Pudgy Picks a Fight – 1937
Betty Boop Cartoon Series
Run Time: 7:11
Released in 1937, this film manages to incorporate quite a bit of the surrealism that marked so much of the Fleischers' earlier work. Pudgy’s pride at having defeated what he assumed was a live fox quickly turns to terror when he realizes that the intruder seems to be dead. Unable to rouse the fox, Pudgy is haunted by his own guilt and soon everything he touches becomes just another reminder of his terrible deed.
According to animation historian Ray Pointer, the film contains a very clever inside reference meant to flatter Paramount’s President, Adolph Zukor. Before becoming a pioneering film mogul and founder of Paramount Pictures, Zukor had been a successful fur designer and had actually invented the fox fur with the jaw clasp that Betty receives in the beginning of this picture.