The Old Man of the Mountain is the titular antagonist of the 1933 Betty Boop cartoon "The Old Man of the Mountain" and like many Betty Boop cartoons, the story was told mostly via song and fantastical imagery.
He was voiced by the late jazz performer Cab Calloway, who also performed the rotoscope dance moves in the cartoon.
The Old Man of the Mountain was a gigantic and unkempt being who lived deep in a mountain cave and terrorized everyone around him, except for Betty Boop - who decided to confront the Old Man.
Upon meeting, the pair engage in a sequence of song and dance but the Old Man of the Mountain shows unwanted advances, to the point of trying to force himself on Betty - who flees but is pursued mercilessly by the giant until the woodland animals rebel against the Old Man and subdue him before beating him as punishment for his unruly behavior.
In other media
The Old Man of the Mountain makes a short cameo in the 1989 film The Betty Boop Movie Mystery and is a playable character in the "Betty Boop Dance Card" game app.
- It is heavily implied that he raped one of the women coming down the mountain to escape from him, as evidenced by her crying as she reveals three children that look exactly like him.
- In the original Cab Calloway song "The Old Man of the Mountain", the Old Man himself is described as a harmless eccentric, but, for the purposes of the cartoon, the song was changed to make the character seem more malevolent.
- His quote is referenced in the Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas by Oogie Boogie.