Betty Boop is the main character of her series. She is also known as Baby Boop & Bitsy Boop. She actually began as a caricature of 1920's singer & actress Helen Kane the Boop-Boop-a-Doop Girl, a singer who had became famous overnight in 1928. It was later discovered that Helen Kane had taken her "Boop" routine from an African American performer by the name of Baby Esther. The character was also influenced by the "It" Girl Clara Bow, Both Betty and Clara were often compared to one another most significantly in Hollywood on Parade No. A-8. Betty Boop first appeared in the Talkartoon Dizzy Dishes which was released in 1930 as a plump anthropomorphized french poodle, officially, Betty Boop was only 16 years old, according to a 1932 interview with Fleischer (although in The Bum Bandit, she's portrayed as a married woman with many children, and speaks in a deep toned voice, rather than the standard "boop-boop-a-doop" voice), but in Betty Boop's Birthday which was released in 1933, Betty only has 14 candles on her birthday cake, which indicates that Max Fleischer couldn't decide on a actual age for Betty.
Betty Boop in the News
Betty Boop's Biggest Fans of the 1930's
Some of Betty Boop's biggest fans of the 30's were Jean-Paul Satre, Gertrude Stien, Maurice Chevalier who was a big fan of the Betty Boop cartoon series and Theodore Adorno, even during the Nazi period Betty Boop cartoons were shown in Germany with Max Fleischer's name aryanized to Karl.
Popularity in Japan
During the 1930's Betty Boop's popularity soared in Japan. The distributor for the Fleischer Studios was Paramount, who according to their advertising also handled Disney films in Japan. Paramount started to handle American films from it's office in Tokyo from 1930. During that period Paramount's Tokyo branch promoted the Betty Boop series. After the character had became popular she began to be referenced in Japanese media of the 30's. In the film Our Neighbor Miss Yae a Betty Boop cartoon can be seen being watched by a Japanese audience. The character's large eyes inspired Osama Tezuka's characters, one in particular was Princess Knight, where the character seems to have Betty Boop's hairstyle. The style taken by American animation would later go on to influence the creation and style of anime . The Fleischer's responded to her popularity in Japan by releasing a cartoon entitled A Language All My Own, where Betty pilots a plane to Japan wears a kimono and sings live to an audience in Japanese. Animator Myron Waldman, was concerned that the depiction should be authentic, so he asked several Japanese exchange students to preview the film before it was released. Most original Betty Boop merchandise from the 1930's were made by small enterprises in Japan for the US popular market, but no records were kept of the unauthorized merchandise since copyright and trademark rules were not enforced. Apart from merchandise Japan had it's very own Betty Boop singer Alice Hamada, known as Nippon Betty Boop, who released several Boop inspired songs. Betty Boop's already growing popularity in Japan, exists to this day, although most Japanese people today don't know the character was a star of her very own cartoon series, they see the character more as a icon, like Marilyn Monroe. In 2013 the character was featured in Line Play a Japanese social application. The character was also portrayed by J-Pop artist Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Japanese Coca-Cola Halloween (2015)
Betty is aged 13-16 in the orignal cartoon series from 1932-1934. In earlier Talkartoons she is portrayed a anthropomorphic women (French Poodle). From 1935-1939 Betty is shown to live in her own residence and is shown going to work and or owning her own business. In the up to date specials that were made in the 80's "The Romance of Betty Boop" & "Betty Boop's Hollywood Mystery" Betty is classed as a woman. One reference in Betty Boop's Hollywood Mystery by Lola DaVille indicates that Betty is over the age of 16. Betty's official age isn't stated on her website but it could be indicated that her age range is somewhere around 18-20. In media she is classed as being 80 years old, due to her creation in 1930. According to a Fleischer Studios promo's featuring Betty. Betty Boop is 16 years old and will always stay 16.
Seize that woman! (Towards Betty) How dare you steal my treasure you little guttersnipe! Somebody call the police. (Betty Boop's Hollywood Mystery)
Betty has a affinity for the color black & red, she wears short skirts, high heels and a garter and her breast are highlighted with a low, contoured bodice that shows off her cleavage. In color Betty wears a red dress and red high heels with gold hoop earrings and gold bangles on each arm.
Betty is known to have blue eyes, but can sometimes be seen with green in official artworks.
Art featuring Betty Boop is printed in black & white the dotted lines indicating her eye irises do not appear. Betty's eyes are made up of only a black pupil and white eyeball. When printed in color Betty's irises print PMS 351 leaving the triangular highlights in the white pupils. The black dotted lines indicating Betty's irises never print. In special instances, the iris may be defined by a solid black line but only with permission of the Licensing Art Director. Betty Boop's eyes were altered in the Lancome Paris Star Eyes commercial, she also wears eyeshadow.
- Black (Classic)
- Blue/Aquamarine (Poor Cinderella & Official)
- Green (Official)
Betty's official hair color is black but she was a red head in the 1934 short entitled Poor Cinderella. At that time there were several different color processes being tried. Walt Disney has secured exclusive rights from 1932-1935 to use what was called the 3-strip Technicolor process. Because Technicolor was unavailable to them in 1934, the Fleischers turned to another color process called Cinecolor in order to make the film. (The animators made Betty's hair red in order to take best advantage of the limited color in this process)
- Black (Official)
- Red (Poor Cinderella/Cinecolor/Fleischer Studios Adverts) (1930's)
Little Ann Little's Claim
Little Ann Little "claimed" that The Fleischer Studios colored Betty Boop's hair red because she had red hair. Although this could be untrue as Little Ann Little was known to stretch the truth in her interviews. Another unusual claim from Ann was that Mr Fleischer always said that she was the original Betty Boop and even had won a court case over her. The original voice of Betty Boop was in fact Margie Hines.
Race & Religion
Betty Boop is Caucasian and is Jewish but unlike her parents Mr & Mrs Boop, Betty does not follow strict Jewish sects.
In Betty Boop's Bamboo Isle, Betty has dark skin and is Samoan. The Samoan people are a Polynesian ethnic group of the Samoan Islands.
The character was originally created as an plump anthropmorphic french poodle, which was originally meant as a caricature towards Helen Kane, who's career had ended with Paramount, The character was only meant to have made a one shot appearance, but the public loved the character so Paramount & The Fleischer Studios continued onwards with the character. By the 1930 short "Mysterious Mose" Betty had became slimmer, and by 1931 her snout had became a button nose. Betty became a full human character. From 1932 her floppy, poodle ears became hoop earrings. The original canine Betty Boop was classed as ugly by her creators, due to the fact that she pulled some really ugly faces in her first appearance.
Margie Hines the Original Voice of Betty Boop
Majories Hines won a Helen Kane imitation contest at a local cinema cathedral and was eventually seen by Billy Murray who worked for the Fleischer Studios. Hines then went on to create the voice for Betty Boop, which was based on the baby-doll styled sensation of the time and was asked to perform "I Have To Have You for the cartoon entitled Dizzy Dishes which was a song previously recorded by Helen Kane. Margie Hines did the voice for Betty Boop from 1930-1932 and then signed a contract with the Van Beuren Studios, she later reprised her role as Betty from 1938-1939 and voiced Betty in her final film shorts.
- While bringing out one of the orders in "Dizzy Dishes", Bimbo randomly encounters the as-yet unnamed Betty Boop standing on a table singing.
- Betty was classed as being very "ugly" in her first appearance by her creators, so they worked on the character and transformed her around 1930 until 1932 when they had finalised the character's design.
- Margie Hines was a Helen Kane sound-a-like who was hired to record " I Have to Have You", meaning she was the first person to voice Betty Boop & the first female voice actress who had been with the Fleischer Studios, long before Mae Questel and Ann Rothschild were hired.
Betty Boop Cloned
Betty Boop is also Known as
It is often quoted that Betty's name was inspired by the 1931 short Betty Co-ed. By 1931 her name was dubbed Betty in the 1931 short entitled Silly Scandals.
- Dizzy Dishes (Nameless)
- Barnacle Bill (Nancy Lee)
- Dolly Prance (Any Little Girl That's a Nice Little Girl - photo sequence gets mixed up with Lulu Belle's)
- Mysterious Mose (Nameless)
- The Bum Bandit (Nan McGrew)
- Kitty From Kansas City (Kitty)
- Wait Till the Sun Shines Nellie (Nellie)
- Betty Chan ベティ·ブープ (Japan)
Betty Boop's Residence
In the Betty Boop cartoon series Betty is seen living in a different home in each and every episode. In Bimbo's Express Betty is shown moving home, which indicates that she might do that on a regular basis, Where as in Minnie the Moocher Betty is shown to live with her parents. Following the later series Betty lives alone and sometimes with Pudgy.
Places in the Betty Boop Cartoon Series
- Places (See for information)
Helen Kane Look & Sound A Like Contest
Paramount Publix & The Fleischer Studios held a contest to find local talent, which was sponsored by Helen Kane. Second place went to Jo Miller in another of contest that had been held by Paramount. First place went to Mae Questel. Ann Rothschild & Kate Wright had also entered the contest which was held at the RKO Fordam Theatre in the Bronx. Helen Kane had autographed a photo to Mae that said, "To Another Me'" & Mae was given a contract by the Fleischers, and started voicing Betty Boop from 1931, sharing the role with Kate Wright, Ann Rothschild, Margie Hines & Bonnie Poe.
Ann Little stated the following:
Paramount were looking for a girl with a squeaky voice and i was given the part.
Mae Questel stated the following:
I won a contest and bingo, i was signed that night and it was a big thrill and i loved doing Betty Boop!
Betty Boop's Official Voice Actresses
Betty Boop was voiced by Mae Questel, Ann Rothschild (aka Little Ann Little), Margie Hines, Kate Wright & Bonnie Poe, Melissa Fahn and Desiree Goyette. Today Betty Boop's voice is provided by Cindy Robinson & Sandy Fox in commercials. Sandy is the more "Cuter", more high-pitched Betty where as Cindy's is the sultry-sexy Betty. Cindy Robinson did several commercials as Betty Boop in (2013). In (2014) Heather Halley and Camilla Bard provided the voice for Betty in Betty Boop Dance Card.
Mae Questel the Betty Boop Girl
Mae Questel was a actress and singer who was most associated with Betty Boop. At the age of 17 she won a contest imitating Helen Kane as sponsored by Kane. Later Mae would impersonate stars from the 30's from Fanny Brice to Eddie Cantor. She was later discovered by Max Fleischer and was hired to do the voice for Betty in the 1931 Talkartoon Silly Scandals. According to Richard Fleischer: “Several squeaky female voices were tried out in the early Betty Boops, but none seemed exactly right. The voice needed to be squeaky, but it also needed to be cute and sexy, to sing, to do good line readings, and be able to say and sing “Boop-Oop-a-Doop” in exactly the right way. Max finally found what he was looking for in 1931 when he came across the incomparable Mae Questel. Her voice and Betty Boop became synonymous. Oddly enough, Mae looked exactly like Betty Boop." Mae provided the voice for Betty Boop from 1931-1938 when she retired to raise a family for a short while, she returned as Betty in the 1988 film Who Framed Roger Rabbit, 50 years later. In the early 30's Mae also used to portray Betty Boop in person, to promote the series alongside Max Fleischer.
- It was originally thought that Mae Questel did the voice of Betty Boop for the entire Betty Boop cartoon series due to the fact that the original voice actresses were all uncredited for their roles as Betty Boop.
Betty Boop's Voice Actresses (1930-Present)
- Margie Hines (1930,1931,1932, 1938-1939)
- Little Ann Little (1930) (In person and on stage from 1934-1938)
- Harriet Lee (1931)
- Kate Wright (1933,1938)
- Bonnie Poe (1933,1934,1938) (Bonnie Poe portrays Betty live in Hollywood on Parade No. A-8 in 1933, She performs My Silent Love)
- Mae Questel (1931,1932,1933.1934,1935,1936,1937,1938,1988) (Mae Questel portrays Betty Boop live in Musical Justice in 1931, She performs Dont Take My Boop-Oop-a-Doop Away)
- Desirée Goyette (1985) (The Romance of Betty Boop (1985)
- Melissa Fahn (1989) (The Betty Boop Movie Mystery (1989)
- Sue Raney (1993) (The Betty Boop Movie (1993) (Scrapped Movie Storyboard)
- Bernadette Peters (1981,1993 (The Betty Boop Movie (1993) Bernadette plays Betty Boop live in (1981, Saturday Night Live, where she performs I Wanna Be Loved By You in a skit called Johnny Keep Your Gun Clean. (Was chosen by MGM to voice Betty Boop, but the movie was scrapped so she did not reprise her role)
- Lani Minella (2011)
- Heather Halley (2014) (Betty Boop Dance Card)
- Camilla Bard (2014) (Betty Boop Dance Card)
Present (Official Voices)
- Didi Conn (A&W Root Beer)
- Angelia ??? (2000) (Bally)
- Michelle Goguen (2001) (Garnier Lumina Hair Color)
Non-English Voice Actresses
- Mae Questel ceased doing Betty Boop in 1938, as she retired from her show business activities to raise a family. The Betty Boop voice was then assumed by Kate Wright and most by Margie Hines, who also did Olive Oyl from late 1938 until 1943. Mae Questel returned to doing voice work for Famous Studios in 1943 for characters such as Olive Oyl and Little Audrey and was also the voice of Winky Dink, the early interactive television show hosted by Jack Barry.
- Several of Betty's current voice-overs have also provided voices for English dubbed Anime and have come from Broadway as most of them specialize in high pitched girlish voices.
Betty Boop Record Recordings
During the early 30's Mae Questel made several recordings as Betty Boop entitled Mae Questel the Betty Boop Girl and covered several Shirley Temple songs.
Betty Boop has appeared in two official live action shorts by Paramount Pictures.
Musical Justice Gallery
- Bonnie Poe is often mistaken for Mae Questel and Helen Kane, during her role as Betty Boop in Hollywood on Parade A-8.
Hollywood on Parade Gallery
- Betty Boop Recordings (See for more information, on various song recordings)
Celebrities Featured in the Betty Boop Cartoons
Some of the biggest names of the 30's were featured in the Betty Boop series.
- Celebrities featured in the Betty Boop Cartoons (See for more information)
Betty Boop's Personality
Betty Boop is a light-hearted flapper, reminding the audience of the carefree times of the Jazz Age. She was the first character on the animation screen to represent a sexual woman. All other cartoon girls of that time did not differ much from animated male characters, with only eyelashes, voice and outfit alterations to show their femininity. In Betty's earlier cartoons, male characters liked to put moves on Betty, and generally she provoked that. Besides, there was a certain girlishness in her personality, which was emphasized by her style of singing, sentimentality, and overall flapper-like behavior.
Betty Boop's Quotes
Quotes used by Betty in her cartoon series:
Nutsy Dopsey! (When someone is trying to hurt her but fails)
Fresh! (When someone tries to hit on her)
Thank You, Thank You! (After performing in a show)
Boop-Boop-a-Doop, Boop-Boop-Be-Doop, Boo-Boo-Pa-Doo, Boopy-Doopy-Doopy-Doo-Poop-Oopy-Doo, Boop-Oop-a-Doop-Bop, Boop-Oopy-Doop (Betty's official quote, also used when singing)
Don't be like that/Don't be that way (Comics Only)
I'm too Pooped to Boop! (The Romance of Betty Boop)
Betty Boop at your service! (Betty Boops Hollywood Mystery)
Hi, I'm Betty Boop, Boop Oopy Doop! and would you believe that i'm from 1930? dont i look good for my age huh? (Universal Studios)
Go Away,You Big Bad Man! (when a male character is harrasing her)
Work's been kinda slow since cartoons went to color, but i've still got it Eddie! "Boop-Boop-e-Doop-Oop". (Who Framed Roger Rabbit)
Scram! (When she want's someone to get away from her)
Pudgy, you weren't doing a very good job, now i've hired alley cat. He's a professional mouse catcher. (Betty Boop and the Watchman)
Dear Betty, I can't mama wants me to mind Aloysius. Bimbo x x x x (Minding the Baby)
Oh my dear, i hope it's a man... (Someone rings her doorbell, Betty Boop's Birthday)
Where ya going bunny huh? (Betty Boop in Blunderland)
As you sow so shall you grow, so sow! (Betty Boop & The Scared Crows)
I'm Betty Boop and I Wanna Be Loved By You & Only You! - Boop-Oop-a-Doop!
Oh, Gee real Indians! (Rhythm on the Reservation)
Say Grampy how about some music? (Betty Boop and Grampy)
Aww, you hurt your little head? Now Pudgy you stay here and take good care of him! (The Scared Crows)
And Betty Boop is my name, don't you forget it! And Boop-Boop-a-Doop is my game! (The Romance of Betty Boop)
I'm just a bubble in trouble! She's gotta be stopped they want this diamond won't someone here please call the cops! (Betty Boop's Hollywood Mystery)
Betty Boop's Theme Song
Betty Boop has had two opening songs throughout the early Betty Boop Cartoon series, around 1934 the theme songs stopped and she can be seen opening the curtains and Booping, towards 1935-1939 the series only starts with her theme song in instrumental.
Version 1 (With Lyrics):
There's a little queen
Of the animated screen;
Wait 'til you, get a view of Sweet Betty!
Made of pen and ink,
She can win you with a wink;
Ain't she cute, get a view of Sweet Betty!
Those eyes, that pretty nose,
Although aside from these, she's got so much of those!
If you want to see
Just a perfect little she
Wait, till you get a view of Little Betty Boop!
Version two (With lyrics) (Betty Boop's Big Boss)
Betty you knocked me for a looper-looper
Betty each time you star
Betty it's time that we went steady, lets get ready for a wedding
Betty perhaps you'll Boop-a-Doop a lullaby to a Betty by and by
Version three (With lyrics):
A hot cornet can go: [cornet sounds]
But a hot cornet can't "boop-boop-a-doop" like Betty Boop can do!
A saxophone can go: [saxophone sounds]
But a saxophone can't "boop-boop-a-doop" like Betty Boop can do!
This little miss would never miss a chance for vocal tuning,
And anytime and anywhere you can hear this lady crooning!
An auto horn can go [auto horn sounds]
But an auto horn can't "boop-boop-a-doop" like Betty Boop can do!
Betty Boop's Main Theme Song - Don't Take My Boop-Oop-a-Doop Away
Betty's original official theme song is Don't Take My Boop-Oop-A-Doop Away.
Don't Take My Boop-Oop-A-Doop Away (With lyrics)
I was born with a certain habit that's part of me
It brings me happiness somehow, and now that habit is right at home in the heart of me
Without it i'm no good, no.. how
You can feed me bread and water or a great big bail of hay, but Don't Take My Boop-Oop-A-Doop Away!
You can say my voice is awful or my songs are too risque, but Don't Take My Boop-Oop-A-Doop Away!
I feel like a lonesome barrel without a hoop if you should deprive me of my Boop-Oop-a-Doop, Boop-Oop-a-Doop
It's the only thing i'll live for till the time i'm old and grey so Don't Take My Boop-Oop-A-Doop Away!
Aww, i feel like a little chicken locked in the coop! if you should deprive me of my Boop-Oop-a-Doop, Boop-Oop-a-Doop
You can throw me to the fishes even that would be ok, but Don't Take My Boop-Oop-A-Doop Away!
I Wanna Be Loved By You/I Want to Be Loved By You
Another official theme song for Betty would be "I Wanna Be Loved By You" a song most associated with Helen Kane which was her signature song and was made into Betty's signature song since Betty was rediscovered in the 1980's-present. Betty Boop's version is based on Helen Kane's but is mostly influenced by Marilyn Monroe's number but sung in the original baby-styled fashion. The song is often qouted by the character and has been performed by Desiree Goyette in The Romance of Betty Boop and is often performed by Sandy Fox the official voice of Betty Boop.
Intro (with drums)
I Wanna Be Loved By You just you and nobody else but you!
I Wanna Be Loved By You Alone!
I Wanna Be Kissed By You just you and nobody else will do
I Wanna Be Kissed By You Alone!
I couldn't aspire to anything higher then fill a desire to make you my own
I Wanna Be Loved By You just you and nobody else but you
I Wanna Be Loved By You Alone
Short Title Opening With Betty (1932):
Made of pen and ink, she can win you with a wink
Betty Boop: Yoo Hoo!
Aint she cute?
Betty Boop: Boop-Oop-e-Doop!
Betty Boop's Abilities
- Betty Boop is able to play the piano, as seen in several episodes such as, Betty Boop's Crazy inventions, A Hunting We Will Go, Betty Boop's Birthday Party, Happy You and Merry Me, & Be Human
- Betty Boop can impersonate anyone and is seen as a Impersonator in the first Betty Boop episode entitled Stopping the Show. Including such celebritys from the 1930's, as Maurice Chevalier, Fanny Brice, Helen Kane. Betty can also be seen impersonating Herbert Hoover & Al smith in Betty Boop for President, although she actually morphs into them. Although Betty's voice actress Mae Questel was a impersonator so that trait came from Questel. Mae Questel stated in a interview, that some of Betty's personality was based on her own.
- In On With the New, Betty is shown to be able to run at a high speed.
- Betty is also able to skate like a professional, as seen in Wait Till the Sun Shines Nellie & Thrills & Chills
- Betty is shown to be able to cook, as first seen in Betty Boops Bizzy Bee she is shown running a Diner. In later episodes she is seen to be an excellent cook, she even works as a chef in On with the New.
Betty Boop's Jobs
In the early Betty Boop cartoon series, Betty has been shown to have many different jobs. Officially Betty Boop worked in Vaudeville, as seen in Dizzy Dishes, Silly Scandals, Stopping the Show, Making Stars, Pudgy takes a Bow-Wow & The New Deal Show.
- Penny Arcade
- Race Car Driver
- School Teacher
- Automobile Car Repair's Woman
- Shoe Sales Woman
- Circus Performer
Betty Boop's Friends
- Bimbo the dog (Ex-Boyfriend turned into Best Friend)
- Koko the Clown (Second Best Friend)
- Betty Boop's Animal Friends (Rudy Vallee Melodies)
- Grampy (Friend/Grandfather)
- Junior (Nephew)
- Little Jimmy (Friend)
- Popeye (Friend)
- Buzzy Boop (Cousin)
- Pudgy (Pet)
- Aloysius/Billy Boop (Originally starred as Bimbo's baby brother in 1931 "Minding the Baby", but from 1932 was changed into the Betty Boop's Baby Brother, later known as Billy Boop.
- Henry (Friend)
- Mr & Mrs Boop (Mother & Father)
- Uncle Mischa (Uncle)
- Sally Swing (Friend)
- Bubby Boop (Brother, Comics Only)
- Aunt Tillie (Auntie, Comics only)
- Fearless Fred (On & Off Boyfriend)
- Wiffle Piffle (Friend, Is sometimes found annoying by Betty, as seen in Whoops I'm a Cowboy & The Hot Air Salesman)
- Beverly (Betty's Best Friend in The Romance of Betty Boop)
Betty Boop's Enemies
- Wicked Queen (Asks her guards Koko and Bimbo to behead Betty and have her killed)
- Miss Green (Fights over Lola Daville's Diamond necklace with Betty & tries to have Betty killed)
- Sam Slade (Deceives Betty & then tries to shoot her at the command of Miss Green)
- Willy Wolf (Attempts to eat Betty in Dizzy Red Riding Hood)
- Ugly Stepsisters (Both use Betty as a slave, to cook & clean for them until Betty marrys the prince)
- Johnny Throat (Gangster, who tries to have Betty killed after she refuses to date him in, The Romance of Betty Boop)
- Ringmaster (Strangles Betty, & tries to take her "Boop Oop a Doop" Away, until Koko saves the day)
- The Old Man of the Mountain (Terrorizes a nearby town, When Betty Boop Confronts him, & challenges him to a musical duel, after the song ends he chases Betty down the mountain, with perverted intentions in mind)
- Lecherous old man (Appears in many of the Talkartoons, was a villain in the Betty Boop episode, Mask-A-Raid & Chess Nuts)
- Big Boss (Sexually harasses Betty in the workplace,but by the end of the cartoon she falls for him)
- Mrs Fritzi Prissy (Originally disliked Betty and her dog Pudgy, until Pudgy saved her puppy Snooty)
- Gus Gorilla (Sometimes is Betty friend, and sometimes he causes alot of trouble)
- Irving (Cousin) (Plays tricks on Betty, until Grampy sorts him out)
- Tracy & Mimzy (Dislike Betty in The Romance of Betty Boop)
Betty Boop Information
It has been assumed that Betty's first name was established in the 1931 Screen Songs cartoon, Betty-Co-ed, this "Betty" is an entirely different character. Even though the song may have led to Betty's eventual christening, any reference to Betty Co-ed as a Betty Boop vehicle is incorrect although the official Betty Boop website describes the titular character as a "prototype" of Betty. There are at least 12 Screen Songs cartoons that featured Betty Boop or a similar character. Betty appeared in the first "Color Classic" cartoon Poor Cinderella, her only theatrical color appearance in 1934. In the film, she was depicted with red hair as opposed to her typical black hair. Betty also made a cameo appearance in the feature film Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), in which she appeared in her traditional black and white and was voiced by Mae Questel. Betty Boop appeared in two television, both specials are available on DVD & Video as part of the Advantage Cartoon Mega Pack.
$250,000 Infringement Lawsuit
In May 1932, Helen Kane filed a $250,000 infringement lawsuit against Max Fleischer and Paramount Publix Corporation for the "deliberate caricature" that produced "unfair competition", exploiting her personality and image. While Kane had risen to fame in the late 1920's as "The Boop-Oop-A-Doop Girl," a star of stage, recordings, and films for Paramount, her career was nearing its end by 1931. Paramount promoted the development of Betty Boop following Kane's decline. The case was brought in New York in 1934. Although Kane's claims seemed to be valid on the surface, it was proven that her appearance was not unique. Both Kane and the Betty Boop character bore resemblance to Paramount top-star Clara Bow. The most significant evidence against Kane's case was her claim as to the uniqueness of her singing style in which she swiped from a African American performer by the name of Baby Esther.
Helen Kane Lawsuit Bargain
According to Leslie Cabarga (Who had met Mae Questel in person), Helen Kane went to Max Fleischer and said if you use me in the cartoons instead of the other girl (Mae Questel) i'll drop the suit. Max who knew Mae Questel said i won't use anyone but my Mae, meaning he had declined Helen's offer.
Comparison Between Helen Kane & Betty Boop
Miss Kane's attorneys strove vainly to have the sound effects included. Saying they wished to show how Betty Boop had simulated "our" voice and our style. We will show you your honor that the defendants have made a studied imitation of our style, our movements of the eyes and our general mannerisms. Max Fleischer denied that Betty Boop was a caricature of Kane, and referred Clara Bow. which was false, Clara Bow was part of the inspiration when re-vamping Betty Boop. But Betty Boop originally started as a caricature of Helen Kane. Betty's hair was even changed red, in the only Betty Boop color cartoon Poor Cinderella to try and change Betty's appearance to differ to Kane. Betty's official hair color is Black, Although Little Ann Little who was hired to play Betty Boop in person was a red head. Mae West was also stated as being the model for Betty Boop, There was even a trade ad which showed Betty Boop next to a photograph of Helen Kane.
Betty Boop's Trial
The cartoon Betty Boop's Trial which was released in 1934, is most likley a reference to the Helen Kane $250,000 Lawsuit, but with a different story which show's Betty Boop go to court for speeding in her Automobile, which ends with Betty Boop winning. The music which is played for the title screen is Don't Take My Boop-Oop-A-Doop Away which hadn't been used in the entire Betty Boop cartoon series since (1932) and was then used in the Fleischer Victory Newsreel after winning the suit against Kane.
Removed Helen Kane Scene from Stopping the Show
The first Betty Boop cartoon Stopping the Show featured a placard of Helen Kane impersonated by Mae Questel asking Betty Boop to impersonate her. Before the Fleischer Studios showed all cartoons featuring Betty Boop compared to Helen Kane the Fleischers removed the scene before showing it to the Judge. The scene in all future prints after the trial cuts straight to Betty Boop singing "That's My Weakness Now", Fanny Brice (Also impersonated by Mae Questel) and Maurice Chevalier's scenes are not removed. According to valid information Helen Kane saw the original print of Stopping the Show and launched a lawsuit against The Fleischer Studios and Paramount.
Betty comes out on stage. There is a pan left across the audience to the stage in long shot. In the distance is a vague impression of a placard with the image of what looks like Helen Kane. Then the cartoon cuts, with the soundtrack splice audible, to Betty singing the song, "That's My Weakness Now." This was a song sung by Helen Kane, and is the only piece not set up with the talking photographs as with the others.
Betty Boop for President Franklin Roosevelt removed scene
In Betty Boop for President as Betty's head morphs from caricatures of Hoover and Al Smith, the one of Franklin Roosevelt has been removed, and there is an off-beat jump in the soundtrack as a result.
Testimony revealed that Kane had witnessed an African American performer, Baby Esther, using a similar vocal style in an act at the Cotton Club Nightclub in Harlem, some years earlier. An early test sound film was also discovered, which featured Baby Esther performing in this style, disproving Kane's claims.
Victory Newsreel (1934)
Max Fleischer responded to the Helen Kane by releasing a Victory Newsreel, which featured the 5 of the women who provided the voice for Betty Boop. Mae Questel, Margie Hines, Little Ann Little, Bonnie Poe & Kate Wright. Max Fleischer stated that the women all had a certain something in their voices. Mae Questel took the lead role and sung Don't Take Our Boop-Oop-a-Doop Away, with backup from the other voices of Betty Boop. The message to Helen Kane was:
"You can say our voices are awful, or "my" songs are too risque. But don't take our Boop-Oop-a-Doop Away!
Helen Kane's Responce
Helen Kane later told the press that she was shocked and disappointed, adding that both she and her friends felt that Betty Boop was a deliberate caricature of her. Kane went on to tell the newspapers that it wasn't the money, it was the fact that they had stolen her idea. I am Mad Mad Mad! I am so mad that i am going to spend alot of money appealing this case, they have stolen my idea, i don't need money. I sued these Betty Boop people for $250,000, I don't want a cent of it! All i want is vindication, it has broken my heart.
Helen Kane never provided the voice the animated character Betty Boop, but it often mistaken for the voice of Betty Boop.
$250,000 Infringement Lawsuit Trivia
- Helen Kane wanted Betty Boop stopped by injunction.
- Helen Kane was originally flattered with the character Betty Boop until she got mixed up for being the voice of Betty Boop and a Betty Boop Impersonator. Helen stated the following: "I have become a ghost...Recently in Hollywood when some children ran to open the door of my car they greeted me as Betty Boop. Betty is just one stroke removed from Mickey Mouse."
Helen Kane's Famous Trial Scene Show (1934)
In late 1934 Helen Kane opened a show at the Plaza Cafe with Harry Carroll, a famous vaudeville star and producer where she did her famous trial scene, the "booper" comes here at probably the highest salary ever paid a performer in a local night club.
Betty Boop Comic Strip
In 1934 Betty Boop's comic strip was launched. The strip was re-released in 2015 by Titan Comics and also featured The Original Boop-Boop-a-Doop Girl Helen Kane. In 2015 Dynamite Comics announced a new deal with Fleischer Studios and King Features to publish a new Betty Boop comic.
The Romance of Betty Boop (1985)
Betty Boop is a girl adored by her neighbors and a hard worker. She sells shoes in a shoe store along the day, and sings in the Bubble Club in the night.
- Desirée Goyette was picked to voice Betty out of 55 Actresses.
- Betty Boop Changes her outfit several times.
- Betty doesn't wear her garter belt in the whole film, even though the hays code rules are long gone and the garter is Bettys trademark, Bettys garter re-appears in the next film Betty appears in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" which was made 3 years after this cartoon.
- Betty's design in the film resembles Grim Natwick's drawings he did of Betty in the 70's & 80's.
- This is the first time Betty has sung Helen Kane's signature song "I Wanna Be Loved By You" and made it into her own.
The Betty Boop Movie Mystery (1989)
The Betty Boop Movie Mystery (1989) also known as Betty Boop's Hollywood Mystery.
Betty Boop works as a waitress in a diner with her friends Bimbo and Koko the Clown.
- Melissa Fahn provides the voice for Betty Boop and has replaced Mae Questel & Desirée Goyette.
- In Los Angeles, Betty Boop works as a waitress along with her friends Koko and Bimbo.
- This is the first appearance of Bimbo since 1933, who appears the color blue instead of black.
- The movie was made a year after Betty's cameo in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit".
- Betty's outfit has been changed to purple instead of the usual red and her jewelry had been changed to silver instead of gold, her garter is also visable, unlike when she appeared in The Romance of Betty Boop.
- Unlike The Romance of Betty Boop, The Betty Boop Movie Mystery try's to follow Max Fleischers original surreal style of the original Betty Boop cartoons.
Betty Boop Scrapped Film (1993)
In 1993 Richard "Dick" Fleischer who was the Son of Max Fleischer of the Fleischer Studio's wanted to make a feature out of his father's star character "Betty Boop" but those plans were later canceled. Jazz was a major part of most of the old Betty Boop cartoon shorts. In the storyboard in the link above Betty Boop performs a song called "Where are you" with her astranged father Benny Boop. Sue Raney stand's in for Betty & Jimmy Rowles stands in for Betty's father Benny Boop, although Bernadette Peters was to have voiced Betty in the actual movie, which would make the storyboard a pilot, but before the recording sessions started the film was abandoned. The music was by Benny Wallace and lyrics by Cheryl Ernst Wells.
Betty Boop TV Series (1996)
Richard Fleischer was shopping around for a Betty Boop TV series where Betty would be a intergalactic flight attendant, but plans for this were later scrapped.
Betty Boop's Misguided Tours Scrapped TV Series (1998)
Betty Boop's Misguided Tours was a TV show about Betty Boop as a tour guide on a bus that traveled to various places around the world. The show was supposted to have been hip and edgy. The show was pitched to MTV and HBO. The project was scrapped.
Betty Boop CGI (2001-2002)
In 2000-2001 a new Betty Boop TV series was going to be created in CGI by The Fleischer Studios, King Features with help from Mainframe Entertainment Inc, but plans for the feature were later scrapped.
- Betty has made cameo appearances in television commercials and the 1988 feature film Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988). While television revivals were conceived, nothing has materialized from the plans.
- In 1993 there were plans for an animated feature film of Betty Boop but those plans were later canceled. The musical storyboard scene of the proposed film can be seen online. The finished reel consists of Betty and her estranged father performing a jazz number together called "Where are you?" the music by Benny Wallace and lyrics by Cheryl Ernst Wells. Jimmy Rowles and Sue Raney provide the vocals for Betty and Benny Boop.
- In 2007-2008 Betty appeared in the Nintendo DS Game "Betty Boop's Double Shift".
- In 2009 she appeared in a mobile game by Namco called "Betty Boop Movie Mix Up".
- A Betty Boop Musical is in development for Broadway, with music by Davis Foster.
Nintendo DS (2007-2008)
The first ever playable Betty Boop game was released in early 2007-2008 by DSI Games entitled Betty Boop's Double Shift. The game was dissed by Nintendodojo and given very poor ratings, and was criticized for the unresponsive touch controls.
Betty Boop Bally (2011-2015)
Betty Boop has appeared in several slot machine games with Bally Technologies starting with Betty Boop's Love Meter which was then followed by Betty Boop's Fortune Teller, Betty Boop's Firehouse and Betty Boop's 5th Avenue. Two of which were ported to the Ipad/Iphone (Itunes) The game features Cindy Robinson who is the official voice of Betty for the Bally releases and has done the voice-over as Betty for Bally for five years running. The slot machines are often feature CGI openings and Betty speaks directly to the player. Bally has a vast history with the cartoon character Betty Boop, during the 90's Bally hired a Betty Boop impersonator known simply as Angelia a MGM Betty Boop impersonator. She started out as Betty in 1993 and later went on to portray Betty in person for Bally where she' was a integral part of promoting the slot machines for casino managers and none other than the Fleischer family, including Max Fleischer's son Richard Fleischer. Angelia worked with Bally from 1999-2000, then retired from portraying Betty in 2003. For the opening of Betty Boop's Love Meter, Betty can be heard saying "Bally and Betty back together again!" indicating that Betty has a connection to the company. The slot machines featured in the Casino's are known to be quite popular with guests.
Betty Boop Dance Card (2014)
In 2014 Betty Boop was featured in Betty Boop Dance Card by game designer Mickey Blumental of Fowl Moon Studios an IOS rhythm action card game on IPhone and IPad. The game was quickly followed by Betty Boop Bop and Betty Boop Beat. The game opening sequence featured Heather Halley as Betty Boop and David Babich as Bimbo. In game Betty's voice and singing vocals were provided by Camilla Bard.
The Betty Boop Movie (2016) - (Syco Entertainment/Animal Logic)
In 2014 it was announced by Simon Cowell that he would be producing the Betty Boop the Movie (2016) partnering with Animal Logic. Leaked emails suggest that the role of Betty was originally to have been played by Lady Gaga and suggested that the film will be a live action hybrid along the lines of Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
Betty Boop Musical
A Betty Boop musical has been in the works since 2002. Jason Robert Brown was hired to write the music for the show but was later fired. Sandy Fox the official voice of Betty Boop stated she originally was given a role in the show as Baby Boop but the show was scrapped. Five years later there was a whole new creative team featuring David Foster. In 2014 David Foster posted an update on the Broadway show and said that they were in their first reading for the musical.
Betty Boop Referenced in Other Animations
- Betty Boop Parodies & References (See for more information)
- Betty Boop Commercials (See for more information)
Betty Boop Toys & Games
Betty Boop Toys & Games & Products, include Betty Boop Precious Kids Dolls, which are the official Betty Boop dolls. The first Betty Boop Doll was made in the early 1930's, a replica was remade by Danbury in 2005, Danbury Mint still make porcelain Betty Boop dolls which are collected by fans of Betty Boop, although the Danbury Mint Betty Boop dolls are very expensive. Betty Boop's Love Meter was released for the IPad in early January 2012.
Betty Boop 2013-Present
- On the 29th of April A Day With Baby Boop (2013) was released on Itunes.
- It was also announced that Betty Boop would get a new makeover entitled "Betty Boop Zombie Love".
- In August 1st Betty Boop has been featured in a Japanese online avatar game entitled "Line Play" to see more information "Betty Boop featured in Line Play".
- In Spring (2014) Betty Boop is set to appear in Betty Boop Dance Card a card collecting rhythm game by Fowl Moon Studios.
- On the 14th of August 2014 Simon Cowell (Syco Entertainment) announced that he was working on a feature length Betty Boop film with Animal Logic, Betty Boop replied to Simon via Twitter explaining the following "I'm so excited to return to the big screen - and i only work with the best! Let's have some fun Simon Boop-Oop-a-Doop!". Simon replied by stating "Betty is an icon, and one of the biggest stars in the world - I'm thrilled to be working with her, Betty i've worked with some diva's but i think you could be the biggest of them all!", see (Betty Boop the Movie (2015) - (2016) for more details.
- Multi-million dollar retail property that continues to dominate at retail around the world, from mass market to high end specialty and boutique. Has 150 licensees in the US and 250 internationally producing merchandise in virtually every category. Powerful brands have associated with Betty Boop: Cola Cola, NASCAR, Bank of America, Lancome, Joyrich, Uniqlo, Forever 21, BrasNthings, Fiorella Rubino, Hamilton, Lottery Tickets, Fowl Moon Studios, King Features, H&M, Universal Studios Theme Parks, Animal Logics. Betty Boop is a featured consumer marketing campaigns supported by multi-million dollar advertising companys such as the Bradford Exchange, The Danbury Mint and Checks in the Mail.
- Betty has over 1.6 MM followers on Facebook and over 4.5K followers on instagram growing every day.
- A spin-off of Betty Boop Dance Card entitled Betty Boop Bop was released and also ported to IOS in March 2015 renamed Betty Boop Beat.
- A new App on the IOS entitled Dress Betty Boop was launched in May.
- On July 7th 2015 it was announced that Betty Boop would be featured in a new comic strip by Dynamite Comics.
- In 2015 Betty appeared in Betty Boop's 5th Avenue by Bally.
Betty Boop in Cartoons? (2013-Present)
- According to Mark Fleischer there are no plans for any new Betty Boop cartoons, but a Broadway musical has been in the works for several years and should have opened in fall 2014 but will most likely be released in the near future, when Betty has made her film debut.