Betty Boop’s early cartoons were aimed at adults and are considered her best due to her combination of girlishness, maturity and innocent sexuality.
” Helen Kane filed a $250,000 infringement lawsuit against Max Fleischer and Paramount in 1932.
Her suit charged that “deliberate caricature” perpetrated by the defendants had produced “unfair competition,” exploiting both her singing style and appearance.
Are you among the fortunate collectors who own a Betty Boop mesh purse?
Apparently relatively few of these bags were made and even fewer remain after eighty-odd years.
However, the cartoon character, Betty Boop, was an even bigger box office draw than many of the flesh and blood actors. And she was so popular that her likeness became one of the most frequently used images in mass merchandising during the Depression era.
Betty’s image was licensed for a wide range of products including nail polish, cigarette cases, dolls, playing cards, and metal mesh purses.It was revealed that a few years earlier Kane had attended a performance by Baby Esther, an African American singer that employed a similar vocal style.A Baby Esther test film was also introduced into evidence featuring the singer performing in the “Jazz Baby” style. Mc Goldrick ruled against Kane, concluding that she had not originated the “baby” style of singing and that she had failed to prove that her physical appearance was unique.It was inspired by “scat,” a style of jazz singing that was popular during the 1920s and ‘30s.Improvisational scat singers strung together groups of words and alliterative sounds that were intentionally nonsensical.She even voiced Popeye in a few cartoons, as well as Casper and Little Audrey.