New York City breaks out into uncontrollable laughter in the Betty Boop cartoon Ha! Ha! Ha! (1934), thanks to animation over live action film and still photos.
The cartoon starts out as Betty turning into a dentist to extra Ko Ko’s bad tooth (made painful by biting into a Hershey Milk Chocolate bar). She turns on some laughing gas to help but the gas eventually wafts out the window of Max Fleischer’s drawing room.
The laughing gas affects mail boxes.
People. I wonder if these are Fleischer employees.
A bridge. Can anyone in New York identify this spot?
Cars. Is that a 1933 Chrysler on the left? It looks like a Model T on the right.
Finally, Betty and Ko Ko escape the gas by jumping back into the inkwell in a time-honoured Fleischer tradition. However, the inkwell succumbs to the gas as the cartoon ends.
Seymour Kneitel and Doc Crandall are the credited animators.