Archive for the ‘Animation’ Category

Service With a Smile

October 19, 2019

“Service With a Smile,” a 1937 theatrical cartoon by Fleischer Studios featuring Betty Boop and Grampy. Directed by Dave Fleischer; animated by David Tendlar and William Sturm. Voice actors: Mae Questel and Jack Mercer.

Features the song “Service With a Smile,” written by Sammy Timberg, with lyrics by Lyrics by Bob Rothberg.

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Rhapsody for a pot-au-feu

October 18, 2019

“Three generations of the same family  under the same roof in discordant choreography. The mother, the family’s conductor, tries in vain to bring them together for dinner.”

A 2013 animation by Charlotte Cambon Vallet, Stéphanie Mercier, Soizic Mouton, and Marion Roussel, then 3rd year students at Gobelins, l’École de l’image.

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There’s Something About A Soldier

October 12, 2019

There’s Something About A Soldier, a 1934 Fleischer Studios theatrical cartoon directed by Dave Fleischer. Animation by Hicks Lokey, Myron Waldman, and Lillian Friedman. Musical director: Sammy Timberg. Betty was voiced by Mae Questel. Features the song “There’s Something About a Soldier,” written by Noel Gay for the 1933 film Soldiers of the King.

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Dizzy Dishes

October 5, 2019

“Dizzy Dishes,” a 1930 theatrical cartoon by Fleischer Studios.  It features a prototype Betty Boop as the puppy-love interest of Bimbo the Dog. Directed by Dave Fleischer; animation by Grim Natwick and Ted Sears. Voice actors: William Costello (Gus Gorilla), Billy Murray (Bimbo), Margie Hines, (Betty Boop, singing cats). Includes the songs “Hot-Cha-Cha” (written by Phil Boutelje with lyrics by Rubey Cowan), “I Have to Have You” (written by Richard A. Whiting, lyrics by Leo Robin), and “Never Say Die” (wriiten by Newell Chase, lyrics by Leo Robin). 

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Crazy Town

September 28, 2019

“Crazy Town,” a 1931 Fleischer Studios theatrical cartoon featuring Betty Boop. Directed by Dave Fleischer, with animation by James Culhane and Dave Tendlar. Voice actors: Mae Questel and Billy Murray. Music directed by Sammy Timberg. Includes the songs “Hot-Cha-Cha” (music by Phil Boutelje, lyrics by Rubey Cowan) and “Foolish Facts” (written by Frank Crumit, Billy Curtis, and Frank O’Brian).

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I Don’t Want to Make History

September 21, 2019

“I Don’t Want to Make History,” a Screen Songs theatrical cartoon by Fleisher Studios, 1936. Directed by Dave Fleisher; animated by Thomas Johnson and David Hoffman. Cartoon newsreel “scoops,” with a musical interlude by Vincent Lopez & His Orchestra. Featured tune: “I Don’t Want to Make History,” written by Ralph Rainger with lyrics by Leo Robin, sung by Mike Riley Follow the bouncing ball!

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Morning, Noon and Night

September 14, 2019

“Morning, Noon and Night,” a 1933 Fleischer Studios theatrical cartoon featuring Betty Boop, directed by Dave Fleischer. The film is based on Franz von Suppé’s 1840 overture “Ein Morgen, ein Mittag und ein Abend in Wien” (“Morning, Noon, and Night in Vienna”) and features David Rubinoff and his orchestra. Principal animation by Thomas Johnson and Dave Tendlar. Betty is voiced by Bonnie Poe.

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Luftraum

September 13, 2019

“Luftraum” (“Airspace”). Aerial views of cities and roadways, infinitely spliced and remixed by Dirk Koy.

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Betty Boop’s Ups and Downs

September 7, 2019

“Betty Boop’s Ups and Downs,” a Fleischer Studios theatrical cartoon, 1932. Here comes the Great Depression; there go property values. Directed by Dave Fleischer, with animation by Willard Bowsky and Ugo D’Orsi. Voice actors: Mae Questel and either Billy Murray or Claude Reese.

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Spooks

August 31, 2019

“Spooks,” a 1930 theatrical cartoon featuring Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Directed by Walter Lantz, with music by James Dietrich. Animated by Bill Nolan, Ray Abrams, Manuel Moreno, Clyde Geronimi, and Pinto Colvig.

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