Fantasmagorie, by Émile Cohl, is considered to be the first animated story in film. Though “Humorous Phases of Funny Faces” by J. Stuart Blackton pre-dates “Fantasmagorie” by 2 years, it did not serve as a narrative other than simply showing various facial expressions via the technique of hand-drawn animation.
Bimbo the dog is initiated into a secret society by having to survive a sadistic ‘fun house’. Then Betty Boop shows up (wearing dog ears). The more Betty Boops show up.
Betty, Koko, and Bimbo drive at the auto races; Betty has a cold, and her sneezes help her win.
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Irene Bordoni sings the title song in French and English with a Bouncing Ball. Cartoon sequences: Betty Boop as a cabaret emcee and cigarette girl; a romantic tom-cat gigolo
Amorous hunters Bimbo and Koko set out to bag some furs for coat-loving Betty Boop, but things don’t turn out the way they’d planned…
Betty Boop and Bimbo run away from home, but that night they are scared by a chorus of ghosts singing the title song. Features a live number by Cab Calloway at the beginning.
Koko and Bimbo take Betty Boop on a jungle safari, where they run afoul of a cannibal tribe caricaturing Louis Armstrong and his band members (they play the title song, partly in live-action).
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Popeye begins his movie career by singing his theme song, demonstrating his strength at a carnival, dancing the hula with Betty Boop, pummeling Bluto, eating his spinach and saving Olive Oyl from certain doom on the railroad tracks. This cartoon was also apparently banned because Betty Boop hulas topless.
I read somewhere this cartoon was or is banned, but I’m not sure what for. In this Betty Boop cartoon she is hosting a Halloween Party with her friend Scarecrow. Then a gorilla comes and tries to ruin the party.