Saturday Morning Cartoons: Betty Boop’s Hallowe’en Party (1933)

In 1933, Betty Boop was at the height of her cinematic fame. The Fleischer-animated shorts–racy, daffy, and wonderfully musical–were immensely popular. Audiences couldn’t get enough of sweet Betty and her crazy adventures, and the Fleischers continued to churn out one appealing cartoon after another.

Over the course of her 1930s filmography, Betty Boop hosted any number of onscreen parties: a May Day event here, a birthday bash there. But none was perhaps so creepily amusing as her Halloween shindig, in which a big, hairy brute invades the party, only to be driven out by a cadre of spooks.

The gags are typically fast and furious here, from the opening scenes with the shape-changing clouds, to the “witch” and “cat” paint that magically takes appropriate shape on the walls, to the creative way in which Betty makes her jack-o-lanterns. And when the lights go down, the animated revenge of Betty’s creepy-crawly friends is truly creative, and truly entertaining, to behold.

Betty Boop’s Hallowe’en Party was recently restored and included on Olive Film’s compilation Betty Boop: The Essential Collection Volume OneFor more information, check out my review of this release over at ClassicFlix.

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