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Western Animation / Snow White (1933)

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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 Crandall just six months to complete the seven-minute short.

Tropes Used In This Short:

  • Body Horror: Bimbo defeats the Evil Queen (or the dragon-creature she was turned into) by turning her inside out.
  • Composite Character: Koko and Bimbo take the roles of both the huntsmen who are forced to kill Snow White and Prince Charming (more or less)
  • Creepy Jazz Music: When Snow White (Betty Boop) is killed by the witch, Calloway (as Koko the Clown) sings a haunting rendition of "Saint James Infirmary", while the witch transforms Koko into a weird ghost-like monster.
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  • 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.
  • Everything Talks: As usual in Betty Boop's cartoons everything from the mirror, the icicles and a tree stump all come alive.
  • Exposed to the Elements: Despite the snowy weather, Betty still wears her short skirted flapper dress and never shows any signs of being cold.
  • Fairest of Them All: Like the original tale, the queen is obsessed with being the "fairest in the land" and as soon as Betty shows up and her magic mirror unsurprisingly gives Betty the title, the Queen does not respond well.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: The Big Bad of the short is a vain queen obsessed with being "the fairest in the land".
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  • In Name Only: The short starts out pretty faithful 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.)
  • Magic Mirror: The Queen's hand mirror. It comes to life when the Queen talks to it.
  • One-Winged Angel: Near the end of the short, the mirror turns the Queen into a dragon who chases after Betty, Koko and Bimbo.
  • Public Domain Animation
  • Puddle-Covering Chivalry: Bimbo and Koko put down a sheet and Bimbo's long johns for Betty to walk over when she first arrives at the castle, despite the fact that there was no visible puddle.
  • Random Events Plot: People tend to randomly turn into dragons and/or a frying pan roasting eggs.
  • Rotoscoping: Used to animate Koko.
  • Wicked Stepmother: The Queen is this to Betty.


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