Betty Boop's Bamboo Isle


Betty Boop's Bamboo Isle

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Betty Boop's Bamboo Isle


 Betty Boop's Bamboo Isle (1932)

Betty Boop's Bamboo Isle is a 1932 cartoon featuring Betty Boop and Bimbo. After a short live-action performance by the Royal Samoans, Bimbo appears on screen playing a ukulele  while riding in a motorboat. The motorboat goes faster and faster, until it crashes into a tropical island. Bimbo flies into the air and lands in another boat with a topless (except for a strategically-placed lei) and dark-skinned Betty Boop in it. Bimbo and Betty, after nearly falling down a waterfall, are flung from the boat into a clearing surrounded by hostile trees, who torment the two. A group of savages appears, but Bimbo disguises himself by painting his face and sticking a bone in his hair. Bimbo is treated as an honored guest, and Betty dances the hula. A sudden rainstorm washes off Bimbo's disguise, and he and Betty are chased by the savages until they reach Betty's canoe and take off down the river. When it seems that they are alone, the two proceed to kiss in private behind an umbrella.


  • Betty Boop: "Holy smack!"
  • Betty Boop: " Whats your name?"
  • Bimbo: "My name is Bimbo."
  • Betty Boop: "Can you sing Bimbo?"
  • Bimbo: "I will if you play for me."


Cast & Crew



  • Was released on the 23rd of September in 1932.
  • This cartoon is now in the public domain.
  • Betty Boop has dark skin and is Samoan. The Samoan people are a Polynesian Samoan Islands.
  • Betty's hula dance was a visual high point of this episode and appears to be closely modeled on the hula dancer that appeared in the opening live action sequence (though the dancer was not topless as Betty is). This is one of the more apparent examples of the rotoscope technique which Fleischer Studios used for realistic animation. The hula sequence was later reused in Popeye the Sailor and Betty Boop's Rise to Fame.
  • In the 1934 Willie Whopper cartoon Jungle Jitters, a dark-haired version of Mary (Willie's girlfriend) appears to have been influenced by Betty's appearance in Bamboo Isle.
  • A the "Movie Star Island" hula sequence in Betty Boop's Hollywood Mystery is a tongue-in-cheek reference to Betty Boop's Bamboo Isle.

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