Dizzy Dishes (1930) Betty Boop's First FUN Appearance

Back when Betty Boop was a dog and Bimbo was tall: It's one of my favorite Fleischer cartoons, "Dizzy Dishes," animated by Grim Natwick (creator of Betty Boop) and Ted Sears.

Look at the LOVE as Bimbo the waiter dances across the floor to take an order. I love how he takes a bow for the applause meant for the chorus girls! And check out the freaky painting at 1:03 ...and that song! as each customer barks his order in turn: "One roast lamb!"..."I vant HAM!" The ending is as ridiculous and surreal as you would expect from early Fleischer cartoons.

I love the unpolished vocal performances, too. At times Bimbo talks without even ANY attempt at making his lips sync...or even move at all. The Fleischers new that "funny" was more important than "polished," even though oftentimes they had both.

This is just one of those cartoons I can watch over and over ^_^ Every time I see it I discover gags and visual treats I had never noticed before.

If you click on the video (after it starts playing) it'll jump you to YouTube where you can watch it BIGGER. Which I recommend. If you have a good connection, click on the red HQ button to see it in the best quality. Now that YouTube has grown up in quality, there are seemingly thousands of fun and rare cartoons waiting to be discovered there. ENJOY!

Other favorites from the same era: Barnacle Bill and Bimbo's Initiation

4 comments: said...

“I vant HAM!” and the meat thrown at him has writing in Hebrew or in Yiddish.

Anonymous said...

that is awesome kelly from mikala

Anonymous said...

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Peter Bernard said...

The reason for lack of lip sync in Fleischers (most famously Popeye's unanimated asides) is because they recorded their audio AFTER the animation was completed. They'd rehearse the soundtrack live with the actors and band, playing along with the movie for a week. During that week, often extra funny lines would pop up as "ad libs" and the funny ones were kept in, even though no mouths were moving. They don't make them like THAT any more!