Betty Boop with Henry The Funniest Living American (1935)

Genres - Children's/Family  |   Run Time - 6 min.  |  
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The elongated title of this "Betty Boop" cartoon refers to "Henry", the popular comic strip created by Carl Anderson. In the funny papers, Henry was a bald, mute, mouthless boy who engaged in a variety of pantomimed adventures. On the Big Screen, however, Henry has not only grown a mouth, but also a set of vocal chords. The plot gets under way when Henry wanders into Betty Boop's pet shop, hoping to purchase a cute little dog named Pudgy: alas, he doesn't have the necessary two dollars. Betty offers to give Henry the dog for free if the boy will take of her store while she goes out. "Take care" is right! Before long, the establishment is in a shambles, and all the valuable caged birds have escaped. The cartoon's featured song is, appropriately, "Everybody Oughtta Have a Pet".