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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Torchy

Torchy by Bill Ward

Torchy (comics)



   

Torchy

The cover of Torchy #5 (July 1950). Cover art by Ward.
Publication information
PublisherQuality Comics
First appearancecomic strip: Fort Hamilton base newspaper (1944)
comics: Doll Man #8 (Spring 1946)
Created byBill Ward
In-story information
Full nameTorchy Todd
Torchy (comics)
Publication date(Torchy solo series)
Nov. 1949 – Sept. 1950
Collected editions
Bill Ward's Torchy, vol. 1ISBN 1-56685-048-7
Bill Ward's Torchy, vol. 2ISBN 1566850576
Torchy is a comic strip and, primarily, a series of comic books featuring the ingenue Torchy Todd, created by the American "good girl art" cartoonist Bill Ward during 1944. The character was ranked 97th of the 2011 Comics Buyer's Guide's "100 Sexiest Women in Comics" list.[1]

Contents

 Publication history

After Bill Ward's drafting into the World War II military, the artist created the tall, blond, busty ingenue Torchy Todd for the base newspaper of Brooklyn's Fort Hamilton, where Ward was deployed. The comic strip in which she featured soon became syndicated to other Army newspapers worldwide.
Torchy made her comic-book debut as main character of a backup feature of Quality Comics' Doll Man #8 (Spring 1946). Her feature was later published in all but two issues through #30 (September 1950), resuming in #35 (August 1951) through #47 (October 1953), as well as in Modern Comics #53-102 (Sept. 1946 - Oct. 1950). A solo series, Torchy, had six issues (Nov. 1949 - Sept. 1950), some with art by Gill Fox.
Several Torchy stories, including some Fort Hamilton comic strips, were reprinted in Innovation Comics' 100-page, squarebound trade paperback Bill Ward's Torchy, The Blonde Bombshell #1 (Jan. 1992). Others have been reprinted in The Betty Pages #1 (1987); AC Comics anthology Good Girl Art Quarterly #1 (Summer 1990), #10 (Fall 1992), #11 (Winter 1993), and #14 (Winter 1994), and in AC's America's Greatest Comics #5 (circa 2003). Comic Images released a set of Torchy trading cards in 1994.[2]
Ward drew an original cover featuring Torchy for Robert M. Overstreet's annual book The Comic Book Price Guide (#8, 1978).

 Fictional character biography

Torchy Todd is a ditsy but goodhearted young blond woman who frequently finds herself in humorous, mildly risqué encounters with lustful men.

 Footnotes

  1. ^ Frankenhoff, Brent (2011). Comics Buyer's Guide Presents: 100 Sexiest Women in Comics. Krause Publications. p. 60. ISBN 1-4402-2988-0.
  2. ^ "Bill Ward: 50 Fabulous Years of Torchy" Checklist

 References

 External links




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Torchy was intended to resemble one of the blonde glamour girls of the era, although it's not clear if she was supposed to resemble anyone in particular. She could have been Betty Grable, Carole Landis, or somebody else from that period. Not too long before her first appearence, "Torchy Blane" had been played by Glenda Farrell in a series of movies*,
while the name of Todd had also belonged to Thelma Todd.
You can see some similarities between the girls Bill Ward drew and Thelma Todd ( for example, "Ack-Ack Amy" was smuggled aboard ship by her boyfriend with a leg sticking out of the seabag he carried her in, something that Charlie Chase and Thelma Todd had done first ), but one of the most obvious similarities between Torchy and another blonde was that Torchy in her own title had about the same supporting cast as MY FRIEND IRMA, who was played by Marie Wilson on radio and in the movies. MY FRIEND IRMA was also made into a comic book.
Bill Ward would continue to draw Torchy for years. One of his later drawings was for the cover of the eigth issue of the Overstreet comic book price guide.


      


Torchy in an adventure from MODERN COMICS #58.



 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 





 Torchy's last name is "Todd", the same as Thelma Todd, but that's probably coincidental.* But since Thelma Todd did make a two-reel comedy with a similar theme, I'll put in a few pictures of that to go along with the Torchy story.

 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
Somehow I find the ending of the Torchy version more satisfying, but then, Torchy is a comic book character and practically counts as a superheroine. Thelma Todd usually had to settle for just getting out with her skin intact at the end of her adventures.


*Lola Lane also played Torchy Blane, later married Roland West, and eventually inherited the Sidewalk Cafe from him. She eventually gave it to the Paulist production group which still owns it today.




Bill Ward ( Official Site ):
http://www.womenofward.net/torchy.htm

Bill Ward Biography ( Blackhawk Site ):
http://ourworlds.topcities.com/blackhawk/bios/bio_sub3.html


Torchy Todd Blog:
http://torchytodd.blogspot.com/

Torchy Group On Yahoo:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Torchy/



Tuesday, January 29, 2013

A Native American's Reaction To Obama's Claim

Obama's telling whoppers again.


 
 
There are so many problems with this one, I hardly know where to start. Obviously, if you were born in this country, you're not an immigrant, you're a native American. It cannot be said that non-Indian people who were born here are not native Americans. It can't even be said that the Indians originated here, since the origin story we have for them is that the Indians themeselves came over here originally from Asia. And Indians who were born in some other country are not really native Americans as far as being natives of this country are concerned, they are only members of the same race that some people call "Native Americans", what I would call American Indians. As I am part Indian myself, I have no real reason to worry about what somebody else might think of that.
Finally, the statement quoted above comes from someone who so far has failed to prove that he himself is a native American, something that is supposed to be neccessary in order for him to hold his own office.

Editorial Cartoon

Here's one man's opinion on the subject of taxes.

 
The man,should you fail to recognize him, is Guy Fawkes.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Betty Boop




A little about the boop-oop-a-doop girl of Max Fleischer's cartoons.

Betty Boop


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



Betty Boop
Betty-boop-opening-title.jpg

A title card of one of the earliest Betty Boop cartoons
First appearanceDizzy Dishes (1930)
Last appearanceTV advertisement Lancôme with Daria Werbowy (2012)
Created byMax Fleischer
Voiced byMargie Hines (1930–1932, 1938–1939)
Ann Rothschild (1931–1933)
Mae Questel (1931–1938, 1988)
Kate Wright (1932, 1938)
Bonnie Poe (1933–1934, 1938)
Victoria D'orazi (1980)
Bernadette Peters (1981, 1993)
Desiree Goyette (1985)
Melissa Fahn (1989, 2004–2008)
Sue Raney (1993)
Cheryl Chase (2002)
Tara Strong (commercials)
Sandy Fox (commercials)
Cindy Robinson (official)
Betty Boop is an animated cartoon character created by Max Fleischer, with help from animators including Grim Natwick.[1][2][3][4][5][6] She originally appeared in the Talkartoon and Betty Boop film series, which were produced by Fleischer Studios and released by Paramount Pictures. She has also been featured in comic strips and mass merchandising. Despite having been toned down in the mid-1930s to appear more demure, she became one of the most well-known and popular cartoon characters in the world.

Origins


Helen Kane – the original

Betty Boop and Bimbo in Minnie the Moocher (1932)
Betty Boop made her first appearance on August 9, 1930, in the cartoon Dizzy Dishes;[5] the sixth installment in Fleischer's Talkartoon series. Although Clara Bow is often given as being the model for Boop,[7] she actually began as a caricature of singer Helen Kane. The character was originally created as an anthropomorphic French poodle.[8]
Max Fleischer finalized Betty Boop as a human character in 1932, in the cartoon Any Rags. Her floppy poodle ears became hoop earrings, and her black poodle nose became a girl's button-like nose. Betty Boop appeared as a supporting character in 10 cartoons as a flapper girl with more heart than brains. In individual cartoons, she was called "Nancy Lee" or "Nan McGrew" – derived from the 1930 Helen Kane film Dangerous Nan McGrew – usually serving as a girlfriend to studio star, Bimbo.
Betty's voice was first performed by Margie Hines, and was later performed by several different voice actresses, including Kate Wright, Bonnie Poe, Ann Rothschild (also known as Little Ann Little), and most notably, Mae Questel. Questel, who began voicing Betty Boop in 1931, continued with the role until her death in 1998. Today, Betty is voiced by Tress MacNeille, Sandy Fox and Tara Strong in commercials.
Although it has been assumed that Betty's first name was established in the 1931 Screen Songs cartoon, Betty Co-ed, this "Betty" is an entirely different character. Even though the song may have led to Betty's eventual christening, any reference to Betty Co-ed as a Betty Boop vehicle is incorrect although the official Betty Boop website describes the titular character as a "prototype" of Betty. There are at least 12 Screen Songs cartoons that featured Betty Boop or a similar character. Betty appeared in the first "Color Classic" cartoon Poor Cinderella, her only theatrical color appearance in 1934. In the film, she was depicted with red hair as opposed to her typical black hair. Betty also made a cameo appearance in the feature film Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), in which she appeared in her traditional black and white and was voiced by Mae Questel.
Betty Boop was the star of the Talkartoons by 1932 and was given her own series that same year, beginning with Stopping the Show. From that point on, she was crowned "The Queen of the Animated Screen." The series was popular throughout the 1930s, lasting until 1939.

As a sex symbol

Betty Boop is regarded as one of the first and most famous sex symbols on the animated screen;[9][10] she is a symbol of the Depression era, and a reminder of the more carefree days of Jazz Age flappers. Her popularity was drawn largely from adult audiences, and the cartoons, while seemingly surreal, contained many sexual and psychological elements, particularly in the "Talkartoon," Minnie the Moocher, featuring Cab Calloway and his orchestra.
Minnie the Moocher defined Betty's character as a teenager of a modern era, at odds with the old world ways of her parents. In the cartoon, after a disagreement with her parents, Betty runs away from home, accompanied by her boyfriend Bimbo, only to get lost in a haunted cave. A ghostly walrus (rotoscoped from live-action footage of Calloway), sings Calloway's famous song "Minnie the Moocher", accompanied by several other ghosts and skeletons. This haunting performance sends the frightened Betty and Bimbo back to the safety of home. "Minnie the Moocher" served as a promotion for Calloway's subsequent stage appearances and also established Betty Boop as a cartoon star. The eight Talkartoons that followed all starred Betty, leading her into her own series beginning in 1932. With the release of Stopping the Show (August 1932), the Talkartoons were replaced by the Betty Boop series, which continued for the next seven years.[11]
Betty Boop was unique among female cartoon characters because she represented a sexualized woman. Other female cartoon characters of the same period, such as Minnie Mouse, displayed their underwear or bloomers regularly, in the style of childish or comical characters, not a fully defined woman's form. Many other female cartoons were merely clones of their male co-stars, with alterations in costume, the addition of eyelashes, and a female voice. Betty Boop wore short dresses, high heels, a garter, and her breasts were highlighted with a low, contoured bodice that showed cleavage. In her cartoons, male characters frequently try to sneak peeks at her while she's changing or simply going about her business. In Betty Boop's Bamboo Isle, she does the hula wearing nothing but a lei, strategically placed to cover her breasts, and a grass skirt. This was repeated in her first cameo appearance in Popeye the Sailor (1933). There was, however, a certain girlish quality to the character. She was drawn with a head more similar to a baby's than an adult's in proportion to her body. This suggested the combination of girlishness and maturity that many people saw in the flapper type, which Betty represented.
While the character was kept pure and girl-like onscreen, compromises to her virtue were a challenge. The studio's 1931 Christmas card featured Betty in bed with Santa Claus, winking at the viewer. Also in 1931, the Talkartoons The Bum Bandit and Dizzy Red Riding Hood were given distinctly "impure" endings. Officially, Betty was only 16 years old, according to a 1932 interview with Fleischer (although in The Bum Bandit, she's portrayed as a married woman with many children, and also has an adult woman's voice, rather than the standard "boop-boop-a-doop" voice).
Attempts to compromise her virginity were reflected in Chess-Nuts (1932) and most importantly in Boop-Oop-a-Doop (1932). In Chess-Nuts, the Black King goes into the house where Betty is and ties her up. When she rejects him, he pulls her out of the ropes, drags her off to the bedroom and says, "I will have you." The bed, however, runs away and Betty calls for help through the window. Bimbo comes to her rescue, and she is saved before anything happens. In Boop-Oop-a-Doop, Betty is a high-wire performer in a circus. The villainous ringmaster lusts for Betty as he watches her from below, singing "Do Something," a song previously performed by Helen Kane. As Betty returns to her tent, the ringmaster follows her inside and sensually massages her legs, surrounds her, and threatens her job if she doesn't submit. This is perhaps one of the earliest portrayals of sexual harassment on the animated screen, and was very daring at a time when such subject matter was considered taboo. Betty pleads with the ringmaster to cease his advances, as she sings "Don't Take My Boop-Oop-A-Doop Away." Koko the Clown is practicing his juggling outside the tent, and overhears the struggle inside. He leaps in to save Betty, struggling with the ringmaster, who loads him into a cannon and fires it. Koko, who remained hiding inside the cannon, knocks the ringmaster out cold with a mallet, and inquires about Betty's welfare, to which she answers in song, "No, he couldn't take my boop-oop-a-doop away"

Helen Kane lawsuit

In May 1932, Helen Kane filed a $250,000 infringement lawsuit against Max Fleischer and Paramount Publix Corporation for the "deliberate caricature" that produced "unfair competition", exploiting her personality and image. While Kane had risen to fame in the late 1920s as "The Boop-Oop-A-Doop Girl," a star of stage, recordings, and films for Paramount, her career was nearing its end by 1931. Paramount promoted the development of Betty Boop following Kane's decline. The case was brought in New York in 1934. Although Kane's claims seemed to be valid on the surface, it was proven that her appearance was not unique. Both Kane and the Betty Boop character bore resemblance to Paramount top-star Clara Bow. On April 19, Fleischer testified that Betty Boop purely was a product of the imaginations of himself and detailed by members of his staff.[12][13]
The most significant evidence against Kane's case was her claim as to the uniqueness of her singing style. Testimony revealed that Kane had witnessed an African American performer, Baby Esther, using a similar vocal style in an act at the Cotton Club nightclub in Harlem, some years earlier. An early test sound film was also discovered, which featured Baby Esther performing in this style, disproving Kane's claims. Supreme Court Judge Edward J. McGoldrick ruled: "The plaintiff has failed to sustain either cause of action by proof of sufficient probative force". The ruling concluded that the "baby" technique of singing did not originate with Kane.[14]

The Hays Code–safe Betty appears with comic strip character Henry in Betty Boop with Henry, the Funniest Living American (1935)

Under the Production Code

Betty Boop's best appearances are considered to be in her first three years due to her "Jazz Baby" character and innocent sexuality, which was aimed at adults. However, the content of her films was affected by the National Legion of Decency and the Production Code of 1934. The Production Code of 1934 imposed guidelines on the Motion Picture Industry and placed specific restrictions on the content films could reference with sexual innuendos. This greatly affected the Betty Boop cartoons.

The transformation from pre-Code to post-Code
No longer a carefree flapper, from the date the code went into effect on July 1, 1934, Betty became a husbandless housewife or a career girl, who wore a fuller dress or skirt. Additionally, as time progressed, the curls in her hair gradually decreased, she eventually stopped wearing her gold bracelets and hoop earrings, and she became more mature and wiser in personality, compared to her earlier years. Right from the start, Joseph Breen, the new head film censor, had numerous complaints. The Breen Office ordered the removal of the suggestive introduction, which had started the cartoons because Betty Boop's winks and shaking hips were deemed "suggestive of immorality." For a few entries, Betty was given a boyfriend, Freddie, who was introduced in She Wronged Him Right (1934). Next, Betty was teamed with a puppy named Pudgy, beginning with Betty Boop's Little Pal (1934). The following year saw the addition of the eccentric inventor Grampy, who debuted in Betty Boop and Grampy (1935).
While these cartoons were tame compared to her earlier appearances, their self-conscious wholesomeness was aimed at a more juvenile audience, which contributed to the decline of the series. Much of the decline was due to the lessening of Betty's role in the cartoons in favor of her co-stars. This was a similar problem experienced during the same period with Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse, who was becoming eclipsed by the popularity of his co-stars Donald Duck, Goofy, and Pluto, not to mention Fleischer's biggest success, Popeye.[15]
Being largely a musical novelty character, the animators attempted to keep Betty's cartoons interesting by pairing her with popular comic strip characters such as Henry, The Little King and Little Jimmy hoping to create an additional spin-off series with her pairing with Popeye in 1933. However, none of these films generated a new series. While the period that Betty represented had been replaced by the big bands of the swing era, Fleischer Studios made an attempt to develop a replacement character in this style, in the 1938 Betty Boop cartoon Betty Boop and Sally Swing, but it was not a success.
The last Betty Boop cartoons were released in 1939, and a few made attempts to bring Betty into the swing era. In her last appearance, Rhythm on the Reservation, (1939). Betty drives an open convertible labeled, "Betty Boop's Swing Band," through a Native American reservation, where she introduces the people to swing music and creates a "Swinging Sioux Band." The Betty Boop cartoon series officially ended with one more 1939 entry, Yip Yip Yippy, which was actually a Boop-less one shot cartoon.

TV and DVD

In 1955, Betty's 110 cartoon appearances were sold to television syndicator UM&M TV Corporation, which was acquired by National Telefilm Associates (NTA) in 1956. NTA was reorganized in the 1980s as Republic Pictures, which is currently a subsidiary of Viacom, the parent company of Paramount. Paramount, Boop's original home studio (via sister company Republic), now acts as a theatrical distributor for the Boop cartoons that they originally released. Television rights are now handled by Trifecta Entertainment & Media, which in 2009 took over from CBS Television Distribution, successor to various related companies, including Worldvision Enterprises, Republic, and NTA.
Betty Boop appeared in two television specials, The Romance of Betty Boop in 1985,[16] which was produced by Lee Mendelson and Bill Melendez, the same creative team behind the Peanuts specials; and 1989's The Betty Boop Movie Mystery[17] and both specials are available on DVD as part of the Advantage Cartoon Mega Pack. She has made cameo appearances in television commercials and the 1988 feature film Who Framed Roger Rabbit. While television revivals were conceived, nothing has materialized from the plans.
While the animated cartoons of Betty Boop have enjoyed a remarkable rediscovery over the last 30 years, official home video releases have been limited to the VHS and LaserDisc collector's sets in the 1990s. In spite of continued interest, no official DVD releases have occurred to date. (Lionsgate Home Entertainment, under license from Republic, owns the video rights to the Boop cartoons). The only DVDs of the series are ones distributed by budget distributors containing episodes that have fallen into public domain. Ironically, the image of Betty Boop has gained more recognition through the massive merchandising license launched by the heirs of Max Fleischer, with audiences today unaware of Betty's place in cinema and animation history.
However on March 23, 2012 Olive Films acquired over one hundred titles from Republic Pictures, including the 66 Betty Boop cartoons which are not in the public domain and plan to release them on DVD and Blu-ray although no specific date has been announced.[18]

Comic strips

The Betty Boop comic strip by Bud Counihan (assisted by Fleischer staffer Hal Seeger) was distributed by King Features Syndicate from 1934 to 1937. From 1984 to 1988, a revival strip with Felix the Cat, Betty Boop and Felix, was produced by Mort Walker's sons Brian, Neal, Greg, and Morgan.[19]

Bud Counihan's Betty Boop (October 23, 1934)

Current status

Betty Boop's films found a new audience when Paramount sold them for syndication in 1955. U.M.&M. and National Telefilm Associates were required to remove the original Paramount logo from the opening and closing as well as any references to Paramount in the copyright line on the main titles. However, the mountain motif remains on some television prints, usually with a U.M.&M. copyright line, while recent versions have circulated with the Paramount-Publix reference in cartoons from 1931.
The original "Betty Boop" cartoons were in black and white. As newer product made for television began to appear, her cartoons were soon retired, particularly with the general proliferation of color television in the 1960s. Betty's film career saw a major revival in the release of "The Betty Boop Scandals of 1974," and became a part of the post 1960s counterculture movement. NTA attempted to capitalize on this with a new syndication package, but there was no market for cartoons in black and white. As an answer, they had them cheaply remade in Korea, but were unable to sell them due largely to sloppy production that belied the quality of the originals. Unable to sell them to television, they assembled a number of the color cartoons in compilation feature titled Betty Boop for President to capitalize on the 1976 election, but it saw no major theatrical release. It resurfaced in 1981 on HBO under the title Hurray for Betty Boop.
It was the advent of home video that created an appreciation for films in their original versions, and Betty was rediscovered again in Beta and VHS versions. The ever expanding cable television industry saw the creation of American Movie Classics, which showcased a selection of the original black and white "Betty Boop" cartoons in the 1990s, which led to an eight volume VHS and LV set, "Betty Boop, the Definitive Collection." To date, no official DVD releases have been made in spite of the tremendous interest. In spite of this, the Internet Archive currently hosts 22 Betty Boop cartoons that are public domain.

A display of Betty Boop collectibles
Marketers rediscovered Betty Boop in the 1980s, and "Betty Boop" merchandise has far outdistanced her exposure in films, with many not aware of her as a cinematic creation. Much of this current merchandise features the character in her popular, sexier form, and has become popular worldwide once again. The 1980s, rapper, Betty Boo (whose voice, image and name were influenced by the cartoon character) rose to popularity in the UK largely due to the "Betty Boop" revival.
There were brief returns to the theatrical screen. In 1988, Betty appeared after a 50 year absence with a cameo in the Academy Award-winning film Who Framed Roger Rabbit. In 1993, producers Steven Paul Leiva ("Space Jam") and Jerry Rees, best known for writing and directing The Brave Little Toaster, began production on a new Betty Boop feature film for The Zanuck Company and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The script by Rees detailed Betty's rise in Hollywood in the Golden Age of Hollywood. It was to be a musical with music and lyrics by jazzman Bennie Wallace. Wallace had completed several songs and seventy-five percent of the film had been storyboarded, when, two weeks before voice recording was to begin with Bernadette Peters as Betty, the head of MGM, Alan Ladd, Jr., was replaced by Frank Mancuso, and the project was abandoned.
Ownership of the Boop cartoons has changed hands over the intervening decades due to a series of corporate mergers, acquisitions and divestitures (mainly involving Republic Pictures and the 2006 corporate split of parent company Viacom into two separate companies). As of 2008, Lions Gate Home Entertainment (under license from Paramount) holds home video rights and Trifecta retains television rights. The "Betty Boop" character and trademark is currently owned by Fleischer Studios, with the merchandising rights licensed to King Features Syndicate.
The Betty Boop series continues to be a favorite of many critics, and the 1933 Betty Boop cartoon Snow White (not to be confused with Disney's 1937 film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs) was selected for preservation by the U.S. Library of Congress in the National Film Registry in 1994. Betty Boop's popularity continues well into present day culture, with references appearing in the comic strip Doonesbury, where the character B.D.'s busty girlfriend/wife is named "Boopsie" and the animated reality TV spoof Drawn Together, where Betty is the inspiration for Toot Braunstein. A Betty Boop musical is in development for Broadway, with music by David Foster.
Betty was parodied on Animaniacs in "Girl With The Googily Goop", with the Boop character called "Googy". The episode, which was made predominantly in black-and-white and has not been released on DVD, is also a parody of Red Riding Hood, with the girl having to go to her grandma's house and ending up being kidnapped.
In 2010, Betty Boop became the official fantasy cheerleader for the upstart United Football League. She will also be featured in merchandise targeted towards the league's female demographic.[20]
According to Playbill.com, a musical based on Betty Boop is "in the works", with music by David Foster and book by Oscar Williams and Sally Robinson. No dates, theatre or cast are listed.[21]

Filmography

Betty Boop series

Note: see the Talkartoons filmography for Betty Boop's earlier appearances, and the Screen Songs filmography for additional Betty Boop appearances.

[edit] 1932

FilmOriginal release date
Stopping the Show (with Fanny Brice and Maurice Chevalier)12 August
Betty Boop's Bizzy Bee19 August
Betty Boop, M.D.2 September
Betty Boop's Bamboo Isle (music by Royal Samoans and Miri)23 September
Betty Boop's Ups and Downs14 October
Betty Boop for President4 November
I'll Be Glad When You're Dead You Rascal You (music by Louis Armstrong)25 November
Betty Boop's Museum16 December

[edit] 1933

FilmOriginal release date
Betty Boop's Ker-Choo6 January
Betty Boop's Crazy Inventions27 January
Is My Palm Read?17 February
Betty Boop's Penthouse10 March
Snow White (music by Cab Calloway)31 March
Betty Boop's Birthday Party21 April
Betty Boop's May Party12 May
Betty Boop's Big Boss2 June
Mother Goose Land23 June
Popeye the Sailor14 July
The Old Man of the Mountain (music by Cab Calloway)4 August
I Heard (music by Don Redman)1 September
Morning, Noon and Night (music by Rubinoff)6 October
Betty Boop's Hallowe'en Party3 November
Parade of the Wooden Soldiers (music by Rubinoff)1 December

[edit] 1934

FilmOriginal release date
She Wronged Him Right5 January
Red Hot Mamma2 February
Ha! Ha! Ha!2 March
Betty in Blunderland6 April
Betty Boop's Rise to Fame18 May
Betty Boop's Trial15 June
Betty Boop's Life Guard13 July
Poor Cinderella3 August
There's Something About a Soldier17 August
Betty Boop's Little Pal21 September
Betty Boop's Prize Show19 October
Keep in Style16 November
When My Ship Comes In21 December

[edit] 1935

FilmOriginal release date
Baby Be Good18 January
Taking the Blame15 February
Stop That Noise15 March
Swat the Fly19 April
No! No! A Thousand Times No!!24 May
A Little Soap and Water21 June
A Language All My Own19 July
Betty Boop and Grampy16 August
Judge for a Day20 September
Making Stars18 October
Henry, the Funniest Living American22 November
Little Nobody18 December

[edit] 1936

FilmOriginal release date
Betty Boop and the Little King31 January
Not Now28 February
Betty Boop and Little Jimmy27 March
We Did It24 April
A Song A Day!22 May
More Pep19 June
You're Not Built That Way17 July
Happy You and Merry Me21 August
Training Pigeons18 September
Grampy's Indoor Outing16 October
Be Human20 November
Making Friends18 December

[edit] 1937

FilmOriginal release date
House Cleaning Blues15 January
Whoops! I'm a Cowboy12 February
The Hot Air Salesman12 March
Pudgy Takes a Bow-Wow9 April
Pudgy Picks a Fight!14 May
The Impractical Joker18 June
Ding Dong Doggie23 July
The Candid Candidate27 August
Service with a Smile23 September
The New Deal Show22 October
The Foxy Hunter26 November
Zula Hula24 December

[edit] 1938

FilmOriginal release date
Riding the Rails28 January
Be Up to Date25 February
Honest Love and True25 March
Out of the Inkwell22 April
The Swing School27 May
The Lost Kitten24 June
Buzzy Boop29 July
Pudgy the Watchman12 August
Buzzy Boop at the Concert16 September
Sally Swing14 October
On With the New2 December
Thrills and Chills23 December

[edit] 1939

FilmOriginal release date
My Friend the Monkey28 January
So Does an Automobile31 March
Musical Mountaineers12 May
The Scared Crows9 June
Rhythm on the Reservation7 July
Source:[22]

Feature film

In 1993 there were plans for an animated feature film of Betty Boop but those plans were later canceled. The musical storyboard scene of the proposed film can be seen online.[23] The finished reel consists of Betty and her estranged father performing a jazz number together called "Where are you?" Jimmy Rowles and Sue Raney provide the vocals for Betty and Benny Boop.

Legacy

  • In 2004, Betty Boop was voted among the "100 Greatest Cartoons" in a poll conducted by the British television channel Channel 4, ranking at #96.
  • In 2002, Betty was voted in TV Guide's 50 greatest cartoon characters of all time, ranking #17.
  • In March, 2009, a UK newspaper voted Betty Boop the second sexiest cartoon character of all time, with Jessica Rabbit in first place and the Cadbury's Caramel Bunny in third.
  • In August 2010, the inaugural Betty Boop Festival was held in the city of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, and the second Festival was held in July 2011.

References

Notes
  1. ^ Fleischer, Richard (2005). Out of the inkwell: Max Fleischer and the animation revolution. University Press of Kentucky. p. 52. ISBN 978-0-8131-2355-4. "he, Max Fleischer, was the sole creator ... acknowledged that many animators contributed ... not just Natwick, but also Seymour Kneitel, Myron Waldman, ..."
  2. ^ Kenner, Hugh; Jones, Chuck (1994). Chuck Jones: a flurry of drawings. University of California Press. p. 6. ISBN 978-0-520-08797-2. "with the Max Fleischer people, ... creating Betty Boop"
  3. ^ Yoe, Craig (2007). Clean Cartoonists' Dirty Drawings. Last Gasp. p. 10. ISBN 978-0-86719-653-5. "great contribution ... Betty Boop, created for the Fleischer Studios."
  4. ^ Worth, Stephen (3 November 2007). "Exhibit: Grim Natwick In New York". ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive. Los Angeles: ASIFA-Hollywood. http://www.animationarchive.org/2007/11/exhibit-grim-natwick-in-new-york.html. Retrieved 1 July 2009.
  5. ^ a b Cabarga, Leslie (1988). The Fleischer Story (Revised Edition ed.). New York: Da Capo Press. ISBN 0-306-80313-5. OCLC 17476938.
  6. ^ "Myron Natwick, 100; Animated Betty Boop". The New York Times. Associated Press: p. B-24. 10 October 1990. http://www.nytimes.com/1990/10/10/obituaries/myron-natwick-100-animated-betty-boop.html. Retrieved 1 July 2009.
  7. ^ See, for instance, the passing mention in McGuire, Carolyn. "Will Betty Boop Be A Big Hit as 'It?'" Chicago Tribune (March 20, 1985), a blurb for a television program
  8. ^ "Grim Natwick in New York – Part One: The Early Years", an exhibit of the ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive, a 501(c)3 museum and archive. (November 3, 2007) Quote: "One day, Dave Fleischer handed Grim a photograph of singer, Helen Kane and asked him to design a caricature. Fleischer had found a sound-alike, and planned to use her in the upcoming Talkartoon, "Dizzy Dishes". Grim exaggerated Kane’s wide eyes and rosebud mouth, creating a slightly coarse, but strikingly original design. A few weeks later, Dave asked Grim to design a girlfriend for Bimbo to star as the "fair young maiden" in a cartoon adaptation of the popular song, 'Barnacle Bill the Sailor'. Grim streamlined and refined his caricature of Kane for the part. But Dave Fleischer objected, insisting that since Bimbo was a dog, his girlfriend should also be a dog. Grim quickly sketched Betty Boop’s head on a four legged canine body. He held up the drawing next to the pretty girl design, and asked, 'Which would you rather have as your girlfriend? A girl? Or a dog?' Dave laughed and agreed that the pretty girl was the right choice."
  9. ^ Betty Boop – Boop Oop a Doop (1986) from Rotten Tomatoes
  10. ^ Barboza, David (19 January 1988). "Video World Is Smitten by a Gun-Toting, Tomb-Raiding Sex Symbol". The New York Times: p. D3. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9504E1DF1238F93AA25752C0A96E958260. Retrieved 1 July 2009.
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  12. ^ The Salt Lake Tribune, April 19, 1934
  13. ^ The Paris News, April 19, 1934
  14. ^ The Mansfield News, May 5, 1934
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  17. ^ The Betty Boop Murder Mystery at the Internet Movie Database
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Bibliography
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  • Betty Boop: The Definitive Collection, Volumes 1–8 (VHS)

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Betty Boop was based on Helen Kane. And Betty Boop was based on Clara Bow.

 
Here you see them both with Felix the Cat.
 
Betty Boop was also similar to some of the girls who did her voice. The best known of them was probably Mae Questel.
 
 
 
Here you see Mae Questel with a Betty Boop doll.
 
 
Betty Boop seemed to share some of the members of her supporting cast with Terrytoon's Fannie Zilch. "Fearless Fred" was about the same character as "Strongheart",
 
 
 
 
 
 and "Gyp the Fiend" was about the same character as "Oilcan Harry".
 
 
 
 
 Of course, those two were more or less stock characters from the old melodramas of what were even then bygone years.
 
 
Some Betty Boop model sheets:
 
 
 
 

 
















The charachter of Sally Swing was proposed as a replacement for Betty Boop. Sally Swing more or less represented modern music and was a more modern type. She was a bobby soxer instead of a flapper.
 
Sally Swing was voiced by Baby Rose Marie. From her autobiography:
"Between my movie debut and the start of my new NBC Radio job, i was kept busy doing shorts.
Two with the bouncing ball (remember that?) I was the voice of Sally Swing in six Betty Boop Cartoons."

Only it was actually only one cartoon, and somehow that series never took off. Sally Swing's introductory cartoon ( which was part of the Betty Boop series ) was her only appearence.

 
 

 

 Sally Swing was a blonde in the actual cartoon.
 
 
 
 
 
 Occasionally you come across references to Betty Boop always having black hair apart from when she was Snow White. But this poster for one of the old black and white cartoons shows her with red hair.

 
Since the old cartoons were all in black and white, it is difficult to be certain what her hair color was supposed to be. There was a lot of variation in the way Betty Boop was depicted in the early cartoons and it's possible that different people might have had different ideas about her hair color. Clara Bow had red hair, something that was well known at the time.
 
 
This sheet music shows "Betty Coed" as a redhead, too.
 
 
Although the connection of "Betty Co-ed" to Betty Boop is uncertain, there are some similarities. It's not too hard to believe that their hair color could have been the same, too.
 
 
 
The connection between Betty Boop and the Mexican soft drink Lulu is more certain
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
As a matter of fact, they eventually had to change their logo, so it wouldn't be quite as obvious that it was Betty Boop they had on the bottle.
 
 
 
 
 "Boopsie Cola", however, seems to be only a sign,
 
 
and not something that is actually available.
 
 
 
Finally, here we have Bernadette Peters as Betty Boop.

 
She did play the character on television.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Watch Betty Boop and Sally Swing: 
 



 
 
Betty Boop:
 
 
 

 
Helen Kane:
 


 
 
 
Pauline Comanor's Chunky Monkey:
 
 
 
 
Interview With Rose Marie:
 
 
Sally Swing:
 
 
 
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