Betty Boop Learns a Hard Lesson
|Betty Boop looks pretty grown up in some shots.|
In this Max Fleischer animated shorts, we first see Cab Calloway doing an ancestor of the Moonwalk dance, then join Betty Boop with her family at breakfast. It turns out that she doesn't like how she's being treated, and so runs away. Is the grass greener on the other side? What do you think?
|Poor Betty Boop!|
Probably the best lesson from this cartoon, though, is that teenagers then were pretty close to teenagers now.
|The Fleischers must have had some really good lawyers...|
Naturally, we have the usual rotoscoped (hand-stenciled from the film) and unparalleled dancing of Cab Calloway, accompanied by his supremo orchestra. Betty is voiced by the legendary Mae Questal, who last did the voice in 1988 for "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" There's a reason this cartoon is considered one of the best of the Boop cartoons, and it's talent such as that shown by the aforementioned and also by animators Willard Bowsky and Ralph Sommerville.
"Minnie the Moocher" was a million-seller for Cab Calloway. Not many people realize that Helen Kane, the obvious inspiration for Betty Boop, also was a top singer of the era who had her own million-selling song, "I Wanna Be Loved By You." That song is as enduring as any other song of the time and still recognized today. Kane's singing voice was identical to the way Questal voiced her. Kane herself said she came up with "boop de do." They got Helen down to a "T," even including the pointy eyebrows and cowlick bangs. There sure were a lot of coincidences, Judge...
|... and, yes, the Fleischers did have good lawyers: witness one Esther Jones.|
|Cab Calloway puts on the moves.|
This classic Betty Boop cartoon was produced in 1932.
Music by the Cab Calloway Orchestra.
This cartoon is the 17th in the Talkartoon series. It is probably one of the most popular Betty Boop cartoons produced.
The cartoon starts with a performance of "Prohibition Blues" from the Cab Calloway before he became Cab Calloway and His Orchestra.
"Minnie the Moocher" is from a jazz song first recorded by Cab Calloway and His Orchestra in 1931. It sold over one million copies.
"Minnie the Moocher" is most famous for its nonsensical ad libbed ("scat") lyrics (for example, "Hi De Hi De Hi De Hi").
In his performances, Cab Calloway would have the audience participate by repeating each scat phrase in a form of call and response, eventually Calloway's phrases would become so long and complex that the audience would laugh at their own failed attempts to repeat them.
"Minnie the Moocher" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.
Betty Boop's voice is by Mae Questal
Producer : Max Fleischer