A Language All My Own
Betty Boop series
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Directed by Dave Fleischer
Produced by Max Fleischer
Voices by Mae Questel
Music by Sammy Timberg (uncredited)
Animation by Hicks Lokey
Myron Waldman
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) July 19, 1935
Color process Black-and-white
Running time 6 mins
Language English

A Language All My Own is a 1935 Fleischer Studio animated short film starring Betty Boop.


Betty flies to Japan to do a show, and sings the title number. She then dons a kimono, and sings it again in Japanese.

Notes and comments

  • The studio produced this short after discovering that Betty was very popular in Japan.[1] Animator Myron Waldman, worried that Betty's gestures might offend the conservative Japanese audience, asked a group of Japanese college students to review his work.[2] Having Betty sing in Japanese also allowed her to slip a racy comment past the Hays Office: one of the lyrics in the Japanese song translates to "Come to bed with me and we'll boop-oop-a-doop!"[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 MYRON WALDMAN 1908-2006
  2. ASIFA-Hollywood Cartoon Hall Of Fame: WALDMAN, Myron

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