Legends of the Silver Screen

Episode 6

Betty Boop: Queen of Cartoons

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Betty Boop: Queen of Cartoons
In this very special edition, we will explore the life, music and talent of the Fleischer studios' very own "Boop Oop a Doop" girl, Betty Boop. Audiences may not remember her humble beginnings cast as an unnamed cabaret singer in the 1930 film, DIZZY DISHES. Of course the young starlet was almost unrecognizable because she had the face of a dog and the body of a woman! She made the most of every frame of film she appeared on and so began a career from dog-starlet to being known as "The Queen of Cartoons". After that first appearance, it didn't take long for theater audiences and even Max Fleischer, the artist and genius behind the New York based animation studio, to see Betty's box office potential. By 1932, in the film ANY RAGS, the darling Betty we know and love today had been re-invented. The long dog ears were replaced by the now famous hoop earrings, her nose and mouth perfectly suited for the perfectly proportioned body that is so Betty. We'll sing along with Betty, the hot siren of animation and co-star, Cab Calloway, the red hot jazz man, performing their now famous rendition from the movie of the same name, MINNIE AND THE MOOCHER. In fact, Calloway worked and sang in two more Betty Boop films, OLD MAN AND THE MOUNTAIN and the fairy tale classic, SNOW WHITE. Because of Betty's sometimes naughty, sometimes teasing but always pleasing style, her films began to be censored by the movie industry's moral and decency watchdog, the Hays office. Richard Fleischer, son of Max Fleischer and an Academy Award-winning film director explains what effect the censoring of Betty Boop had on her popularity, style and performances. He also gives us some touching and revealing moments as he discusses his father's inventions and vision that revolutionized the animation industry. Myron Waldman, one of the early animators of Betty Boop cartoons, gives us a humorous look at the rambunctious and wild style of the early days at the Fleischer Studios. This youthful and spontaneoumoreless
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