Doing a Fleischer Brothers triple-play today. Get ready for some of the finest surrealism ever offered up in animated form. First up, it’s a very early Betty Boop cartoon, 1930’s “Mysterious Mose.” It’s a cartoon adaptation of one of my favorite Halloween jazz standards. You can tell it’s really early Betty, because (A) it’s racier than the later Fleischer Brothers cartoons, (B) she’s still Bimbo’s girlfriend instead of a star in her own right, and (C) she’s a dog. Yep, in early Betty Boop cartoons, she’s Bimbo’s love interest, and they’re both dogs.
Following that, it’s 1932’s “Minnie the Moocher,” in which a ghostly walrus (drawn using Cab Calloway’s movements as a model) performs the title song for Betty and Bimbo.
And, lastly, 1933’s “Betty Boop’s Hallowe’en Party.” Betty throws a party for her pals, which gets crashed by a junior-league King Kong, and she summons the forces of darkness to defeat it. (No, really, she does.)