Saturday, March 26, 2011
Poe's Saturday Cartoon: BOOP-OOP-A-DOOP (1932)
This early Betty Boop cartoon was made back when the Fleischer Studio were still trying to emulate the Disney style with one little difference. You never saw Mickey trying to molest Minnie and take her "boop-oop-a-doop" away. Incredibly adult for their time, the early Boop cartoons took full advantage of a code less Hollywood. Made before the production code of 1934, these cartoons featured Betty as an innocent yet sexy flapper complete with baby-doll looks, short dresses, high heels, a garter belt and noticeable cleavage. The shorts were full of sexual innuendos, none so much as today's cartoon.
BOOP-OOP-A-DOOP has Betty at work in the circus, avoiding the sexual advances of a slimy ringmaster. His "moves" on Boop are jaw dropping exploitive, and you don't have to think long to guess what Betty means when she begs him not to take her "boop-oop-a-doop" away. Series regulars Koko the Clown and Bimbo make appearances in this must be seen to be believed cartoon.
Don't watch this one with the kiddies.