LARGE & RARE BETTY BOOP COMPOSITION FIGURINE, measures 14" tall, marked "FLEISHER STUDIOS © 1931 KEENEYE N.Y. MFR." Made of composition. Overall excellent condition, original paint with some minor wear (mostly on back of head and around bottom of the base). This was a gift to my mother in 1931.
Fleischer Studios, Inc., was an American corporation which originated as an animation studio located at 1600 Broadway, New York City, New York. It was founded in 1921 as Inkwell Studios (or Out of the Inkwell Films) by brothers Max Fleischer and Dave Fleischer who ran the company from its inception until Paramount Pictures, the studio's parent company and the distributor of its films, forced them to resign in April 1942. In its prime, it was the most significant competitor to Walt Disney Productions and is notable for bringing to the screen cartoons featuring Koko the Clown, Betty Boop, Bimbo, Popeye the Sailor, and Superman. Unlike other studios, whose most famous characters were anthropomorphic animals, the Fleischers' most popular characters were humans.
One of the most famous female faces in entertainment history, Betty Boop, "The Queen of Cartoons," continues to delight millions of fans of all ages around the world.
Betty Boop, created by Max Fleischer, made her film debut August 7, 1930, in the animated film "Dizzy Dishes." Beginning as a minor character in this Fleischer Studios "Talkartoon" series, Betty quickly evolved into the main character. After trying a few earlier female voices, Max discovered Mae Questel, whose distinctive voice became the longest and best known voice for Betty. By 1932, Betty, the first animated screen siren, was starring in her own Betty Boop series and was taking the country by storm.
In the over 75 years that have followed, Betty has starred in more than 100 Fleischer cartoons, two syndicated comic strips, two animated musical television specials for CBS, and in the 1988 film, "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" She was saluted in a prime time, star-studded tribute on American Movie Classics and was the first cartoon character to be featured in A & E's award-winning "Biography" series.
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