Voted #19 on The 50 Greatest Cartoons
list, this 1933 Betty Boop
short is a very, very
loose adaptation of the original tale of Snow White
, not to be confused with the Disney version
. During wintertime, Betty visits her step-mother the queen, with the two guards Koko the Clown
and Bimbo the Dog being instantly smitten by her. After the queen is told by her magic mirror that Betty is the fairest in the land, she orders her beheaded. However, Bimbo and Koko are too infatuated to comply with this order and fall down the hole that was intended for her-as Betty escapes and gets frozen in an ice block in the process, with the seven dwarfs carrying her away. The rest of the short is centered around Koko and Bimbo as they try to save her.
This short is in the public domain
and can be viewed here.
On a side note, this short was something of a one man show-the only animator on this short was dedicated Fleischer employee Roland "Doc" Crandall, as a reward for his years of hard work at the studio. It took him six months to do, with some help from assistant animators and inbetweeners.
Tropes Used In This Short:
- Best friends are useless: How do Kobo and Bimbo try to protect Betty from the queen? By singing Minnie the moocher behind the dwarves as they carry Betty, and sitting on the ice cub Betty is trapped in instead of helping the dwarves carry it respectively!
- Deranged Animation: One of the Fleischer's most bizarre works outside of "Swing You Sinners!" and "Minnie the Moocher."
- Disproportionate Retribution: OFF WITH HER HEAD! For being prettier than the queen.
- In Name Only: The short starts out pretty close to the Grimms fairy tale, but around the middle, it drifts off so far, it's advised to consider this cartoon strictly as a Betty Boop short (even the poisoned apple is nowhere to be seen.)
- Random Events Plot: People tend to randomly turn into dragons and/or a frying pan roasting eggs.
- Rotoscoping: Used to animate Koko.