I've been learning a lot about animation in general as I go through all of the research required to write the Film Class posts. I have unearthed a treasure trove of material on Betty's original designer and first animator, Grim Natwick.
There's so much to discuss about Natwick, his legacy, and his connections throughout the animation world that trying to condense it all here would be silly. Instead, I heartily recommend that you click through the following links to read up on him and animation in general.
Of note, in my Film Class about the Bum Bandit, I brought your attention to Betty on the locomotive. Apparently, if a commenter here is to be believed, Walt Disney also noticed how great the whole scene was.
John Kricfalusi, creator of Ren & Stimpy, is an animation fanatic. Any and all posts of his are worth reading.
- Posts on Betty Boop
- Posts on Popeye
- This post is about the solidity of character design like I was mentioning, and how early Fleischer lacked a lot of solidity.
Michael Sporn Animation Inc. is another blog dedicated to a discussion about animation is just as good as Kricfalusi's
- Posts on Fleischer
The definitive collection of animation information and material online.
- ASIFA presents a history of Grim Natwick.