Designer Zac Posen, who’s releasing two dresses inspired by Betty Boop, also co-stars with the animated star in a series of cartoons. The first one is called ‘Betty Goes A-Posen.’
Betty Boop, the flirty cartoon character who first batted her eyelashes onscreen in 1930, is back with a signature Pantone color (Betty Boop Red, natch), a Mac lipstick shade (also red), two dresses (you can guess the color) and three animations that feature the designer of those dresses, Zac Posen. USA TODAY can exclusively reveal the first of these new cartoons.
In the first of the three shorts that make up the series “Zac Goes A-Posen,” Betty Boop shows up in black-and-white New York City, flustered. Her cab spits her and her dog, Pudgy, out, and she’s ruffled, until she hears a cry for help. The voice might sound familiar.
The fearless Boop follows the voice and finds a pedestrian being tossed around by an evil Steam Monster rising from a subway grate. She stares down the beast, rescues the pedestrian and walks off with him.
It’s Betty Boop to the rescue in a cartoon featuring Zac Posen. (Photo: Courtesy Fleischer Studios, Inc.)
Who’s the innocent man? Zac Posen, of course. “She saved me,” Posen says, who winds up bringing some color into Boop’s life.
Frank Caruso, vice president of creative services and cartoonist at King Features, said he knew Posen would translate perfectly as a cartoon. “His smile, his eyebrows, his hair– he’s fun to animate.”
See Posen’s Betty Boop-inspired collection here.
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