Animation Alumnus Interviewed on ABC World News Online Feature 'The Conversation'

Bryan Brinkman '07 discussed the evolution of cartoon icon Betty Boop on her 80th 'birthday'

August 12, 2010

University of the Arts alumnus Bryan Brinkman '07 (Animation) [right] was recently interviewed for ABC World News's online feature "The Conversation" about the evolution of cartoon icon Betty Boop on the occasion of her 80th "birthday."

"When she first started out she was kind of a poodle, she actually had dog ears. She was based on a French poodle. A mix of a french poodle and an actress," Brinkman explained to ABC News correspondent Stephanie Sy via Skype. "Over time she evolved into a more human cartoon, eventually becoming one of the era's first and most well known sex-symbols. About halfway through the 1930s, there was a real clamp down on content. The codes got a lot stricter. (Creator Max Fleischer) had to tone down her cleavage and make her skirts a lot longer."

Based in New York, Brinkman works as an editor and graphic artist at production company Refinery and recently animated for HBO's "The Life and Times of Tim," about a hapless 20-something who lives in New York City. He recently directed, animated and performed the cinematography for the music video for the Chicago rock-dance-synth band Dot Dot Dot's song "Around the World (and Back)." His finger co-starred in the video.

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