Characters / Betty Boop
A flapper girl, looking for a good time and good at heart. Was gradually toned down post-1933, but is still remembered today as the peppy, cute youth of her early days.
- Alliterative Name: Betty Boop.
- Ambiguously Jewish: Hinted at in "Minnie the Moocher".
- Anthropomorphic Shift: Originally appeared as a cartoon poodle, but gradually morphed into a cartoon human.
- Catch Phrase: "Boop-boop-a-doop!"
- The Flapper: She was born as a caricature of this.
- Good Bad Girl
- Hello, Nurse!: She got this reaction in most of her cartoons before the Hays Code kicked in.
- Impossible Hourglass Figure: Betty Boop was described in a 1934 court case as: "combin[ing] in appearance the childish with the sophisticated — a large round baby face with big eyes and a nose like a button, framed in a somewhat careful coiffure, with a very small body of which perhaps the leading characteristic is the most self-confident little bust imaginable."
- Ms. Fanservice: She is regarded as one of the first and most famous sex symbols on the animated screen. Her popularity was drawn largely from adult audiences, and the cartoons, while seemingly surreal, contained many sexual and psychological elements.
- New Job as the Plot Demands
- Progressively Prettier: She went through such a process during her Art Evolution. She started out as an anthropomorphic dog, and somehow ended up a cute flapper girl.
- Sexy Backless Outfit: Often wears these types of dresses.
- She's Got Legs: She's got some of the nicest legs ever drawn.
- So Beautiful, It's a Curse: In both the shorts Chess-Nuts and Boop-Oop-a-Doop where the bad guy lust for her and she need to be saved.
- The Tease
- Vague Age: She's either a teenager or young adult, depending on the short.
The initial star of the Max Fleischer Talkartoons
series of sound cartoons, Bimbo is a cartoon dog, bred of the stock rubberhose art style of the time and the Fleischers answer to Mickey Mouse
. Betty was initially created to be his girlfriend, but ended up becoming so popular that Talkartoons became her own series, with Bimbo getting into many escapades with her, some of which were romantic.
However, once the Hays Office grew its claws in 1934, Bimbo was immediately abandoned due to the Codes rules against bestiality.
- All Men Are Perverts: Er, dogs anyway.
- Art Evolution: In his early appearances, the animators simply could not make up their minds as to how Bimbo should be drawn, resulting in him constantly changing design between shorts, until they settled into a final sweater wearing design.
- Catch Phrase: "Okay, colonel!"
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: As mentioned above, he was abandoned post-1933 due to the Hays Office objecting to Betty having Interspecies Romance with him.
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal
- Interspecies Romance: With Betty, after she became human.
- Meaningful Name: During the 30's, anyways—back then, "Bimbo" was slang for "loser".
- Satellite Character: After Betty became a series regular, Bimbo was rarely seen without her company.
- Unfortunate Name: Of the "changed meaning" variety—back in the 30's, Bimbo was slang for "Loser." Making it a bit unfortunate to begin with.
Koko The Clown
The original star of the Max Fleischer cartoon studio from the Out of the Inkwell
series, Silent Age cartoon veteran
Koko the Clown made occasional appearances in the shorts as a copatriot of Betty and Bimbo.
- Cartoon Creature: Koko may be a clown, but he's certainly not human—he's more of an ink creature.
- The Cameo: Briefly appeared in his small form in the short "Minnie the Moocher". Fittingly, Betty pulls out him of an inkwell when she reaches for a pen, a nod to his original series.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Didn't make that many appearances in this series.
- Non-Ironic Clown
- Those Two Guys: When he teams up with Bimbo, such as in "Snow White".
After Betty was cleaned up by the Hays Office, animator Myron Waldman decided to give Betty a new friend, a moon-faced puppy named Pudgy, to replace Bimbo (a character whom Waldman despised). In a sense, Pudgy is Fleischer's answer to Walt Disney
, but arguably much cuter.
Betty's grandpa, who happens to be a genius inventor.