Who Is Betty Boop?
Betty Boop, created by Max Fleischer for Fleischer Studios, debuted in 1930. She's considered one of the first animated sex symbols and a symbol of the Jazz Age.
Betty's Design Evolution
Originally depicted as a poodle, Betty evolved into a human by 1932. Her signature flapper style reflected the fashion and cultural trends of the Roaring Twenties.
Voice Behind The Icon
Several actresses voiced Betty Boop, but Mae Questel became synonymous with the character, voicing her from 1931 to 1938 and in later revivals.
Censorship and Changes
Betty Boop's revealing dress and persona were censored with the Hays Code enforcement in 1934, leading to a more conservative and domesticated character design.
Betty's Cameo Appearances
Betty Boop appeared alongside famous cartoon characters in 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit' (1988), affirming her status as an animation icon.
Betty's Legal Battles
Fleischer Studios lost the Betty Boop trademark in a 2011 legal case, opening the door for her image to be used freely on merchandise without licensing fees.
Betty Boop remains a pop culture staple, with her image used in fashion, advertising, and even as a feminist symbol, celebrating her independence and sexual freedom.