FLIP THE FROG

 

Running Time: 6 mins.
Vault: VINTAGE CARTOONS

Flip the Frog was Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's first sound cartoon. It is about a happy-go-lucky, needy frog, named Flip the Frog. This cartoon was created by Ub Iwerks in 1930. He had drawn a frog and his girlfriend in "Night'", one of the last Silly Symphonies short films he drew while working for Walt Disney. After leaving Disney, Ub Iwerks began the Flip cartoon series with the help of Pat Powers. The first cartoon that Ub Iwerks made for the series was called Fiddlesticks (released on August 16, 1930), and it was also the first color sound cartoon ever made. Fiddlesticks was made in two-color Technicolor. The rest of the Flip series were made in black and white, except for Techno-Cracked (1933).

 

Running Time: 8 mins.
Vault: VINTAGE CARTOONS

Flip tries to impress a young lady, but because he has the face of a frog she is not interested. He visits a crazed plastic surgeon and is transforemd into a pretty boy!

 

Running Time: 7 mins.
Vault: VINTAGE CARTOONS

Flip is a dentist. A walrus in the waiting room is apprehensive when he hears the screams of earlier patients, but he is wrestled into the chair. Flip tries to pull the bad tooth, but keeps getting laundry, small cars, etc. He drills, but the bit breaks. Finally, he uses gas (a skunk) to put the walrus out. The walrus comes to just in time to find that Flip has put a lit stick of dynamite in his mouth. the demeted walrus removes his dentures and the dynamite, and puts them under Flip...

 

Running Time: 8 mins.
Vault: VINTAGE CARTOONS

Visually great with a magnificent imitation of Charlie Chaplin and a few good sight gags (mostly chases). Nicely animated and worth watching.

 

Running Time: 7 mins.
Vault: VINTAGE CARTOONS

Flip is trying to sell newspapers, but everything is against him, and he can't make a dime. Then a lady asks him to watch her baby and gives him a quarter, which the kid promptly swallows (along with some health tonic). The baby turns out to be a hideous brat who gives Flip a run for his money.

 

Running Time: 8 mins.
Vault: VINTAGE CARTOONS

Flip serenades his cat-like girlfriend and the members of the neighborhood with some Ragtime music on his piano. But his concert disrupts the slumber of a mean old lady cow. She calls the police and Flip and his cat-like girlfriend are hauled off to jail.

 

Running Time: 7 mins.
Vault: VINTAGE CARTOONS

Flip wants to leave his hotel, but the manager won't let him leave until she gets paid for his overdue hotel bill.

 

Running Time: 7 mins.
Vault: VINTAGE CARTOONS

For the grand opening of Flip's new soda shop, a bevy of celebrities arrive to wish him well. Before too long a new party is heard from: a fancy man who makes Liberace look like Tom Cruise. He has a drink that causes a Jekyll and Hyde transformation. Will Flip bea ble to bring order to his crazed opening night party?

 

Running Time: 8 mins.
Vault: VINTAGE CARTOONS

While riding through a rainstorm on his horse, Flip spots a house. He goes in to seek shelter and meets a friendly skeleton who wants to add Flip to his collection of skeletons. Flip and the skeleton eat supper and dance. When Flip goes to bed, he soon finds out what's really going on...

 

Running Time: 9 mins.
Vault: VINTAGE CARTOONS

Features some scary scenes, including a malevolent Father Neptune. A cut or two above most Flip cartoons!

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