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Betty Boop's Ups And Downs Unknown Tag: 'pic_title'
1932 FL3231
Fleischer Studios
 featuring Betty Boop, Bimbo, Saturn, Mars, Venus, Two Housewives

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Betty Boop's Ups And Downs 8 out of 5 stars


Reviewed by: Karldan, November 26, 2002

Betty's house is for sale and Bimbo in his horse drawn wagon helps here move.
As they pull away her house gradually falls apart, with each time the for sale sign price lowers. We pan to the block, it's for sale, the USA is for sale and finally the earth. The auction for the earth starts with the music for London Bridge is falling down. Mars bids, he has a plumed war helmet. Venus bids, she has a flapper type hat and finally Saturn wins with the low bid(?). Saturn is an old Jew in a strawbrim hat (!).
Saturn states in a Yiddish accent that "I'll pull gravity out of the Oith (!) to see vat happens! Saturn grabs Earth's gravity which is a horseshoe magnet.
"Vat" happens is predictible. Everybody falls up. Betty and Bimbo in the wagon, houses with gossiping Jewish housewifes, and so on. Earth's magnet is stuck to Saturn as he revolves around the Earth.
Earth grabs the magnet back and things start crashing back down. As the houses fall around Betty she sings "Any old place upon this Earth is home sweet home to me". Very typical urban Fleischer, with characters seen on any New York street.
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The Old Man Of The Mountain Unknown Tag: 'pic_title'
1933 FL3321
Fleischer Studios
 featuring Betty Boop, Old Man, Cab Calloway

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The Old Man Of The Mountain 10 out of 5 stars

One of the best

Reviewed by: Karldan, November 26, 2002

Quite possibly the best Betty Boop cartoon, and one of my two favorites, along with "Any Rags". The cartoon introduces Cab Calloway and his orchestra.
They obviuosly loved what they were doing. Cab struts along, the band backing him up, the drummer throwing his sticks high in the air. The cartoon starts with mountain goats sending a warning down the mountain to the sentry lion. "Look out! Look out! The old man of the mountain!". He is warning all the townsfolk about this. They all start leaving in droves. A particularly funny sequence involves a spider who cuts his web freeing the flys trapped there who carry him away as if he were on a balloon. The spider thumbs his nose as he flys away (!).
In the village, Betty steps out of the guesthouse to see what all the comotion is about. A googly owl then sings to her explaining how dangerous the old man is.
"He'll eat you up!" he sings. Trampy Betty then declares that she's gonna go up and see this old man! The owl shrugs and googles his eyes at that. Betty starts up the mountain. She passes a puddle and Mr. Fish likes what he sees, but Mrs. Fish soon pulls him back in. There's a cave at the top with geese flying out. As Betty stares the old man comes out singing. "The old man of (Betty yelps) the mountain! The he starts panting, his mouth fills the screen. We see him advancing towards Betty, fingering his tongue (?!) all to the jazzy beat. The animated old man has cartoonish features and huge feet. When Cab is rotoscoped, the feet and features become human proportuned. He starts his jazz scat singing. "You got to Hi De Hi"
(Betty answers) "You got to Hey De Hey De Hey, you got to He De He De He, to get along with me." He sings the well known drug reference, kick the gong, then Betty asks "What you gonna do now?"
"Gonna do the best that I can" he replys and starts to do the typical Cab dance moves. As he starts the Hi De Hi again he starts chasing Betty. He sings an incredible song with scatting verses as he is chasing her, eventually ripping her dress off (!). The various forest animals hear her screams and come to her aid, goats, skunks, etc, pummeling the old man. Betty is saved. When these cartoons were first released, the audiences went wild, according to Richard Fleischer. The theatres would have to play them over and over, and it is easy to see why.
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