Betty Boop Fest to honor Grim Natwick

This weekend in Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Rapids Betty Boop Festival will celebrate its native son: Myron “Grim” Natwick, the designer and original animator of Betty Boop at Fleischer Studios in 1930. The ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive will be there with an exhibit and screenings featuring Natwick’s greatest work. Nina Paley will also be there screening Sita Sings The Blues, and there will be parties, dances, motorcycle rallys, and live music. The whole event culminates in the unveiling of a historical marker in honor of Grim Natwick at their museum. For more information, check the Boop Festival website.

(Thanks Stephen Worth)


  • Cyber Fox

    How in the next Betty Boop Fest we will send a shit load of letters to Lionsgate demanding them to remaster and release Betty Boop on DVD

  • http://asteriskpix.blogspot.com richard o’connor

    What giant Natwick was- Betty Boop, Snow White, Hubley, Williams. Even Chuck Jones was his assistant.

    It would have been nice to have Tissa David as a guest. She worked closely with him from 1957 at UPA all the way through his retirement.

    • http://www.redbubble.com/people/farmbrough David Farmbrough

      Unfortunately Tissa David is 90 years old and not really able to travel. We are hoping to have some more guests at this year’s Festival – we are still negotiating with some, but currently have Stephen Worth, Ginny Mahoney and Denise Hagopian confirmed.
      David Farmbrough (Co-chairman, Betty Boop Festival)

  • http://outoftheinkwell.blogspot.com Mike Dobbs

    Wish I could be there!

  • Robert Barker

    It’s good to see events like this taking place around the country. Maybe a new generation will be inspired by Fleischer’s creation.

  • GhaleonQ

    This is the only arts-related person ever to come out of my hometown, and they’re really putting effort into it. It’s kind of heartwarming, given the lack of general city pride. I hope it’s a success!

  • V.E.G.

    One of the Betty Boop voice overs was Kate Wright. I have no idea what year Wright was born.

    Mae Questel is one of kind and she is the best voice of Betty Boop and she has a listing in the World Almanac!