Friday, May 15, 2015

Tooniversary: The Romance of Betty Boop (1985)

One of the few non-Peanuts specials produced by the team of Lee Mendelson & Bill Melendez reintroduced viewers to a legend from the Golden Age.

Betty Boop's classic shorts weren't airing in a lot of places by 1985. As it happened, Mendelson & Melendez obtained the rights to use Betty for a primetime special. "The Romance of Betty Boop" only aired once, that I know of, and there was a sequel, but produced by another studio. Have to check on that.

Actress-singer Desiree Goyette (ex-You Asked For It), who was composing songs for the Garfield specials, was cast as Betty. The inestimable John Stephenson narrates.

Prior to this, Betty had only appeared in color once, a 1934 short where the Fleischers decided Betty was actually a redhead. That, apparently, didn't fly, so Betty has her traditional black hair.

No rating. Never saw this one.

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