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The Man on the Flying Trapeze (1954)

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Sort of a cartoon version of "All About Eve" or people-using-people themes. It opens with a man singing the title song, accompanied by a pianist, a trumpeter and a trombonist. A flashback ... See full summary »

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Sort of a cartoon version of "All About Eve" or people-using-people themes. It opens with a man singing the title song, accompanied by a pianist, a trumpeter and a trombonist. A flashback to the story of Fifi who leaves Waldo for Alonzo, and then leaves Alonzo for the circus owner. Back in the present it is shown that all three men are the musicians and they are almost run down by a limousine, occupied by Fifi, now a stage star. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Included in the 3-disc DVD set "UPA: The Jolly Frolics Collection," released 15 March 2012 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. See more »

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A different take on an old standard and a relatively novel approach for UPA as well.
10 September 2002 | by (Tucson AZ) – See all my reviews

UPA was, in many ways, different from the other studios in its approach. This cartoon is a relative rarity for them in its use of music. While UPA shorts did use scoring and music was part of the package, music wasn't as significant for them as it was for other studios like MGM, Disney or Warner Brothers. Apart from the Ham and Hattie series, which was basically two shorts in one and were songs that were animated, I can only think of two shorts by UPA where music was not only involved in the plot, but crucial to the success of the short: Rooty Toot Toot and this one. The animators even put a somewhat subtle spin on the song as well, by their animation and the implications included through character behavior. Not typically the idea one gets from the lyrics of the song, at least not an impression I ever got. Typically excellent animation and a marvelous short. Well worth hunting down. Recommended.


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