Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Tooniversary: Betty Boop meets Popeye (1933)

It's been a long time since this one's been on TV.

80 years ago, Popeye made his screen debut, but while he was the title character, he was also guest-starring with Betty Boop, one of Max & Dave Fleischer's first stars. This classic cartoon, a pilot for Popeye's own series, has been banned from airing on television, presumably for some politically incorrect images or dialogue.

It wasn't too long ago when Betty Boop was being shown in my area. The Variety Channel, a digital subchannel, carried the shorts on Saturday afternoons, but the channel was booted by the local Fox affiliate, which has shifted digital sub-stations three times in all, before settling on The Country Network (now Zuus Country) a year ago. It's a pity that no cabler is willing to take a chance on Betty, who'd be a perfect fit for [adult swim], given the fact that her shorts were geared more toward adults in the first place.

Anyway, here's "Popeye The Sailor"'s 1st cartoon.

Rating: B+.

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