Everyone loves trivia about their favorite animated features and series, but with over 100 years of animation history behind us right now, there’s always some new obscure fact to learn. That’s why ComicsAlliance is going deep into the minutiae of your favorite names in cartoons in this continuing video series. You think you know cartoons? Well, here’s a few things you might not know!

This week we're taking a look at Fleischer Studios' most famous flapper, Betty Boop! Originally appearing as a supporting character in a cartoon starring Fleischer's anthropomorphic dog character Bimbo, Betty Boop soon far outstripped her co-star's popularity and became one of the studio's most enduring and iconic characters. This video traces the history of the character, from her beginnings as a poodle parody of a specific star, to her heights as a character of her own, to her toning down at the hands of the Hays Code, all the way to later revivals and adaptations.

Show notes:

  • Guys, I don't want to freak you out, but this is the top result when you search for "Betty Boop" on Amazon.
  • You can watch remastered editions of classic Betty Boop cartoons on DVD starting here.
  • You can grab a Biography documentary on the history of Betty Boop here.
  • A digital collection of classic Betty Boop comic strips here.
  • Roger Langridge and Gisele Lagace are basically the perfect team for a Betty Boop comic, so maybe you should check that thing out here.

Check out some installments of our other video series below, and let us know which cartoon series you think we should cover next in You Think You Know Cartoons?