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    Pre-Hays Code Cartoons: Any nudity?

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    Weren't there any nudity in cartoons before the Hays Code was implemented?
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    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).
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    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.

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    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)"
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    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.

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    Any chances that these toons could get a release on DVD?
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    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.
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    Will Betty Boop ever get a proper DVD release?

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    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.


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    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.

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