Betty Boop History and General Information
Betty Boop was first created as a dog character by Grim Natwick and appeared as the girl friend of another dog named Bimbo. Betty's figure was modeled after Mae West's and her singing style taken from Helen Kane the "Boop-Boop-a-Doop" Girl. The voice of Betty Boop was that of May Questal. Max & Dave Fleisher first produced the Talkartoons for Paramount. Max drew his first comic strip for the "Brooklyn Daily Eagle" in 1902. In 1915 Max, Dave and Joe Fleisher invented the rotoscope which revoulutionized animation. It gave a much smoother, more life-like quality to the motion of the characters. Betty Boop made her debut as a sexy canine cabaret singer in the Max Fleischer short "Dizzy Dishes" on Aug. 8, 1930. In 1931 Betty's friends Koko the Clown and Pudgy, Bimbo's replacement, were introduced. Betty Boop evolved into her own with "Betty Co-Ed" when she shed her dog identity and the long ears became earrings. Betty Boop's beginings were quite risque and ahead of her time as gusts of wind raised her skirt long before Marilyn Monroe. By 1932 Betty was considered to be the first andonly female animated screen star who could do it all - Drama, Musicals and Comedy. Betty Boop had a flare all her own, she could be daring and assertive while keeping an air of innocence however in 1933 the Betty Boop short "Boilesque" was banned in Philadelphia for being too risque. By 1934, due to moralist pressure, Betty Boop began showing far less leg. There were more than one hundred Betty Boop cartoons produced including ninty in the official Betty Boop Series. "Stopping the show", "Betty Boop for President" and "Boilesk" are among the most noteworthy. In 1939 her last film "Yip Yip Yipee" was released. In 1934, King Features Syndicate started distribution of "Betty Boop", a newspaper comic strip drawn by Bud Counihan.
Betty Boop Film's & Appearances:
Betty Boop Movies of 1930: Dizzy Dishes Stopping the Show
Betty Boop Movies of 1931: Silly Scandals Bimbo's Initiation Bimbo's Express Minding the Baby Mask-A-Raid Jack and the Beanstalk Dizzy Red Riding Hood
Betty Boop Movies of 1932: Any Rags Boop-Oop-a-Doop Minnie the Moocher S.O.S Crazy Town The Dancing Fool Chess-Nuts A-Hunting We Will Go Admission Free The Betty Boop Limited Rudy Valee Memories Betty Boop's Bizzy Bee Betty Boop M.D. Bamboo Isle Betty Boop's Ups and Downs Betty Boop for President I'll Be Glad When Your Dead, You Rascal You Betty Boop's Museum
Betty Boop Movies of 1933: Betty Boop's Ker-Choo Betty Boop's Crazy Inventions Is My Palm Red Betty Boop's Penthouse Snow-White Betty Boop's Birthday Party Betty Boop's May Party Betty Boop's Big Boss Betty Boop in Mother Goose Land Popeye the Sailor The Old Man of the Mountain I Heard Morning, Noon and Night Betty Boop's Hallowe'en Party Parade of the Wooden Soldiers
Betty Boop Movies of 1934: She Wronged Him Right Red Hot Mama Ha! Ha! Ha! Betty in Blunderland Betty Boop's Rise to Fame Betty Boop's Trial Betty Boop's Lifeguard There's Something About a Soldier Betty Boop's Little Pal Betty Boop's Prize Show Keep in Style When My Ship Comes In
Betty Boop Movies of1935: Baby Be Good Taking the Blame Stop That Noise Swat The Fly No! No! A Thousand Times No! A Little Soap and Water A Language All My Own Betty Boop and Grampy Judge For A Day Making Stars Betty Boop and Henry, the Funniest Living American
Betty Boop Movies of 1936: Little Nobody Betty Boop and the Little King Not Now Betty Boop and Little Jimmy We Did It A Song Day More Pep You're Not Built That Way Happy You and Merry Me Training Pigeons Grampy's Indoor Outing Be Human Making Friends
Betty Boop Movies of 1937: House Cleaning Blues Whoops! I'm a Cowboy The Hot Air Salesman Pudgey Takes a Bow-Wow Pudgey Picks a Fight The Impractical Joker Ding Dong Doggie The Candid Candidate Service With a Smile The New Deal Show The Fox Hunter Zula Hula
Betty Boop Movies of 1938: Riding the Rails Be Up to Date PHonest Love and True Out of the Ink Well Swing School Pudgey and the Lost Kitten Buzzy Boop Pudgey the Watchman Buzzy Boop at the Concert Sally Swing On with the New Pudgey in Thrills and Chills
Betty Boop Movies of 1939: My Friend the Monkey So Does an Automobile Musical Mountaineers The Scared Crows Rythem on the Reservation Yip Yip Yippy
Betty Boop Movie of 1980: Hurray for Betty Boop
Betty Boop Movie of 1985: The Romance of Betty Boop
Betty Boop Appearance 1988: Who Framed Roger Rabbit
When is Betty Boop's Birthday?
Date of Birth: August 8, 1930
Who is the white dog that is featured with Betty Boop?
That's Pudgy, Betty Boop's loyal puppy buddy (created by Myron Waldman).
Who owns Betty Boop? Can I make my own Betty Boop Products to sell?
The Betty Boop Character and trademark is currently owned by King Features Syndicate and Fleischer Studios. Betty Boop is copyrighted and it is illegal to make and sell your own Betty Boop Merchandise.
What happen to the lady who did the voice of Betty Boop?
Mae Questel is the lady. She provided the unique, child-like voice of cartoon characters Betty Boop & Olive Oyl, and died at age 89 on January 4th, 1998. She was a veteran of stage, movies & vaudeville. Born in the Bronx, Questel was discovered at 17 when she was signed to perform on the vaudeville circuit. She did imitations of popular performers! When animator Max Fleischer heard one of Ms. Questel's performances, he signed her to take over the squeaky voice of the now worldwide famous Betty Boop. The voice was actually styled on the voice of another actor, Helen Kane, who created a sensation on Broadway in 1928 with a "boop-boop-a-doop" rendition of the hit song "I Wanna Be Loved by You." During her eight years as the voice of Betty Boop, Questel was in 150 plus cartoon shorts. Her recording of "On the Good Ship Lollipop", in her Betty Boop voice, sold more than two million copies back in the day! The Betty Boop Animated Toon was retired in 1939, but Mae Questel returned to the character when Betty Boop appeared in the 1988 movie "Who Framed Roger Rabbit." Also, in 1933, Mae Questel did the voices of Olive Oyl and Swee' Pea for the Popeye Animated Cartoons.
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Betty Boop History and General Information