CotD: Betty falls through the looking glass in 1934’s “Betty In Blunderland”
Betty In Blunderland (1934) – Betty Boop Theatrical Cartoon Series
Betty Boop falls asleep while working on a jigsaw puzzle of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” characters. The White Rabbit in the puzzle comes to life, and Betty follows him through the mirror (a.k.a. looking glass) into Blunderland, which is just like Wonderland, except that it has subway stations. She finds herself in front of a miniature subway kiosk, through which the rabbit has passed.
She wiggles through and falls down a long well, and crawls through a tunnel, finding herself in a room where characters make themselves small by drinking Shrink-ola. Betty drinks some herself, and shrinks to being small enough to pass through a tiny exit. She meets up with the Carpenter and the Walrus, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit and the Queen of Hearts.
After all the inhabitants of Blunderland emerge from the Mad Hatter’s hat, Betty greets them in song (“How Do You Do”) while they engage in various spot gags. Suddenly, the monstrous Jabberwock flows out of the Mad Hatter’s hat and carries Betty off; the Blunderlandians give chase in an attempt to rescue her. The monster drops Betty over a cliff and she lands, surrounded by the Carroll characters. After the entire company gets pitched over a cliff, Betty wakes up. She catches the White Rabbit and puts him back in the puzzle, where he belongs.