YMMV / Betty Boop

  • Adaptation Displacement: More people have seen merchandise of Betty compared to those who have see her shorts.
  • Anvilicious: Be Human
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: One of the songs featured in the new iOS game Betty Boop Bop has Betty sing about how happy she is to be reunited with Bimbo.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The series is full of memorable songs, including the following;
    • Cab Calloway's "Minnie the Moocher" number, from the eponymous short.
    • Cab Calloway's "The Old Man of the Mountain", once again from the eponymous short.
    • "St. James Infirmiry Blues", sung by Cab Calloway in "Snow White".
    • "You Gotta Have Pep", sung by Betty in "More Pep".
    • The entire "Hells Bells" music number from "Red Hot Mamma".
    • The "How'm I Doin? (hey hey)" number from "I've Heard".
    • The title songs of the shorts "Mysterious Mose", "Barnacle Bill" and "Any Rags?"
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Betty herself in the old Bimbo cartoons, and it was her popularity that caused her to ascend to stardom while leaving Bimbo (the main character!) to fade into obscurity.
    • Betty's grandpa, Grampy, who was a minor recurring character, is quite well liked by fans of the series, and considered one of the few good things to come out of the later Betty Boop shorts, mainly due to his off the cuff inventing nature and jovial personality making him very likable and gag friendly. He even headlined a Color Classics short "Christmas Comes But Once A Year" by himself!
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: In "Making Friends", Pudgy ends up doing exactly what Betty wanted him to do—"Go out and make friends with the world." Unfortunately for Betty, his newfound friends happen to be a batch of rascally wild animals who proceed to tear apart Betty's house upon arrival!
  • Fridge Brilliance: In "Red Hot Mamma", Betty wanders into hell and proceeds to sing the jazzy "Hell's Bells" musical number. This could have been a subtle satire on how Jazz was considered "the devil's music" at the time.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: When Betty falls Down the Rabbit Hole in the Alice's Adventures in Wonderland-inspired Betty in Blunderland, she opens a jam jar, causing comedian Ed Wynn to pop out. Almost twenty years later, Disney's Alice in Wonderland would feature Ed Wynn voicing the Mad Hatter.
  • Moe: Betty herself qualifies as this.
  • Moral Myopia: Be Human was criticized for this; it showed that what the farmer is doing is horrible, but it's okay when he gets harshly punished for it.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Oh GOD, don't get us started...
  • Replacement Scrappy:
    • As mentioned below, Betty's dog Pudgy is this to fans of Bimbo (who was Betty's boyfriend) due to his more plain personality.
    • Fearless Fred is also seen as this, being a very one dimensional heroic love interest to Betty.
  • The Scrappy: Pudgy the puppy, Betty's pet dog from the later shorts. He is widely disliked by fans of the cartoons, mainly for his overbearingly cloying nature and lack of any personality, and having many shorts centered around or co starring him didn't do the series any favors. He is also a Replacement Scrappy. Pudgy is often seen as a very bland replacement of Betty's more vivid boyfriend, Bimbo the Dog.
  • Seasonal Rot: Once the Hays Office cracked down on the series in the mid 30s and Paramount's management forced Fleischer to make their works more family friendly, the Betty series went into a steep decline, with the shorts becoming much more dull and generic, and the Fleischers inability to add any interesting new elements to the series (barring Grampy) didn't help.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: Next to figures like Jessica Rabbit, it's hard to imagine a time when Betty Boop was considered genuinely racy and provocative. This is lampshaded in Rabbit itself, where Betty (who is now waiting tables) nostalgically notes that "I still got it!" next to one of Jessica's performances.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Surprisingly given the time, pretty much any time Betty is hit on by creepers or touched by them against her will, that's portrayed as being very wrong, even if she is flirty by nature. In general, it's not implied she's "asking for it".
  • Values Dissonance:
    • Betty is supposed to be a sex symbol, but she's also underage in some locations (she's sixteen). On the other hand, Max Fleischer once admitted to being indecisive about Betty's age.
    • Several of the shorts feature Blackface and other racial caricatures that would put an animation studio up to its ears in lawsuits nowadays.
  • The Weird Al Effect: Betty's design took inspiration from then-superstar Clara Bow. Clara's popularity dwindled when talkies emerged and now even classic film fans often don't know of her.

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