It is frequently said that in films and TV, sex sells. But never is this claim more true when tracing the record of European animation which is apparently for kids. Let's reverse time a bit and do a retrospective on the Queen of the Animated Screen: Betty Boop.
There was not anything serious about her but she was stuffed with charisma & appeal - for a cartoon character. While in her heydays during the early Twentieth century, she was the Marilyn Monroe of paper forms.
Betty Boop- was a brainchild of the famous animator Max Fleischer. The insane thing about the character design of Betty is that it was not even an individual to begin with. She was developed to be a strolling and talking France poodle - just like the other animal anthropomorphic character including Mickey Mouse. Nevertheless in 1932, its designer Fleischer completed it as a human, due it to its sex attraction success. Its canine hearing was transformed into ring earrings while its black nose was switched into a sexy button- just like the nose.
For the most aspects, Betty Boop- was just a supporting character. Her 1st appearance was recorded on Aug 9, 1930 in the Fleischer animated sequence entitled Dizzy Dishes, the 6th part in Max Fleischer’s long-standing Talkartoon animated sequence. Betty's significance as a sex attraction icon was stylized in glamorized style from short outfits to high heel shoes and then make-up. Nevertheless, this was more given prominence in 2 landmark films in 1932; Boop-Oop-A-Doop and Chess-Nuts.
These circumstances were early portrayals of sexual pestering in the silver screen - taboo topics during those times. This was an amazing representation of how animation can go well beyond entertainment. Betty Boop certainly should get its place in the animation hall-of-fame. Actually, just this year, Betty was still elected as the 2nd most cartoon character through a poll run by a paper in the UK.