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Discussion in 'The toonzone - General Animation Discussion' started by Waylaid, Jul 12, 2005.
Weren't there any nudity in cartoons before the Hays Code was implemented?
Legend has it that the Fleischers allowed one frame of Betty Boop topless in every Betty Boop cartoon. There were also nude people without detail (Disney had some kewpie-doll like things and there could be topless women with strategically placed hair or no nipples).
There's a retrospective of pre-Hays Code Fletcher cartoons today, 7/12, at the Film Forum in New York City called From Boob to Nuts at 3:10. I tried going last night but it was sold out. Depending on whether or not I receive an expected phone call, I might check it out.
Priceless dialogue between the cats "Babbitt" and "Catstello" as they were using a ladder to try catching "Tweety," in the Warner Bros. cartoon, A Tale of Two Kitties:
Babbitt (at foot of ladder): "Give me the bird! Give me the bird!"
Catstello: "If the Hays Office would only let me ... I'd give him the bird all right! (whistle)"
Yeahy, there was some nudity and more risque behavior in the pre-Hays Code toons. Especially where Betty Boop was concerned! And there were a few Silly Symphony toons with topless women, not to mention the Felix the Cat onereels.
Any chances that these toons could get a release on DVD?
There was a WB cartoon called "Mr. and Mrs. is the Name", which featured topless mermaids. The cartoon even aired on CN in its early days.
Will Betty Boop ever get a proper DVD release?
Well, I just did a little research into these claims...
Apparently, there was a cartoon where Betty was a hula dancer. She was topless, but one of those flower-wreath-necklace things that hula girls wear was keeping her decent. But, like in one-or-two frames, you kinda-maybe see the side of one of her nipples poke through.
So don't go to these cartoons looking for hard core (or even soft core) nudity or anything.
If people though Betty Boob was all about softcore porn, then she wouldn't have that much merchandise floating around places like Target or K Mart.
There is a Flip the Frog cartoon called ROOM RUNNERS, which features a nude woman.
aside from the excessive panty shots of the warner and harvey cartoons...no.
If people thought it was... no.
...and just to make sure, you DO realize you just typed "Betty Boob", right?
He's not the first and he won't be the last.
while this has nothing really to do with Hays code here something about cartoon characters behaving badly.
Every year Warner Bros. would release a bloober reel full of stuff from around the studio. So one year the guys from WB cartoons sent in a reel of Porky Pig and Porky hits the hammer with his hand and says:
"Son of a b-b-b-b-b-b-b- Son of a gun, heh heh you thought I was gonna say Son of a ***** didn't you?"
The original was uncensored you can probably find it somewhere online.
And in Private Snafu cartoons done by Bob Clampett for the army they make alot of innduendo jokes. I dunno if i can't really repeat some of them here
But then again there's lots of great sick, very sick, gags in Beany and Cecil by Clampett.
The Hays Code?, what's that?
The Hays Code is a morality code implemented in 1934, which restricted what could be shown in movies. In animation history, it is most famous for forcing the Fleischers to tone down the sexuality in Betty Boop cartoons.
Right! And that's when they had to change her name from Betty Boob too.
o good, i was wondering the whole time what was hays code.
Yes. I have seen a few Tom and Jerry (not the cat and mouse) cartoons featuring some rather risque scenes along with open nudity.