Betty Boop was the first cartoon sex symbol. This cutie was developed by Max Fleischer for Paramount Studio's Talkartoons cartoon series. Oddly, Betty Boop began life as a dog, but by 1930 she had evolved into a coy flapper whose innocent skirt-lifting and curvaceous outfits were sweetly suggestive of more than just singing and dancing. She made her debut on 8 August 1930 in "Dizzy Dishes," the sixth installment of the Talkartoon series. The character was modeled after a combination of Helen Kane, the famous popular singer of the 1920s and contract player at Paramount Pictures (the studio that distributed Fleischer's cartoons), and Clara Bow, who was a popular actress in the 1920s.
Boop was a big hit right away, and starred in over 100 cartoons from 1931 to 1939. Her design was altered several times in response to critics of her hubba-hubba look, and over the years she became increasingly less saucy (and less popular). Thanks to a Boop Renaissance in the 1990s, after a cameo in Roger Rabbit, her smiling image is showing up on everything from jewelry to slot machines. Betty Boop has continued to have strong merchandising power into the 21st century. And some of the newer pics have her with a ‘triple-D’ boob job.
Interesting Note: Mae Questal, the voice of Olive Oyl in the Popeye cartoon series, also did Betty's voice.
Like the confusion about Jed Clampett’s famous “Weeeeeell Doggies”, Betty’s trademark line, "Boop-Oop-A-Doop", also has a number of versions, "boop-boop-a-doop", or "boop boop be, doo!", or even "boo boo be, doo!". But since "Boop-Oop-A-Doop" is the title of one of her cartoons from 1932, we would have to think this is the right version.
Like the famous contradiction of Mickey Mouse having a dog friend, Goofy, as well as a dog pet, Pluto, Betty also had a boy friend named Bimbo, who talked and sang. Although looking like a dog, Bimbo was actually a cat. Betty was actually the supporting role in her first movie with Bimbo, but not unlike the Fonz, she ended up stealing the franchise. The Moral’s Code folks made Betty dump poor Bimbo. They could not have the appearance of bestiality. Betty’s pet was a small white pup named Pudgy.