The Fleisher organization cartoons of this period remain the gold standard.

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