Betty Boop

Review of Bally’s Betty Boop Slot Machines

Betty Boop Slots refers to several different gaming machines from Bally Technologies. The popular “Love Meter” slot machine was a big hit for Bally Technologies, so it led to a second gaming machines under the Betty Boop license. The latest Betty Boop slots game is “Fortune Teller“, which offers a wide-area progressive jackpot.

I want to discuss both of these games, so players will know the difference in the two and what they can expect from each. They are similar in certain ways, though gamblers who play only cannot say they’re had the full Betty Boop Slots experience. Both games offer progressive jackpots and top-rate graphics from Bally Technologies. Both use the Hammer Head gaming cabinet, which is a standard cabinet used on slots row. Fortune Teller is a sequel, so it’s going to offer a few more features and a more elaborate graphics. Both are entertaining games.

Betty Boop’s Love Meter

The original game was Betty Boop’s Love Meter, a 5-reel, 40-paylines games with a 500-coin max bet. The listed coin denomination is 1¢, though players have options ranging up to $10.00. This is more than just a penny progressive slot machine. High rollers can place bets in the hundreds of dollars on any given spin.

The flat-top jackpot on Betty Boop’s Love Meter Slots is 4000x the coins bet. While that won’t measure up to one of the top-end progressive jackpots, it becomes a large jackpot for the high stakes gamblers. Penny players won’t argue with the size of their jackpots, either.

Betty Boop Fortune Teller

Fortune Teller is a near-area progressive jackpot. This gaming machine is the sister game to Betty Boop’s Love Meter slot machine. Fortune Teller provides 15 bonuses at any bet size. It also offers real-time 3D interaction with the U-Spin fortune wheel. All you have to do is touch the screen to spin the fortune wheel, which offers bonus coins, free spins, and other bonus events.

Palm Readings Bonus Event

Bonus events include the “Palm Readings” use new levels of iDeck interaction to award credits and multipliers. When you touch the iDeck, you’ll have your palms read for a bonus prize.

Betty Boop Fortune Teller Progressive Jackpot

Fortune Teller has 3 progressive jackpots, including the Cash Connection jackpot, which Bally Technologies calls a “fate-changing top award”. Fortune Teller offers the new “Cash Connection” wide-area progressive link, though Fortune Teller is also available as a near-area progressive system. Gamblers need to know the difference in WAP and NAP, so they’ll know the game they’re playing. Other jackpots includes “Pudgy’s Predictions Jackpot” and the “Boop-Oop-a-Doop Jackpot”.

Betty Boop Theme

Betty Boop was a designed by animation legend Max Fleischer as a caricature of a Roaring Twenties era “flapper”. Flappers wore bobbed hair and short skirts (for the time) and danced all night in jazz clubs. Though she referenced Twenties culture, Betty Boop only appeared in 1930, in the sixth edition of the Talkartoon animated series. Betty Boop showed her voluptuous figure in tight dresses and was scandalous enough that she became a victim of the Hays Code censorship. Despite efforts to tone down her racy image, Betty Boop became one of the most popular cartoon characters in the world.

In an age not known for such things, Betty Boop represented teen rebellion. In her introduction, “Minnie the Moocher”, Betty Boop chafes at the rules of her parents, so she runs away from home with her boyfriend, Bimbo. The two get into some misadventures involving a haunted cave, which introduced surreal themes that were a feature of the early Betty Boop cartoons. Frightened by the ghosts and skeletons, Betty and Bimbo return to the safety of home.

From 1932 onward, Betty Boop starred in her own series of cartoons. Though these were somewhat toned-down, Betty Boop remained unique among female cartoon characters of the time, because she was sexualized.

Adult Themes in Betty Boop Cartoons

In the “Boop-oop-a-Doop”, Betty was involved in perhaps the first screen portrayal of sexual harassment. She is performing in the circus and her boss, the ringmaster, seems smitten with her. When Betty returns to her living quarters, the ringmaster follows her and threatens her job if she doesn’t relent to his advances. She sings the thinly-veiled song, “Don’t Take My Boop-Oop-A-Doop Away.” When Koko the Clown hears her cries for help, he rescues her. Later, when Koko inquires about Betty’s well-being, she tells the clown, “No, he couldn’t take my boop-oop-a-doop away”. These adult overtunes explain why these animated films were popular with the adults of the era.

Betty Boop Influences

People often write that Betty Boop was designed to look like early Hollywood actresses Helen Kane or Clara Bow. In 1932, Helen Kane sued Fleischer Studios for $250,000 for stealing her image and singing style. The defense in the case said Betty Boop’s singing style was inspired by an African-American singer of the time, Esther Jones, better known as Baby Esther.

About Max Fleischer

Max Fleischer was the owner of Fleischer Studios, which produced legendary cartoon characters like Popeye. Fleischer Studios also produced the groundbreaking Superman animated films of the 1940s.

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