Monday, March 29, 2010
Title: So Does an Automobile
Series: Betty Boop
Running time (of viewed version): 6:14
Synopsis: Betty Boop works in a garage for anthropomorphic cars.
Comments: Betty looks oddly tall, thin and stiff in this, as we close in on her final appearance. There are several other humans, and they look comic strippy. "Jitterbuggy" is amongst the many text jokes. This cartoon supposedly marks the NY/Miami crossover. Guess the gators were soon to get Betty. Or that Mae Questel wouldn't move to the swamp and for some reason Marjorie Hines wasn't good enough to keep that franchise going (tho she was an acceptable Olive Oyl apparently). Same difference, really. The title song is catchy enough, but ends quickly and Betty walks from point A to point B to point C during it, which is a bit staid. The car hospital gives a chance for a series of spot gags involving cars, but they're not the best executed gags. They'd work well as a series of lushly painted trading cards or model kits, but they don't quite work here. Still, it feels more like a Betty Boop cartoon than My Friend the Monkey did. And for a public domain DVD, this viewed version looks very nice. (Blogger was being a pain today; it took multiple attempts at different times of day to upload the images).