Betty Boop is an animated cartoon character created by Max Fleischer, with help from animators including Grim Natwick. According to Wikipedia, the caricature of a Jazz Age flapper, Betty Boop was described in a 1934 court case as:”combining in appearance the childish with the sophisticated — a large round baby face with big eyes and a nose like a button, framed in a somewhat careful coiffure, with a very small body of which perhaps the leading characteristic is the most self-confident little bust imaginable.”
Despite having been toned down in the mid-1930s to appear more demure, she became one of the best-known and popular cartoon characters in the world.
- Betty Boop made her first appearance on August 9, 1930, in the cartoon Dizzy Dishes the seventh instalment in Fleischer’s Talkartoon series.
- Although Clara Bow is often given as being the model for Boop, she actually began as a caricature of singer Helen Kane.
Betty’s voice was first performed by Margie Hines, and was later performed by several different voice actresses, including Kate Wright, Bonnie Poe, Ann Rothschild (also known as Little Ann Little), and most notably, Mae Questel. She began voicing Betty Boop in “Bimbo’s Silly Scandals”(1931), and continued with the role until 1938, returning 50 years later in “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”. Today, Betty is voiced by Tress MacNeille, Sandy Fox and Cindy Robinson in commercials.
- Find out more on the Betty Boop official website.