A 16 year old 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.
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: Really dosen't have much of a personality.
- 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.
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.