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No Boop for you, Fleischer family

Betty Boop

Betty Boop

Betty Boop merchandising, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday.

The court ruled in a 2-1 decision that the chain of title had been broken after the original sale of the rights to Betty over 70 years ago. In essence, it said, Fleischer’s family lacks a valid copyright or trademark for Betty.

A 1930 court opinion said that Fleischer created the appealing female who “combined in appearance the childish with the sophisticated — a large round baby face with big eyes and a nose like a button, framed in a somewhat careful coiffure, with a very small body.”

In 1941, Fleischer transferred the rights to Betty Boop’s image and cartoons to Paramount Pictures Inc. According to the family, the rights were transferred several more times before they reverted to the family through their firm, Fleischer Studios Inc.

Afterward, the family started to license Ms. Boop for use in merchandise. A.V.E.L.A. Inc., a company which licenses images of the character, were sued by the family for copyright infringement.

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Two For The Zoo (1941) Gabby Theatrical Cartoon

CotD: The Fleischer’s had a very short lived series with Gabby, here’s one from 1941 called “Two For The Zoo“.

Two For The Zoo

Two For The Zoo

Two For The Zoo (1941) Gabby Theatrical Cartoon

Two For The Zoo: Gabby and the head zookeeper at the Lilliput Zoo bring in a new kangaroo to the zoo. A delivery man pushes a crate down the street containing a Rubber Necked Kango. Gabby bumps into the crate, and in his usual know-it-all fashion, offers to personally deliver the animal, a baby. Gabby doesn’t know that the mother is also in the crate, and she catches up with them, dropping the baby into her pouch, causing Gabby to think that the baby suddenly grew. They end up getting trapped in the kangaroo’s cage and the Kangaroo runs free.

Is My Palm Read (1933) – Betty Boop Theatrical Cartoon Series

CotD: Everybody’s favorite bimbo Betty Boop appeared in “Is My Palm Read” in 1933 
Is My Palm Read (1933) - Betty Boop Theatrical Cartoon Series

Is My Palm Read (1933) - Betty Boop Theatrical Cartoon Series

Is My Palm Read (1933) – from the Betty Boop Theatrical Cartoon Series

Is My Palm Read: Bimbo the fortune-teller tries to score with Betty Boop. As she enters the house, the lights are changed so as to see Betty’s silhouette through her dress, upon which Bimbo and Koko remark Hi-dee-ho.

Einstein Theory Of Relativity (1923) Theatrical Cartoon

CotD: An early one (1923) from the Fleischer brothers, from the Inkwell Studios days “The Einstein Theory Of Relativity”

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The Einstein Theory Of Relativity: This is an educational film that uses mostly live-action footage with animated sequences to illustrate Einstein’s concepts.

Hep Cat Symphony (1949) – Noveltoons Theatrical Cartoon Series

CotD: Seymour Kneitel directed this 1949 Noveltoon, full of fun and music “Hep Cat Symphony”

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Hep Cat Symphony: The hep cat in Tin Can Alley finds the mouse symphony orchestra practicing next door a constant disturbance to his jazzy jive.