Friday Follies: Bettie Boop, Cab Calloway, a Walrus

By July 6, 2007Friday Follies

Friday FolliesFigured now that Will Ferrell has started up his comedy video site, Funny or Die, there’d never be that Thursday afternoon struggle to find a humorous post for Friday Follies. Just click over there, catch something, steal it and voila.

But darn it, they’re all so dirty. Most of the videos we watched in a heavy afternoon of research were foul-mouthed, unnecessarily so.

Kids, you don’t need to work blue.

So we’ll revert to the tried and true today, a Bettie Boop cartoon from 1932, “Minnie the Moocher.” Who knew that Bettie Boop’s parents were German or German-Jewish? (Although, with “Max Fleischer presents,” makes sense). Anyway, this seven-minute short brings you Bettie running away from home with Bimbo only to be confounded by a dancing walrus/Cab Calloway and swarms of ghosts. Bizarre and brilliant. To watch “Minnie the Moocher,” please click here.

(Well that was a belabored set-up, wasn’t it? For something punchier, watch Batman. 36 seconds.)

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