Betty Boop was a cultural icon in the 1930s, the symbol of all the appealing characteristics of the bygone roaring twenties.
The cartoon was a hit with adults and later with children, when the notorious Hays Code made her more toned down.
Her cartoons ran from 1930 to 1939, but in the mid-1970s they began to be broadcast on television again and she made a brief appearance in “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” (1988), where she complained she was the only character not shown in colour.
In March 2009, a UK newspaper voted Betty Boop the second sexiest cartoon character of all time, with Jessica Rabbit in first place
Today, Betty Boop, remains a potent symbol of the Jazz Age and is considered a pioneer achievement in the development of female animated characters who provided not only entertainment, but were also empowering to women. Her fans are called Boopaholics.
Trivia – (source: “109 Little Known Facts About Betty Boop” bettyboop.fandom.com/)
🔴 Betty Boop appeared in her underwear in “Silly Scandals” (1931) and “Poor Cinderella” (1934) more than three decades before Madonna was even born. [“Poor Cinderella” was her only colour cartoon]
🔴 Long before Marilyn Monroe’s dress was blowing in the wind. Betty Boop‘s dress made this statement in “Betty Boop’s Ups and Downs” (1932).
🔴“Snow White”, a Betty Boop Short, was produced years before the Disney feature of the same name and has been chosen for preservation by the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress.
🔴Before the censors tamed her down, Betty Boop‘s sexy silhouette was often revealed in films when she passed in front of a light source.
🔴 Betty Boop’s image appeared in a montage of desirable feminine icons in a Rolling Stones tour.
🔴 Two of Betty Boop inventions were the tape recorder and a spot remover. The tape recorder was a box with a mouse in it. The spot remover removed spots plus the materials on which they appeared.