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|title||The Betty Boop Movie, "Where are You?" - Canned Feature Film (1,993)|
|published||April 2, 2012|
|Keywords||betty, boop, bernadette, peters, jazz, fleischer, studios, popeye, koko, the, clown, broadway, musical, cartoon, animation, max, dave, bimbo|
|description||Storyboard reels, with voices by Sue Raney and Jimmy Rowles as Betty Boop's "estranged father", Benny Boop. Bernadette Peters was reportedly meant to play Betty in the final version of the film. Originally posted on the Internet in April 4, 2,006:
To quote the website from which this came: http://www.moorestudiosinc.com/bettyboop.htm
"When Richard "Dick" Fleischer passed away last week, I thought about the Betty Boop feature that wasn't. In 1,993. Dick, the son of Max Fleischer of Fleischer Studios, sought to make a feature around his father's star character. Having had a long career as a live action director, he enlisted his friends, producers Richard and Lily Zanuck and Alan Ladd, Jr, head of MGM, to get the film going. They hired Jerry Rees to write and produce. I was hired to direct. Fred Cline was hired as production designer. We staffed up and began casting. Jazz was vital to the old Boop shorts. Musician Bennie Wallace brought his keen understanding of that era's music to recorded several demos that captured the Boop spirit while Cheryl Wells' lyrics moved the story forward. I would later work with Bennie on "Redux Riding Hood" and "The Indescribable Nth". Six months into pre-production, Frank Mancuso took over MGM and put the project in turn around. One of the last things done was this reel of the song "Where Are You?". Its a love song between Betty and her estranged father, Benny Boop. It was story boarded by Steve Wahl. It features legendary jazz pianist Jimmy Rowles, and Sue Raney standing in for Betty. I'll never forget the first time we played this song for Dick. He was very protective of Betty and not easy to please. He would gently, but firmly say "That's not Betty". So much so that we came to expect it (We privately called him "The Mad Bomber", a play on his gentle demeanor). Expecting Dick's harshest criticism, we were all quite pleased to see that by the end of the song he had tears in his eyes."
According to BiscuitBanna, here's some more information on the film, as well as why it wasn't made: "Betty Boop would have made it into the '90s with a movie about her being reunited with her long lost inventor father "Benny Boop". (Who somehow seems to be similar to Grampy). Bimbo & Koko the Clown also would star in the movie, alongside Betty, the concept artworks that were drawn were also blogged about, they show Betty being kicked off a mountain by a blonde haired woman, Koko inflating like a balloon, and Betty dancing with fire.Two weeks before voice recording was to begin with Bernadette Peters as Betty, the head of MGM, Alan Ladd, Jr., was replaced by Frank Mancuso, and the project was abandoned."