Tuesday, August 13, 2013
(Video link) In this 1933 cartoon, Betty Boop and a host of animals challenge the ultimate sexual predator: The Old Man of the Mountain.
At 3:15, note the unhappy victim with the three bearded babies heading down the mountain as Betty goes up. The sexual suggestiveness of the film drew enough protests to force the Fleischer Studios to tone down the Betty Boop character. By the time the Hays Code came into full force, she morphed into a modest career girl. The music was by Cab Calloway's Orchestra. Calloway's dance routine influenced the choreography of the Old Man, using the new rotoscope process that the Fleischer studios pioneered.
Wikipedia article about the film
Archive.org about the film
Minnie the Moocher, another Calloway/Fleischer collaboration