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January 2, 2020 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Round up, not off.

2020 – the sequence looks like two sets of twins going on a double date.

Betty Boop title screen for cartoon series (USPD. betweem 1924-1963, CR not renewed/artist life/pub.date/Wikimedia.org

Oh, and what makes you think so?(USPD./Wikimedia.org

Actually, 2020 reminds me of Betty Boop – for several reasons.

  • Free spirited, girlish, and innocent, Betty Boop the carefree 1920‘s Jazz Age flapper was eager to leave the Depression behind.(Last year depression was wide spread – and there was plenty of flapping – to be left behind now in this new Roaring 20’s?)
  • In 2002, Betty Boop was voted #17 of TV Guide’s 50 greatest cartoon characters of all time according to WIKI.(Twilight Zone significance that the numerals are the same, only arranged in different order? Any numerologists out there? Coincidence, mere coincidence.)
  • As time passed, Betty had to confirm to society’s rules (National Legion of Decency and the Production Code of 1934). She changed wardrobe to more career girl or spinster housewife, gradually decreased the number of flirty curls in her hair style, and even stopped wearing gold bracelets and hoop earrings. More mature and perhaps wiser from life’s experiences, she may have decided precautions advised when taking public transportation. (Could Betty simply a metaphor for each of us? As days, weeks, and months steal away during the calendar’s progression, people seem to slowly fade from New Year’s Eve’s optimism and energetic plans into a grey, drudging, boring day to day existence.) 
Cartoon car with Roger Rabbit and Jessica Rabbit. Movie poster . Roger and Jessica Rabbit. ( image from: Rogerebert.com)

We need some well rounded 2020 cars like this one! Jessica Rabbit doesn’t have take a back seat for anyone, but she loves her Roger.(Image from: Rogerebert.com. Read his movie review there.)

2020: Well rounded. Or deceptively “just drawn that way”?

Each Betty Boop keeps a little Jessica Rabbit tucked in there just like each year suggests the potential for “a little naughty”.

There was that company Christmas card of Betty winking while in bed with Santa.

Still you gotta love Betty’s line of “No, he couldn’t take my boop-oop-a-doop away” after fighting off a ringmaster determined to ravish her in one episode, teenage feminist that she was. (A so 2020 experience.)

In March 2009, a UK newspaper voted Jessica Rabbit the sexiest cartoon character of all time, with Betty Boop coming in second and, (oddly) the Cadbury’s Caramel Bunny coming in third.

There are obvious reasons why Betty Boop would be draw like Jessica as a BFF. Previously, Empire Magazine stated Jessica Rabbit had  “more to her than just the sort of lines that would clean sweep America’s Next Top Model. There’s a pure heart and ready wit beneath that magnificent exterior.”

Same could be said about Betty Boop. Classics over time.

Each year, despite what shape it starts out in, presents a some unexpected consequences, conflict to be sorted, and accolades earned. Surprises keep people on their toes.

So we’ll see what waits for us in this cartoon character-shaped year, 2020. 

All pumped up and kicky.

Those two kicky left legs sticking out on 2020″ suggests a bit of an edge – a new angle. Pretty Betty-ish.

There’s real possibility 2020’s gonna shape up really Boop-Oop-a-Doop!

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

cartoon character Betty Boop in classic red dress and curls. (USPD/clip art/Wikimedia.org)

Betty says, “Hang on to your curls. What goes around, comes around. Rinse and repeat.” (USPD/clip art/Wikimedia.org)

 

 

 

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  1. Kate Crimmins / Jan 2 2020 7:46 am

    The cadbury bunny? I have to go look at that!

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  2. pensitivity101 / Jan 2 2020 8:56 am

    Loved Betty Boop. I had a sweatshirt with her on the front and I loved it.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 2 2020 11:55 am

      After reading a bit about Betty, I have to say, couldn’t ask for a better role model – she’s know who she is and enjoys life – and not quite the bimbo people assume HaHa
      Thanks for the jazzy comment. Hope your New Year is hoppin’

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  3. Littlesundog / Jan 2 2020 11:18 am

    I always loved Betty Boop. It seems like all of the fun has been taken from characters with so much political correctness going on at every turn.

    2020 looks positive – I feel adventure and good fortune in the air! Maybe I just like even numbers.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 2 2020 11:38 am

      Let’s hope seeing with clear 20/20 vision is restored! ( what a even tempered set of numbers: 2020. 4 places in the set and they numerals add up to 4 – and when divided in half ends up with 2, too!…bound to mean something. HaHa. Betty is delightful ( and keeps returning – she was in the Roger Rabbit movie..not surprising as networking friends gets jobs in Hollywood Ha!). With luck many will go through this year with her attitude. Thanks for bopping by (and Happy New Year!)

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  4. shoreacres / Jan 2 2020 4:04 pm

    I’ve never heard of the Cadbury Bunny, and I had no idea there was a Jessica Rabbit — where have I been? Of course, that’s a confession I’ve never seen the Roger Rabbit movie, either. But Betty? I loved her as a kid, although she probably already was toning it down a bit by then.

    Who knows what the coming year will bring? More and more people are saying the equivalent of “Enough with the drama, already.” A little fun is in order — or, if we can’t have fun yet, at least we can meet in the back alleys and say, “Boop-boop-a-doop”!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 5 2020 2:00 pm

      You may not have hopped with the nibbling bunny, but you’ve encountered his foil covered candy Easter eggs. Betty made an appearance in Roger Rabbit – she’s a c classic that never goes out of style – and maybe should be the role model for the year? We could all use a little lightheartedness and return to looking on the positive and fun side instead of gloom and victimhood. All Betty inclined – go for it!
      Thanks for bopping along

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  5. sustainabilitea / Jan 2 2020 4:39 pm

    That sexiest list is…unusual? Certainly unexpected! As for 2020, you kind of stole my comment about us all having a perfect vision in the upcoming year or a perfect vision for the next year/decade/or…

    janet

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 5 2020 2:02 pm

      Looks like those making the list may have better 2020 vision than those making all the noise? Ready to roar for a flappers’ good year. Get out the dancing shoes and walk away from the gloomers and doomers – life insists.
      Thanks for adding a sparkling comment

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  6. aFrankAngle / Jan 2 2020 6:49 pm

    Gotta love Betty … a classic! Also took me back to July 27 2013 https://afrankangle.wordpress.com/2013/07/27/on-the-first-sex-symbol/ … Happy New Year!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 5 2020 2:05 pm

      Yep, she’s worth a second look. And you can’t seem to put Betty in the corner. Enjoyed seeing her in Roger Rabbit – Her history is pretty interesting – more to that runaway than those big eyes – Everyone bop like Betty! Thanks for strolling this way

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  7. Spinster / Jan 3 2020 11:41 am

    Happy 2020 to you.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 5 2020 2:05 pm

      HA! You’ve reappeared! Hope to see your blog adventures more this year. Hope 2020 is going well.Thanks for dancing along here.

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      • Spinster / Jan 5 2020 3:19 pm

        So much going on (mostly good). I wish I could privately contact you to tell you. Gonna try finishing some posts & series that I should’ve completed ages ago. Cheers.

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  8. RKLikesReeses / Jan 3 2020 3:15 pm

    Happiest of years ahead for all!
    Awww, Betty Boop! She was/is a gem. I wondered about the Cadbury Bunny choice so I looked up the info re the 2007 sexiest character cartoon character thing. Makes sense now.
    I was going to click on the “National Legion of Decency” link but didn’t bec I’m probably not decent enough and they’d come after me with pitchforks.
    Love this post!!!
    😁😁😁

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 5 2020 2:08 pm

      YES! Stop all the silly yapping, and dance away from the frowns and downs. See clear to the positive and lightheartedness for 2020. (Can’t keep a good bunny or bopper down!)
      Hope your 2020 is sparkler bright

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