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The Goal Rush (1932)

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Flip the Frog plays college football with wacky results.


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Nertz U. battles Burp U. on the football field, and the star player is scrappy little Flip the Frog, who has a very human girl cheering for him in the stands. The wackiness begins when the band leader shoots the clarinet player to death for being out of tune. It continues when, as a gesture of contempt, the hulking rival player takes the football out of Flip's hands and turns it into a paddle ball toy. The referee begins the game by blowing a whistle that unexpectedly expands like a party whistle, unwrapping a bird that provides the necessary tweet. The game goes so badly for Flip's team that the scoreboard bursts into tears, but things change when Flip and his rival chase the football into a nearby barn, where the pigskin encounters a mother pig and resumes its former life as a barnyard animal. Soon, Flip, the football and the mother pig are all on the field for a rousing finish to the game. Written by J. Spurlin

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Ah, Nerts!!
24 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The "goal" in the title may be a play-on-words for Charlie Chaplin's famous "The Gold Rush," but the "goal" here refers to the goal-line at a football game.

It's the big game between Nerts U. and Burp U. The good guys are "Nerts."

By the way, those of you have seen a number of early 1930s cartoons - and particularly these Flip The Frog ones - have you noticed how big the word "nerts" must have been back then? They use it a lot. I assume it's just another way of saying "aw, nuts."

As in almost every cartoon involving a sporting event, the action is fast and furious, and insane. This is no exception and was very good while the action was on the gridiron. When it switched near the end to a farm scene (don't ask how they got there) it got too silly but overall it was fun.

On the football field, I enjoyed the sight-gags involving the referee's whistle; the elastic goal posts; the crying scoreboard, Flip's knocking knees, the wing-sprouting football, and the pigskin actually meeting a real pig. Yes, this is nonstop lunacy.

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