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Flip the Frog is a soda jerk who serves movie stars, but one of his concoctions changes an effeminate man into Mr. Hyde.

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Ub Iwerks
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Flip the Frog is a soda jerk who serves movie stars, but one of his concoctions changes an effeminate man into Mr. Hyde.

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Ub Iwerks makes 'em. MGM releases 'em.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 September 1933 (USA) See more »

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Ein Spritzer Soda See more »

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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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Several caricatures of movie stars appear. The parade of celebrities who emerge from their limousines are (in order of appearance) Oliver Hardy, Stan Laurel, Jimmy Durante, Buster Keaton, Lionel Barrymore (as Rasputin), Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, Zeppo Marx and Mae West. In the drug store, Joe E. Brown is the big-mouthed man who wants cake. Later, an effeminate man drinks a concoction that turns him into Mr. Hyde as played by Fredric March in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931). See more »

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By Heck
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Music by S.R. Henry
Played during the first half of the picture until Flip cuts the cake
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Soda and movie stars
7 June 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Ub Iwerks's Flip the Frog series of cartoons was short lived, only lasting from 1930 to 1933. On the most part the Flip the Frog cartoons are not great or cartoon/animated masterpieces and it is sort of understandable as to why Flip didn't make it bigger. However they are far from terrible ones either and do hold some interest, enough of them even being good.

Despite not being historically significant like 'Fiddlesticks', which other than that was actually to me a lesser Flip the Frog cartoon, was, Flip's swansong 'Soda Squirt' is still pretty good. Not one of the best of the series, but far from one of the worst. It is not perfect but there are things here that improve quite a bit and done much better than many other Flip the Frog cartoons.

A lot of good things in 'Soda Squirt'. The animation is very good, with beautifully detailed backgrounds, nice shading and characters that aren't drawn too crudely. There is some nice character animation here. The music makes even more of an impact, it is lushly and cleverly orchestrated, full of lively energy and not only adds brilliantly to the action it enhances it. Definitely the best thing about 'Soda Squirt'.

There are plentiful sight gags although the cartoon isn't necessarily gag-rich, and they are mostly beautifully timed and very amusing, even when unoriginal. Maybe not always hilarious but they hardly fall flat. There is a nice natural charm and a good deal of zest.

Characters are lively and there is a lot of mischievous fun. The pacing is generally secure and the film star setting helps hugely and used to full advantage.

There are a fair share of inventive and fun moments with some fun to spot and inspired caricatures. Familiarity with them is in order perhaps, but one is persuaded enough to know more about those caricatures and see their work.

Flip however is quite bland, although there were laudable attempts of making him interesting his personality generally wasn't compelling enough.

Furthermore, many of the voices are quite poorly done, particularly for the Marx Brothers. The ending is fun and suitably wild but tonally it jars a bit, the effeminate stereotype was not an issue for me.

On the whole, definitely worth a look and somewhere in the middle ranking it with the rest of the series. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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