Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Faster Than Boop

The Fleischer background artists used fuzziness to emphasize speed and it would appear the animators did it as well.

Note the fuzziness of the subway car pulling into the station as Betty Boop waits in Riding the Rails (1938).

The second car in the train is drawn normally, as the train is slowing down to stop.

Some more examples. You can see in a couple of cases on the far right of the screen where the drawings are normal. It’s because some bit of business is going to happen later in the footage and has to be clear.

The other thing notable about this cartoon is Sammy Timberg, or whoever composed the score, has a couple of scenes where Betty is strolling to what is pretty much the late 1950s Kellogg’s jingle, note for note.

And, for the record, Pudgy the pup is annoying.


  1. It's one of the better Pudgy cartoons, since like other non-Popeye Fliescher efforts of the time period, the more they can find a story that focuses on mechanical things and off the bland characters, the more their hearts were in the story (and with two major underground lines running on either side of 1600 Broadway, the studio was in its element in finding subway-related gags).

    1. Maybe, JL, but I found it tedious. I really don't care what happens to Pudgy.

  2. Looks like DVNR several decades before the fact.

  3. Pretty sure Kellog's co-opted that 'Good Morning, Good Morning' tune from an existing song in Famous Music's catalogue.