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Betty Boop A Cartoon Legand

Updated on September 21, 2008

A Tribute to a Legend

This is for all you Betty Boop lovers out there in Hubberland! I, for one, have always loved Betty!

The artworks featured in this particular hub are re-creations by a wonderful friend of mine, Minnie Davis. The original creators were Fleischer Studios. Minnie is a wonderful artist and she is great at keeping me in her "Boop loop". She sends me a copy every time she creates a new masterpiece and I have saved every one in a special folder. These are just a few of her collection. The feature picture was chosen in light of upcoming St. Patrick's Day and I think she is adorable! Thanks to Minnie for her permission to share her work. And thanks to Fleischer Studios for bringing us so many years of her wonderful character.

America's First "Sexy" Cartoon Character

Now let's take a trip back in time. It was in October of 1930 that Betty Boop made her first appearance. However, she was not the Betty Boop that we know and love today. She made her first appearance in Dizzy Dishes as an unnamed canine character, opposite Bimbo. Bimbo was Fleischer Studios' answer to Mickey Mouse before Betty came along. She continued to evolve in the series and in 1932, Any Rags was released and the world's first truly female cartoon was born. While there had been female characters before Betty Boop, they had been stick-like figures who played second fiddle to male characters.

Eventually, her popularity proved to be powerful enough for her to star in her own cartoon series. Even after Betty became the star, Bimbo continued to appear as her boyfriend, despite the fact that he remained a dog throughout his career. During the days of such risque' actresses such as Mae West, Betty's creators had no problem with allowing freak gusts of wind to raise her skirt many years before Marylin Monroe straddled a subway grate. Do you think maybe Marylin was a Betty Boop fan?

Was it pure jealousy?

In 1933, Betty was banned in Philadelphia for being too risque'. A year later, a singer named Helen Kane filed a lawsuit saying that Betty Boop had stolen her "boop-oop-a-doop", causing her career to wane. During the trial, other performers testified that they had used "boop-oop-a-doop" prior to Helen Kane. The singer lost her case.

By 1934 the influence of the Hays office (creators of today's movie rating system) caused a drastic shift in the way Betty Boop was presented to the public. Eventually, Betty was replaced in the spotlight by Pudgy, the pooch who was always getting her into trouble and Grampy, who, through his crazy inventions, helped Betty solve problems. The series ended with the release of Yip, Yip, Yippee in 1939.

She's back!

Betty Boop enjoyed a rebirth of popularity in London when cartoonists obtained and restored some of her early cartoons, which became favorites at the ICA moviehouses during the 1970s. In 1995, UCLA Film and Television Archives released the critically acclaimed feature-length cartoon called Betty Boop Confidential, including the compilation of Snow White, a Betty Boop short featuring Cab Calloway. This was years before Disney released their Snow White cartoon character.

In 1996, American Movie Classics aired a prime-time tribute to the cartoon queen. Arts & Entertainment also aired a "Biography" of Betty Boop. This was the first time a cartoon star had been profiled for the cable network's acclaimed series.

Betty Boop's name continues to be famous today and is brought up in many movies and t.v. series around the country. Her ritzy style, risque' personality and child-like voice has intrigued cartoon lovers of all genders and ages. Whether you approve of her sexy style or not, you have to appreciate her popularity and the tremendous talent of her creators as well as the dedication of her fans young and old.

There are many who offer Betty Boop memorabelia, cartoon archives and other types of Betty Boop products for her collectors and fans. There are fan clubs, video sites, forums, biographies, books, magazines, clothing lines and many other tributes to her enormous success and beloved career.

Forever in our hearts

 

Even being born in 1962, Betty Boop was a huge part of my childhood, as she was many. I can only hope that she will live on in the hearts of cartoon lovers for many generations to come. She has given so much laughter to the world since her creation and has brought forth a whole new dimension of cartoon characters. She has paved the way for female cartoon characters of today and will truly remain a legend in her time. I, for one, would love to help keep her alive in the hearts of future cartoon lovers and I hope many of you reading this will as well. Long live Betty Boop!

© 2008 Bonnie N. Ramsey

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      Honey dee 

      6 years ago

      I found a female cartoon character named Honey Dee at cartoongem. Very similar look.

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      betty boop figurines 

      7 years ago

      Truly Betty Boop is a legend. She is known all over the world even at this point in time.

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      Betty Boop Figurines 

      7 years ago

      This is an innovation of her character, now shes more cool.Betty for me is the legend yes I agree.

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      Haitham 

      8 years ago

      Great hub. I run a shop and on-line store where we stock Betty Boop Figurines. They are extremely popular with collectors everywhere.

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      Bonnie Ramsey 

      10 years ago from United States

      Thanks, BBop!

      My friend drew these and I get a new one every time she does something else LOL. I have a whole folder on my computer full of them! I just can't wait to see what she does next as she is awsome! Thanks for stopping by and I am glad you enjoyed it!

      Bonnie

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      bboop 

      10 years ago

      I love this! Great collection of Betty Boop pictures!

    • Bonnie Ramsey profile imageAUTHOR

      Bonnie Ramsey 

      10 years ago from United States

      Hi, SirDent!

      Thanks for dropping in and commenting! I also love Betty Boop. She was just so cute that you couldn't resist!

      Bonnie

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      SirDent 

      10 years ago

      Lots of information here in this hub. You certainly did your homework. I used to love Betty Boop cartoons.

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      Bonnie Ramsey 

      10 years ago from United States

      LOL Granny! Never thought of her as eye candy but you are so right! If only they used the same methods that they used back then. To me, there has always been more sex appeal to something that leaves a little to the imagination. Today, they just bare it and share it LOL. Thanks for taking the time to visit and leave comments!

      Bonnie

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      Granny Smith 

      10 years ago

      Bonnie,

      Thanks for the very pleasing, fun-to-look-at, and informative hub! Betty Boop is just so cute and irresistable. And that voice of hers is just as cute and sweet. She was selling sex long before it got to be X-rated. It was cute and innocent back then. How times have changed...

      Betty Boop - 1930s eye candy!

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      Bonnie Ramsey 

      10 years ago from United States

      Newlife,

      Thanks for your nice comments and taking the time to read my hub. I am really glad you enjoyed it! My sister's name is Betty so she is also an avid fan lol. Stop by anytime!

      Bonnie

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      newlife 

      10 years ago from Malta

      Great Hub!! Have to forward this to my sister. She is a great fan of Betty Boop! In Christmas time, my son always gives her some Betty Boop item;) Thanks for the hub!!:)

    • Bonnie Ramsey profile imageAUTHOR

      Bonnie Ramsey 

      10 years ago from United States

      Barranca,

      Thanks for the nice comment! Glad you enjoyed it! Stop by anytime!

      Bonnie

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      barranca 

      10 years ago

      enjoyed this hub. Love betty boop!

    • Bonnie Ramsey profile imageAUTHOR

      Bonnie Ramsey 

      10 years ago from United States

      Thanks for stopping by and comenting Beauty! You are always welcome!

      Bonnie

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      BeautyKazoo 

      10 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great hub! Awesome photos! Thanks.

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      Bonnie Ramsey 

      10 years ago from United States

      Thanks for visiting, Angela. I guess they have been around longer than we thought. But at least then it was pretty much laughed out of court. Today, she would probably have won millions!!!! LOL

      Bonnie

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      Angela Harris 

      10 years ago from Around the USA

      Betty Boop is so cool. I had no idea there was a lawsuit centered around the character. I guess frivolous lawsuits have existed for a long time. Very interesting.

    • Bonnie Ramsey profile imageAUTHOR

      Bonnie Ramsey 

      10 years ago from United States

      Thank so much, William! I will pass along your compliments to Minnie as well. I couldn't have done it without her!

      Bonnie

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      William F Torpey 

      10 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

      A wonderful history of a great cartoon character. And fantastic artwork of Betty Boop. I've been a fan of Betty's for years, and I appreciate your sharing this information and artwork. Congratulations, Bonnie, on a great hub, and to Minnie as well.

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      Bonnie Ramsey 

      10 years ago from United States

      G-Ma, Thanks for reading and commenting. I bet the quilt is awsome!

      Minne, Thanks to you, my sweet friend for providing me with your talents. As far as I am concerned, you are a master artist and I was honored that you allowed me to share it with my hubber friends here.

      Bonnie

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      Minnie 

      10 years ago

      WOW Bonnie you did a very good job with Betty Boop. Thanks for liking my art works of her. Also, your storys are fantastic. In fact, I didn't see the "Submit a Comment" I stopped at the end of the apples and went back up to read it over lol. Keep up the good work.

      Hi to all your friends, family and you. Min

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      Merle Ann Johnson 

      10 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Nice job..she is my sister's favorite and has quite a collection going..It is hard now to know what she has and doesn't have. I made a homemade quilt, body size of Betty for my sister long time ago tho. Thanks for the reminder. G-Ma :o)hugs

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