Betty Boop is an animated cartoon character created by Max Fleischer, with help from animators including Grim Natwick.

She originally appeared in the Talkartoon and Betty Boop film series, which were produced by Fleischer Studios and released by Paramount Pictures. She has also been featured in comic strips and mass merchandising.

Betty Boop made her first appearance on August 9, 1930, in the cartoon Dizzy Dishes, the seventh installment in Fleischer's Talkartoon series. Although Clara Bow is often given credit as being the inspiration for Boop, some say she actually began as a caricature of singer Helen Kane, who performed in a style popular with many talented performers of the day, including black singer Baby Esther Jones.

Merchandise

Marketers rediscovered Betty Boop in the 1980s, and Betty Boop merchandise has far outdistanced her exposure in films, with many not aware of her as a cinematic creation. Much of this current merchandise features the character in her popular, sexier form, and has become popular worldwide once again.

Popular culture

Betty Boop's popularity continues well into present day culture, with references appearing in the comic strip Doonesbury, where the character B.D.'s busty girlfriend/wife is named "Boopsie" and the animated reality TV spoof Drawn Together, where Betty is the inspiration for Toot Braunstein. The 1980s rapper Betty Boo (whose voice, image and name were influenced by the cartoon character) rose to popularity in the UK largely due to the "Betty Boop" revival. The 1933 Betty Boop cartoon Snow-White (not to be confused with Disney's film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)) was selected for preservation by the U.S. Library of Congress in the National Film Registry in 1994. In 1996, Betty was parodied on Animaniacs in "Girl with the Googily Goop", with the Boop character called "Googi Goop". The episode, which was made predominantly in black-and-white, is also a parody of "Little Red Riding Hood", with the girl having to go to her grandma's house and ending up being kidnapped. Googi's voice was provided by one-time Betty Boop voice actress Desirée Goyette. One of the main characters of the 2012 film American Mary is a woman who has had extensive plastic surgery in order to resemble Betty Boop. In June 2012, Betty Boop was reportedly chosen alongside top model Daria Werbowy to star in a TV commercial for the Lancôme latest lash tool, Hypnôse Star Mascara. The commercial was released on July 2, 2012, and was directed by Joann Sfar.

In March, 2017, Betty appeared with fashion designer Zac Posen in an animated promotional short produced by King Features Syndicate, Fleischer Studios (its subsidiary) and Pantone.

Source and more info: Wikipedia.

Betty Boop value and price guide

What's your 'Betty Boop' worth? Here are some recently sold items (UK):

Item Title Date sold Price
Charles Fazzino Large Original 3d Mar 2019 £ 2 596,12
Two Bimbo Dolls From Betty Boop Both Feb 2019 £ 783,96
25x Zippos Popeye And Betty Boop Apr 2019 £ 984,87
Betty Boop Signed Grim Natwick Numbered Mar 2019 £ 701,23
Betty Boop 36 Statue Waitress May 2019 £ 303,34
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Jeanine - April 7, 2019

I have a very old wooden Betty Boop puppet. It is in need of repair. How do I found out it's worth? Are their people who restore these old toys? Thank You!
►reply: You could try and Google puppet restoration to find a few. If it's from the 1930s-1950s, it can be worth quite a lot, but I'm not an expert on these puppets.