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Western Animation / Minnie the Moocher

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"I'm not afraid, are you, Bimbo?..."note 

Folks, now here's a story 'bout Minnie the Moocher...

A classic Max and Dave Fleischer Betty Boop short from 1932, this short has Betty running away from her overbearing family with her dog boyfriend, Bimbo... only to encounter a singing walrus ghost (voiced by Cab Calloway, no less, and the opening sequence features the earliest known footage of Cab dancing with his band), which proceeds to sing them the title song. Deranged Animation ensues.

The short is in the Public Domain, and can be watched in its entirety here.


Tropes Used In This Short:

  • Disney Acid Sequence: Once Betty and Bimbo make it to the cave, and encounter the walrus.
  • Emo Teen: Betty waxes a bit Emo Teen after the fight with her parents when she starts down the old familiar "they'll be sorry when I'm dead!" train of thought.
  • Funny Foreigner: Betty's German-accented parents, complete with the obligatory "Was ist los?", "Dunnawetta!"note , and "Ach, du lieber Augustin!". Her dad also wears a Jewish kipple.
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  • Interspecies Romance: Between Bimbo and Betty.
  • Lethal Chef: The flower on the table takes a single bite of Betty's hasenpfeffer, and instantly dies.
  • Picky Eater: The short starts with Betty refusing to eat her hasenpfeffer. Considering how the flower reacts to eating it, she may be justified.
  • Pie-Eyed: Bimbo, typical of the animation style of the time.
  • Rotoscoping: Cab Calloway's dance moves were rotoscoped on the walrus. Calloway himself is said to have gotten a kick out of the end result, and would lend his singing and dance moves to two more Betty Boop shorts.
  • The Runaway: Betty
  • Talking Animal: Bimbo, the Walrus, the cat and her kittens.
  • That Poor Plant: To show how terrible Betty's parents' cooking is, a flower on the table tries some of the hasenpfeffer, instantly loses all its petals, and dies.
  • The Walrus Was Paul: Not helped that the short has an actual Walrus to go with the shorts already Mind Screw nature.
  • Wily Walrus: The ghost walrus isn't exactly evil, but very frightening due to being one of the many surreal, dark images in the cartoon. It doesn't help that the song he sings (which the cartoon shares its title with) is rather dark, being about a beggar woman who turned to drugs and was later found dead.