August 28th, 2007 at 15:05 (1930s)
This movie is of course a cartoon starring Betty Boop, the only thing you have to guess is the title. Although this Talkartoon by the Fleischer Bros. says Max Fleischer presents Betty Boop with Bimbo and Koko in the opening credits it’s actually Bimbo who appears on the screen most of the time.
This 6 minute cartoon is the first Betty Boop cartoon in which she looks recognizably human and doesn’t look much like the dog as which she has been designed originally. Her floppy poodle ears became hoop earrings, and her poodle fur became a bob haircut. This cartoon was made in 1931 like the copyright at the beginning mentions but was only released on January, 2nd 1932, and like in any other pre-Code Betty Boop movie we get a cool jazz song and some fine animation. Plus there’s a scene where Betty’s top of her dress keeps slipping down, exposing her bra.
As with all Fleischer cartoons everything can be animated, whether it’s Bimbo’s nose, some old shoes, underpants, a washboard, Bimbo’s heart that flys up towards Betty and finally lands with a parachute or Bimbo’s eyes that become the numbers of a cash register (looks more like a typical Tex Avery gag to me).
There a sequence here where a female toon hangs out cloths onto a clothesline. Is it only me or could this have been the inspiration for Rolf Kauka’s Eusebia?
The story of this cartoon is quite simple. Bimbo is the garbage man (the song line stick out your can, here comes the garbage man is quite catchy here) who walks down the streets of Toontwown and collects (well, actually he even steals some stuff - after all this cartoon was made amidst the depression) everything he can get hold of. He later sells the odds and ends at an auction. And that’s when Koko the clown appears, this time portraying a stereotypical gay person (i.e. talking nasal and acting effeminated). [There’s a similar scene in another Fleischer/Betty Boop cartoon from 1932 (Betty Boop For President where a big butch prisoner is accompanied by guards to an electric chair, which isn’t an execution device but instead it cleans his teeth, polish his nails and turns him into a thin, effeminated sissy.]
Finally Bimbo and Betty are together in Bimbo’s cart, that rolls downhill, lands upside down and magically turns into a house. The odd thing is that they both now have a pet dog, which means dogs like Bimbo and Betty (a dog turned human) are having a dog.
Below are some screen shots of the cartoon. I’m sure by now you already know the name of the Betty Boop cartoon we’re searching this time.