Boop-oop-a-doop, a familiar face is about to return to the stage. Betty Boop is to star in a new cartoon series, 30 years since her last starring appearance.
The 26 episode series will follow Betty’s attempts to make it big on stage, and is slated for release in 2018. In 2014 Simon Cowell revealed he was developing a movie starring the character, but the show will be produced by France-based Normaal Animation, makers of the Peanuts TV series.
Betty made her first appearance in the 1930 cartoon Dizzy Dishes, with an appearance based on the actress Helen Jane. As a caricature of the flapper girls of the Jazz Age, Boop is (somewhat bafflingly) considered the first cartoon sex symbol – although her personality is more of an innocent ingénue. Her look and distinctive voice are iconic, and she is a classic symbol of Americana.
Betty was part of the Fleischer Studios stable of animation that also included Felix the Cat. Mark Fleischer, current president of the studio, said: “My grandfather, Max Fleischer, created Betty Boop as a fun, feisty and fashionable female – and she has proven to be a character for all time. Few cartoon characters know how to combine glamour with sass, and independence… and very few have so much heart!!”