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.
Tropes Used In This Short:
- The Cameo: Koko the Clown is accidentally dragged out of an ink well as Betty writes a note to her parents before running away. Doubles as a Visual Pun, as Koko is from the Out of the Inkwell shorts.
- Creepy Jazz Music: The ghost Wily Walrus sings the old jazz song that the short is titled after, in order to scare Betty and Bimbo into going home.
- Dem Bones: The acid sequence includes a bit with three skeletons at a bar drinking beer. However that works.
- 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.
- Interspecies Romance: Between Bimbo and Betty.
- Lethal Chef: The flower that eats Betty's hasenpfeffer dies from eating it.
- 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: Its impressive use of rotoscoping to transfer Cab Calloway's dance moves onto the walrus is likely the reason the short appears on The 50 Greatest Cartoons list. 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.
- Unfortunate Name: Bimbo, of the "changed meaning" variety. When the cartoons were made, Bimbo was a slang term for a tough guy.
- 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.