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Betty Boop For President Unknown Tag: 'pic_title'
1932 FL3233
Fleischer Studios
 featuring Betty Boop, Old Dog, Mr. Nobody

Betty Boop For President On Video!  Betty Boop For President BCDB Rating: 4 out of 5 stars (4/5 stars from 3 users.)

Betty Boop For President 10 out of 5 stars

The first movie star to run for President

Reviewed by: Ray Pointer, November 29, 2003

First of all, the notion that cartoons are for child is a muddled-headed idea that resulted from the popularity of the Disney product. The fact that much of the content of the Fleischer cartoons was adult-oriented and highly satirical is what makes it interesting on many levels. As for them being vulgur in the sense of Ralph Bakshi is an extremely ridiculous comparison, and a reflection of an uninfored sense of animation and cultural history. With or without the conditions set by the Production Code of 1933,
the Fleischer cartoons never were so vulgar as to actually show vaginas, penises, or actual sex scenes, rapes, or bloody knife and gun fights
as in Bashi's films. They did not go so far as to use four letter words common in R-rated films, and now creaping into the living room in sitcoms
broadcast during family viewing hours on the networks.
On the one hand, I would agree that the morphing of Betty into Hoover and Smith is disturbing, and certainly frightening for small children. But this device gives the cartoon great historical significance, as it refers to the conditions of the country during the depression. As for the "audience," this was the group of senators in the the "house" divided between Republicans (Elephants) and Democrats (Donkeys). The symbolism is clear and funny to anyone who understands the connections. So what if they say "Now we will get things for nothing. Movies, cabarets, and Jazz. We accept it. We reject it.
You're an elephant, you're an ass." If joke here must be explained, it is that it is a double entendre. Since the animal referred to is an ass, what is vulgar about that? Is the truth that difficult to accept? This is certainly a more acceptable use of the term than hearing varous forms of "butt" and ass such as "kick ass," "get your ass into gear,""sitting on your ass," "your fat ass,",etc. which can be heard any evening seven days a week during the family hour on network television.
Not to expose "children" to this cartoon is avoiding many issues. Children at the age of eight would certainly understand it, and gain historical enlightenment from seeing this cartoon, which at this point in time operates on many more levels than the next reviewer realizes. I think the reviewer underestimates the daily expsoure to vulgarity that children experience simply by going to school. In that respect, what BETTY BOOP FOR PRESIDENT has to offer is extremely mild by comparison. Take a look at current cartoons shown on Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network. Not only are some of them in questionable taste, many are very anti-social and perverted. One might say the same thing about BETTY BOOP FOR PRESIDENT and its transformation of the burly convict into the "sissy" character. But it's a trade off in oppositions, if not extremes. Most people would agree that reform is a positive alternative to execution. And that is what that scene is all about, in a satiracal form.
In short, one shouldn't always look to cartoons as a reflection of real life, but a parody. That is what BETTY BOOP FOR PRESIDENT is. And considering that we have an election year coming up, BETTY seems to be the better candidate considering who we have in the White House now.
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Betty Boop's Rise To Fame Unknown Tag: 'pic_title'
1934 FL3413
Fleischer Studios
 featuring Betty Boop, Max Fleischer, Reporter

Betty Boop's Rise To Fame On Video!  Betty Boop's Rise To Fame BCDB Rating: 3 out of 5 stars (3/5 stars from 3 users.)

Betty Boop's Rise To Fame 10 out of 5 stars

The only filmed interview with Max Fleischer

Reviewed by: Ray Pointer, November 29, 2003

The real interest is the appearance of Max Fleischer in this staged interview set up with Uncle Max drawing Betty in the animated hand techinque from his landmark, OUT OF THE INKWELL series. There is a nice interaction between Max and Betty, as Max goes though a file and selects backgrounds representing STOPPING THE SHOW-the first in her series, her topless hoola dance from
BAMBOO ISLE, and her number with Cab Calloway's THE OLD MAN OF THE MOUNTAIN.
From a personal and historical note, the "moustashe" was from his Austrian influence.
By the time that other Austrian became a world threat in Germany, Max grew a fuller mustache.
Although asecular in his religious beliefs, the reference to Hitler for him and his background would have been a tremendeous abomination. All the same, it is a treat to see and hear "Uncle Max" in his 50s when this was made.
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Betty Boop With Henry The Funniest Living American Unknown Tag: 'pic_title'  featuring Betty Boop, Henry

Betty Boop With Henry The Funniest Living American On Video!  Betty Boop With Henry The Funniest Living American BCDB Rating: 3.1 out of 5 stars (3.1/5 stars from 4 users.)

Betty Boop, with Henry The Funniest Living American 8 out of 5 stars

In search of yet another Popeye-type success

Reviewed by: Ray Pointer, November 29, 2003

In printed form, Henry was essentially a visual gag character who had ironic experiences. He was essentially mute, which added to his charm. What is interesting is that his placement in this Betty Boop vehicle is an attempt at a pilot for a series as Popeye was a spin-off from a Betty Boop cartoon. The trouble is that the story material could have been used for any child character, as it is a series of innocent situations. But the sitations and gags are not bizzare and central to Henry--a driving force in his comic strip adventures. This is ironic considering the fact that the Fleischer Studios was founded on the odd and what is now sited as "surreal." But as their cartoons started to shift towards cute story formulas, much of the bizzare imagery disappeared.
Although a cute cartoon, Henry is not a strong enough character, and his story material simply was not unique, or funny enough to inspire a series. It did surve its purpose, to bring a smile and fulfill contractual obligations with Paramount and King Features.
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