Eighty-one years ago today, Betty Boop made her debut on the big screen. Known as one of the first animated sex symbols, Boop cartoons became popular for being shown before full-length films in theaters during the 1930s. Here, we've rounded up clips of some of her most memorable (and, um, least offensive) performances to celebrate the anniversary.
Betty Boop made her first appearance on August 9, 1930, in this cartoon, the sixth installment in creator Max Fleischer's Talkartoon series
Minnie the Moocher
This video features the earliest-known footage of Cab Calloway and His Orchestra and is named for the band's famous song.
Betty Boop is auditioning bandleaders for a swing dance and stumbles upon a talented cleaning lady who resembles Betty Grable.
House Cleaning Blues
In this clip, Betty is not a big fan of tidying up her abode after a party.
Service With a Smile
Grampy lends a hand when Betty gets herself in a pickle managing the Hi-De-Ho-tel.
Betty for President
We want Betty!