Betty Boop for President

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Betty Boop for President
Betty Boop series
Directed by Dave Fleischer
Produced by Max Fleischer
Voices by Mae Questel
Music by Sammy Timberg
Animation by Seymour Kneitel
Roland Crandall
Bernard Wolf (uncredited)
Studio Fleischer Studios
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) November 4, 1932
Color process Black-and-white
Running time 7 mins (one reel)
Language English

Betty Boop for President is a 1932 Fleischer Studios animated short film starring Betty Boop. It was released on November 4, 1932 by Paramount Pictures.

Plot[edit]

Betty runs for the office of President against Mr. Nobody. Both candidates state their platform through song and dance.

In answer to various problems and political issues, Mr Nobody consistently promises that "Nobody" will solve the problem:

Who will make your taxes light?... Mr. Nobody!
Who'll protect the voters' right?... Mr. Nobody!
Should you come home some early dawn,
See a new milkman is on:
Who cares if your wife is gone?... Mr. Nobody

Betty's promises for improvements are shown, including door to door trolley stops, improved conditions for keeping the streets clean, and even a giant umbrella to protect the whole city from rain. Betty also promises to tame a split and incorrigible Congress made up of donkey Democrats and elephant Republicans, and offers a simple solution for prison reform: she will transform each hardened criminal into a limp-wristed sissy.

Betty's campaign promises win the crowd over, and she is voted into the White House by a landslide. A large parade is held in the new President's honor, as she thanks one and all.

Notes and comments[edit]

  • Betty Boop briefly morphs into caricatures of Herbert Hoover and Al Smith. Smith was the Democratic Party candidate in 1928 and was widely expected to run again, but the nominee would be Franklin D. Roosevelt. The use of Smith in the cartoon was probably the result in the lead time needed to animate the cartoon before it appeared in theaters.
  • Betty Boop for President was reworked by the Fleischer staff sixteen years later, when the studio, by then known as Famous Studios, produced a Popeye the Sailor cartoon entitled Olive Oyl for President. This 1948 short reuses many of the gags, as well as a reworked version of Betty's "If I Were President" song, applying them to a fantasy story about Olive Oyl running for president.
  • The title was later used for a 1980 compilation film, Betty Boop for President: The Movie. The compilation was later re-released in 1981 as "Hurray For Betty Boop".

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