A hillbilly sleeps; atop his bald head, flies have constructed a playground. Other flies ski-jump off his nose. A couple is having a picnic when a spider drops in; the boy runs away as the ... See full summary »

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A hillbilly sleeps; atop his bald head, flies have constructed a playground. Other flies ski-jump off his nose. A couple is having a picnic when a spider drops in; the boy runs away as the girl fends off the spider. The spider slinks home and reports the news to his wife: "No flies." A fly goes by in an airplane; he picks up a girl fly that is passing by, but when he gets fresh, she slaps him. He throws her out of the plane, and she lands in the spider's web. The spider, elated, starts playing a tune on the web like a guitar. The fly joins in, but when she shows the spider her shoulder, the spider's wife sternly orders him: "No flies." Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Wise Flies was a pretty entertaining Max Fleischer Talkartoon
28 November 2009 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

Just watched this Max Fleischer Talkartoon on YouTube though I first watched the ending sequence where the number "Some of These Days" was performed on Uncle John's Crazy Town site. In this one, a spider looking for some flies to eat sees through his binocular some possible food inhabiting a bald head of a sleeping man. Also on this man's head is an adult fly couple kissing. When the spider comes down, the man runs while the female manages to avoid his advances by dousing bottled water on him. This has the soaked spider going to his wife and saying to her "No Flies!" when she says that as a question. So he once again goes out. This time he finds a female insect falling into his web after she's falling from a plane piloted by a male one who gets too fresh with her. (Now why would a fly need a plane? Ask a stupid question...) It's here that number I mentioned comes in...Quite entertaining especially with the number which has a few animals like a couple of ducks and a rabbit doing some dances that might have been copied from some actual performances of live action dancers on film. So on that note, I recommend Wise Flies. P.S. The female fly in the ending sequence might not have much attraction to the male pilot but she seems to sing a different tune when she sees the spider if you know what I mean...


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