These were among the first animation of any kind watched by people in Japan back then. Wanting to do something similar, it’s what they imitated. It’s like how Nintendo was sued by Universal for ripping of King Kong with Donkey Kong, but as it turned out, Universal just ripped off King Kong themselves so the case was thrown out. She actually was “baby” to a degree. Baby Esther (sometimes L’il Esther) had great success in Europe, then became a teenager and she and her career disappeared.
While I can understand why Helen Kane lost the trial, it seems to me her act was distinct from Baby Esther. Kane was in her twenties and playing a sexualized ditz in her act, that’s different from actually being a child star. Jeebus, she had over 200 radiation treatment during her 10 yr battle with breast cancer. I’m sure her resting place is still glowing to this day. This is hilarious, and a perfect example of racism and hypocrisy. I looked up Baby Esther, and the upshot is this.
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