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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3 October 1932 (USA)  »

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25 March 2016 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

The Goal Rush (1932)

*** (out of 4)

The title of this Flip the Frog short is an obvious take-off on Chaplin's THE GOLD RUSH but there are no similarities in the story. In this short, Flip is on a college football team where they're going up against a very large group of men who they must try and find a way to defeat.

THE GOAL RUSH isn't the best film from the Ub Iwerks' Flip series but once again there's enough creative stuff going on to make it worth watching. The animation is of a high level and there's no doubt that the Flip character is rather entertaining. This film contains some rather nice action including plenty of it on the football field where Flip spends most of the running time getting beat around.


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