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3:02pm on Monday, 31st August, 2009:

The Eye of the Beholder #5


Continuing the occasional series...

Betty Boop:

Being a cartoon character is not an impedement to being beautiful. To my eye, though, being a cartoon character and looking like Betty Boop certainly is. I really can't see where the appeal lies. Those cheeks belong on a hamster. Even Disney's Snow White is better looking, which shows just how low Betty Boop appears in my league table (Snow White herself coming many, many notches beneath the Queen who gave her the poisoned apple — those mirrors on the wall know nothing!). Things must have been truly desperate during the depression of the 1930s for Betty Boop to become a sex symbol.

There are beautiful animation characters — Belle out of Beauty and the Beast qualifies, for example, up until when she gets princessified. Daphne out of Scooby Doo, Melody out of Josie and the Pussycats, Penelope Pitstop out of Wacky Races — yup, all of those I'd say are beautiful.

Betty Boop, though? How can that be?

Yet millions fans disagree.

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