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Just watched this Oscar-winning John and Faith Hubley-written and produced animated short distributed by Paramount on YouTube as linked from Cartoon Brew. The title's meaning is that two Herb Albert selections-"Spanish Flea" and "Tijuana Taxi"-are illustrated in animated form in their entirety. "Spanish Flea" has the title character annoying a donkey, chicken, a gangster and his girlfriend and other people at a hotel party. "Tijuana Taxi" has the driver trying to get his passengers to the plane on time. Both segments have compellingly humorous abstract line drawings set to the beat of the wonderful music. Don't want to say anymore except I highly recommend Herb Albert and the Tijuana Brass Double Feature.
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This short won the Academy Award for Animated Short. There will be mild
This short by John and Faith Hubley is effectively a music video, taking two of the popular tunes by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass-"Spanish Flea" and "Tijuana Taxi"-and creating animation to tell stories. The first shows a day in the life of a flea. Various animals and people are annoyed to no end by the flea.
The second one shows a taxi driver who has to get his passengers to the airport before their plane leaves. He takes them on quite a ride, running over people and taking them places they don't need to go.
The ending of the second short is cute and the short is well worth seeking out. Recommended.
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