Iconic character Betty Boop gets new cartoon series

Boop-oop-a-doop!

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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.

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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. 

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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!!”