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Simon Cowell reveals plans to bring Betty Boop back to the big screen

Simon Cowell announced on Aug. 14 that he will be working behind the scenes on a new animation hybrid movie, staring the popular black and white animated starlet, Betty Boop.
Simon Cowell announced on Aug. 14 that he will be working behind the scenes on a new animation hybrid movie, staring the popular black and white animated starlet, Betty Boop.
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The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that on Aug. 14, Simon Cowell announced that his entertainment company, Syco Entertainment, would be teaming up with Australia-based production company Animal Logic to produce a brand new movie staring the iconic black and white starlet, Betty Boop. The two companies will be joining forces to produce a music-driven, hybrid-animated comedy featuring the breakout character from Fleischer Studios. The movie will be the first to be made under their joint venture that was announced this past May.

This will be the first time since her cameo in the 1988 live-action and animated film, "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" that Betty Boop has graced the big screen. Making her film debut in the 1932 animated cartoon, "Dizzy Dishes," Betty Boop is one of the world's most easily recognizable cartoon characters. A symbol of the Great Depression, Betty embodied the carefree times of the Roaring Twenties, where pop culture exploded onto the scene across the United States, as noted by her jazz flapper attire, which signaled happier times before the Stock Market crash of 1929.

Simon told the Reporter that he considers it a great honor to be working with Betty. "Betty is an icon, and one of the biggest stars in the world — I'm thrilled to be working with her. Betty, I've worked with some serious divas, but I think you could be the biggest of them all." Animal Logic CEO Zareh Nalbandian also shared in Cowell's excitement in working with Betty, saying, "I'm thrilled that Animal Logic is part of this exciting new collaboration with Betty. She's an amazing, iconic and loved character, and we're going to have so much fun producing her 21st century big-screen debut."

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