Friday, July 23, 2010

Fun on the Web July 23, 2010 Betty Boop Festival

Betty Boop Festival in Wisconsin Rapids sounds like fun. I never knew that the illustrator was from Wisconsin. He went on to work for Disney on Snow White as the primary illustrator and helped animate Mickey Mouse in Fantasia (among other things). He also worked on Popeye and Gulliver's Travels.

Wisconsin Rapids WI, which is hosting the festival August 5-8 in part to honor the original animator of Betty Boop – native son Grim Natwick, born and buried in Wisconsin Rapids – and to celebrate Betty Boop. According to the ASIFA-Hollywood-International Animated Film Society, “Grim Natwick is undoubtedly one of the most influential animators who ever lived. . .

In addition to Betty Boop events, organizers are planning many other artistic and entertainment activities, such as an expanded Grim Natwick animation exhibit; scenic motorcycle tours; an animated film festival; visual art gallery; animation art collectors show; a dance, and other activities.

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