PBS corrects misinformation on its that site wrongly credited jazz performer Baby Esther as the inspiration for Betty Boop
The people at PBS took this story seriously and we couldn't be more grateful. We know that this story touches on subjects that feel particularly thorny right now and we hope that this course correction will move us toward a fuller and more nuanced understanding of this pivotal period in our country's history; one that continues to resonate and influence us to this day.
You can read whole story, appropriately titled "Betty Oops," here: https://www.pbs.org/publiceditor/blogs/pbs-public-editor/betty-oops/
We know that there is conflicting information out there right now, so we have made every effort to share documents and accurate information that will clarify and focus the discussion of Betty’s creation, history and legacy. Betty is and always has been a character whose commitment to love and kindness, independence, mutual respect and universal acceptance embodies the best in all of us. She’s a champion of empowerment and an ambassador of goodwill and joy. It’s in this spirit that we share this bit of her fascinating history. We hope you’ll read it, share it, and enjoy it. This article marks the beginning of an important discussion, and we welcome your thoughts, feedback and questions. Read the article on the Fleischer Studios Page HERE.
Happy Birthday, Betty! You’ve been one busy lady and this video says it all. Just look at all you’ve been up to this year!
For those of you who may not know, today is a very big day for Miss Boop. She’s celebrating her first appearance in “Dizzy Dishes,” one of her “Uncle” Max Fleischer’s “Talkartoons” — the first “talkies” in the animated cartoon world — which Max’s company, Fleischer Studios, created for Paramount. After her debut, Betty Boop quickly evolved into a curvaceous Jazz-Age flapper who captured the popular imagination and of course, fame followed. Dressed in a figure-hugging frock and thigh-high garter, Betty Boop went on to star in her own “Betty Boop” cartoon series, tapping into the edgy spirit of the times. Through the decades, her popularity has spanned film and television, fashion and music.
Today, the feisty, wide-eyed and vivacious icon remains in the limelight as The Original Sass Symbol – as popular as ever the world over in this new Digital Age.
In celebration of this momentous occasion, we’re kicking off Betty’s Birthday Bash with a month-long sale in the Official Betty Boop Online Store powered by ZAZZLE. Fans get 25% OFF all Betty Boop merchandise when they use the promo code “ZBETTYBOOP25” (valid through the end of August 2017). And be sure to be on the lookout for more fun promotions and sweepstakes coming down the pike this month.
Happy birthday Betty! Don’t forget to wish Ms. Boop a very Happy Birthday on her social media channels using the hashtag #HappyBoopDayBetty — you could end up with a very special surprise! ??
Since making her debut in the Fleischer Studios 1930 animated cartoon Dizzy Dishes, Betty Boop has gone on to become one of the most instantly recognizable global icons of the 21st century.
“The Definitive Betty Boop: The Classic Comic Strip Collection” is the most complete ever assembled, collects together, for the first time ever, more than 125 full-color Sunday newspaper strips and over 160 black and white daily comic strips, some of which have not been reprinted since the 1930s. This collection is a loving tribute to the one, the only, Betty Boop.
According to Titan Books editor, David Leach, this is the most complete collection of Betty Boop newspaper comic strips, illustrations and promotional imagery that’s never been collected before. Wherever possible the original newspaper strips were scanned and when that wasn’t possible, the best existing material was scanned and then lovingly restored.
The end result is the largest collection of Betty Boop comic strips ever collected in one album. It’s enough to make you go, ‘Boop-Boop-A-Doop!’
Fans may purchase a copy of “The Definitive Betty Boop: The Classic Comic Strip Collection” at Amazon.com.
I’m sure all the animation buffs out there know my Uncle Max Fleischer as a pioneer, inventor and innovator in the film industry. He was responsible for many “firsts” during the Golden Age of Animation.
Did you know…
Happy Birthday, Uncle Max!
Tee hee. Bet you wonder why all this talk about dogs!?! Well, my family has just mounted a wonderful exhibit on their website about all the wonderful dogs that have been part of our history at Fleischer Studios.
From the nameless dog who spoke the first-ever synchronized words in animation history to my Uncle Max’s dog, “Bimbo,” to the heartwarming story I told you about the real-life puppy in Chicago named “Betty Boop,” this exciting new exhibit features one of the earliest extant examples of Max Fleischer’s animation, never-seen-before home movie footage, and just a wealth of cool information about the dogs who had roles in many of my cartoons and throughout my family’s storied history.
Check out the exhibition at http://www.fleischerstudios.com/dogs.html. Boop-Oop-a-Doop!