Thursday, April 19, 2012
Title: Swat the Fly
Series: Betty Boop
Running time (of viewed version): 5:24
Commercial DVD Availability: 600d4 or this or this
Synopsis: Betty destroys the kitchen because of a fly.
Comments: 1935 domestic Betty isn't as interesting as '39 Betty. Great portrait painting. Unclean dough making. These Betty Boop cartoons can wear on me more strongly than some other, technically worse cartoons, because the Boops are formulaic and I've been exposed to the formula. It is possible that Columbia cartoons are formulaic, but the formula is new to me. This makes Betty a victim of her own success. There's a real conservation of backgrounds (and animation) in this. It's weird: there's no close up of the fly.