Best of Betty Boop [DVD]

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Betty Boop's Crazy Inventions
Assisted by ticket-taker Bimbo the Dog and product-demonstrator Koko the Clown, Betty Boop stages a "Big Invention Show." Highlights of the program include a pig-powerd pipe organ, a Rube Goldberg-style spot remover, a cigarette snuffer, a soup silencer, a sweet-corn regulator, and an egg-frying device, replete with optional hen and rooster. Betty herself demontrates a most unusual voice recorder with a performance of "Keep a Little Song Handy." The show's Number One attraction, a VERY powerful self-threading sewing machine, knits up the proceedings quite nicely. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Be Human
Betty Boop's Rise to Fame
This clever "cheater" begins with a live-action sequence, in which animator Max Fleischer is being interviewed by a newspaper reporter (played by Max's brother--and this cartoon's director--Dave Fleischer). When asked how he makes all those "Betty Boop" cartoons, Max demonstrates by grabbing his pen and bringing Betty to live on his drawing board. Our heroine then regales the reporter with lengthy highlights from her previous cartoons (taking time out to change costumes in an inkwell). The rest of the cartoon features Betty's celebrity imitations from 1932's Stopping the Show, her sexy hula dance from 1932's Betty Boop's Bamboo Isle, and a lively duet with a rotoscoped Cab Calloway from Old Man of the Mountain (1933). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

More Pep
Is My Palm Read
Assisted by Koko the Clown, "Professor" Bimbo has gone into the fortune-telling business. A very stylish Betty Boop shows up at Bimbo's doorstep in hopes of finding out what her future holds. After getting a good look at Betty's legs with the help of a clever lighting device, Bimbo peers into his crystal ball and reveals the "naked truth" of Betty's infant days. Then he forcees a violent storm at sea, which deposits Betty on a tropical island. After undressing for the occasion, Betty is harrassed by a gang of weird-looking ghosts, forcing Bimbo to give up fortune-telling to rescue our heroine. Musical selections include "Please" and "All By Myself in the Morning". ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Betty Boop's Ker-Choo
Bimbo and Koko are among the contestants in a big auto race, where all the funny animals in Fleischer-land are in attendance (the "humanized" cars await in stalls like horses, and the judge's panel consists of three elderly blind men). The favorite in the race is Betty Boop, but she's late again, and her Yiddish-accented car has no idea where she is. When Betty finally shows up, she explains in song that her tardiness is due to a "cold in my 'doze'". Once the race begins, it's a real thriller-spiller, with even the spectators getting into the act--and catching Betty's cold in the process ("Ah, ah, CHOO!)" ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

No! No! A Thousand Times No!!
Betty Boop with Henry The Funniest Living American
The elongated title of this "Betty Boop" cartoon refers to "Henry", the popular comic strip created by Carl Anderson. In the funny papers, Henry was a bald, mute, mouthless boy who engaged in a variety of pantomimed adventures. On the Big Screen, however, Henry has not only grown a mouth, but also a set of vocal chords. The plot gets under way when Henry wanders into Betty Boop's pet shop, hoping to purchase a cute little dog named Pudgy: alas, he doesn't have the necessary two dollars. Betty offers to give Henry the dog for free if the boy will take of her store while she goes out. "Take care" is right! Before long, the establishment is in a shambles, and all the valuable caged birds have escaped. The cartoon's featured song is, appropriately, "Everybody Oughtta Have a Pet". ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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