Betty Boop made her first appearance on August 9, 1930, in the cartoon Dizzy Dishes the sixth installment in Fleischer's Talkartoon series. She actually began as a caricature of singer Helen Kane The character was originally created as an anthropomorphic french poodle. Max Fleischer finalized Betty Boop as a human character in 1932, in the cartoon Any Rags. Her floppy poodle ears became hoop earrings , and her black poodle nose became a girl's button-like nose. Betty Boop appeared as a supporting character in 10 cartoons as a flapper girl with more heart than brains. In individual cartoons, she was called "Nancy Lee" or "Nan McGrew" – derived from the 1930 Helen Kane film Dangerous Nan McGrew – usually serving as a girlfriend to studio star, Bimbo.
Betty's voice was first performed by Margie Hines and was later performed by several different voice actresses, including Mae Questel,Kate Wright , Little Ann Little , Bonnie Poe but most notably Mae Questel . Most of the original voice actresses entered, Helen Kane look & sound-a-like contests held by Paramount & Helen Kane, Mae Questel won first place in one of those contests. In present day Betty has been voiced by Melissah Fahn,Tara Strong & Desiree Goyette & Cheryl Chase. Cindy Robinson is her current official voice.
Movie shorts & Cameos
Betty appeared in the first "Color Classic" cartoon Poor Cinderella, her only theatrical color appearance in 1934. In the film, she was depicted with red hair as opposed to her typical black hair. Betty also made a cameo appearance in the feature film Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), in which she appeared in her traditional black and white and was voiced by Mae Questel. Betty also appeared in the Romance of Betty Boop in (1985), where she performed Helen Kane's signature song "I Wanna Be Loved By You". Betty made her last apperance in The Betty Boop Hollywood Mystery in (1989).
Helen Kane on Betty Boop
- Helen Kane wanted Betty Boop stopped by injunction.
- After having lost the $250,000 lawsuit against Betty Boop, Helen Kane told the press that she was shocked and dissappointed, adding that both she and her friends felt the Betty Boop Cartoons were a deliberate caricature of her.
- Helen Kane never voiced the animated character Betty Boop, but was later mistaken for the voice of Betty Boop when she returned to the spotlight in the 1950's and used to sign photo's of Betty Boop and give them out to fans.
Songs previously performed by Helen Kane, sung by Betty Boop in her cartoons
- I Have to Have You: Helen Kane (1929), Betty Boop (1930)
- Dangerous Nan Mcgrew: Helen Kane (1930), Betty Boop (1931)
- Do Something: Helen Kane (1929), Betty Boop (1932)
- Aintcha: Helen Kane (1929), Betty Boop (1932)
- I Wanna Be Loved By You: Helen Kane (1928), Betty Boop (1985)