Friday, August 4, 2006

Betty Boop Turns 76 (Aug. 9); Still Sexy After All These Years

PHOENIX (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – August 9 marks the 76th birthday of animated sexpot Betty Boop, but many fans have never been exposed to the cartoons that made her famous.

Animation historian Jeff Lenburg says Boop’s early ’toons are some of the raciest ever made, such as the 1932 short, Betty Boop’s Bamboo Isle, where she does a topless hula dance scantily covered by a flower lei.

Another sexy ’toon from 1931, Silly Scandals, shows Boop revealing a lacy bra underneath her short dress.

Even more shocking: In two films, Boop Oop A Doop, from 1932 and 1935’s Betty Boop’s Big Boss, her bosses can be seen rubbing her breasts.

It was antics like this that made her one of the first cartoon characters to be censored.

Although Boop’s reputation is now squeaky-clean – and she is a popular merchandising icon – Lenburg says fans can only see her original cutting-edge work if they seek out DVDs.

Lenburg is the author of a new book, Who’s Who In Animated Cartoon (Applause).

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