December 27, 2021 Subject:
This is absolute poetry. The farm animal social commentary is played out with such grace, and that's what I love about these antique music videos.
July 8, 2019 Subject:
Not Much Betty Here
Not the Fkeischers' best work. Somehow, the Fleischers couldn't find a way to work more of Betty into the story - she is, more or less, peripheral to the main action. A gang of cats upset the bucolic tranquility of Betty's country home and all its animal residents. Of course, they are eventually overcome and peace reigns. The action is set to Franz von Suppe's "Morning, Noon, and Night in Vienna" from 1844, mixed in with some jazz, some popular songs and Betty's theme song, played by "Rubinoff and His Orchestra." He also features in BB's "Parade of the Wooden Soldiers" and can be seen in the Alice Faye/Don Ameche film "You Can't Have Everything."
In this film, the peace and serenity of Betty's country cottage is invaded by a car full of thugs, the "Tom Kats Social Club." Betty attempts to coordinate a defense of the farm animals, but is her usual ineffectual self (other than being sexy, and crying for help when the guys try to have their way with her). A fighting rooster finally calls out the troops and saves the day.
I don't see much Disney influence in this film, other than that the Fleischers chose to animate to the strains of "Rubinoff and his Orchestra," which is definitely more classically oriented than the jazz bands, such as Cab Calloway's, that they usually chose. The puns and sight gags (the sun says "I'm not feeling so hot today" while wearing an ice pack) are pure Fleischer. The level of violence is unusual for a B. Boop cartoon, being more reminiscent of Popeye.
I'm sure that modern women like Sarah probably hate the Boopster because of the intensely stereotypical portrayal of women as helpless sex objects. Of course, like most identity politicians, such women will fail to notice that ALL of Fleischers' characters are heavily stereotyped (including men). Exaggerated stereotypes are one way to caricature and ridicule social attitudes; it is hard to say how much the stereotypes in Fleischers' cartoons reflected their times, and how much they (in the grand tradition of Jewish humor) satirized their times.
October 23, 2007 Subject:
I hate Betty Boop!!!!!!!!!!!!
Change in course schedule class. You may pick any cartoon you'd like, I'd prefer something like the Family Guy or something raunchy in nature. It'll be more fun!!
June 19, 2006 Subject:
wonderful sound and images
Betty Boop world is pure art.
March 18, 2006 Subject:
Toned down Betty
not so fun and the orchestra just never quite works with the actions.........two and half stars