Flip the Frog is a police officer on the trail of the notorious Chinese criminal, Chow Mein.

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Chow Mein, the notorious Chinese criminal, escapes from jail, leaving the redoubtable police officer, Flip the Frog, and his trusty canine sidekick to track the convict down. The pursuit leads them to Chinatown and the Ob Long Chin laundry, where the Limburger cheese-like smell of Chow Mein's feet gives him away. Flip tries to apprehend his quarry, but Chow Mein is too quick for him. Soon the poor frog finds himself falling through a trap door, down a slide and into a flooded pit containing one alligator and one snake. Flip uses the snake to tie the alligator's mouth shut and eventually escapes. As the dog tangles with a mischievous parrot, Flip finds himself in an opium den, where his ill-advised decision to take a puff on a pipe leads him floating back into the clutches of Chow Mein, who ties our hero to a rocket. An unexpected turn of events leads everyone back to the police station from which Chow Mein first escaped. Written by J. Spurlin

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24 June 1933 (USA)  »

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Wonderful effects by Ub Iwerks
3 August 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Out of all the Flip the Frog cartoons that I have seen, this is one of my favorites. It also has some superb special effects done with a special camera that Ub had made out of spare auto parts. This occurs in the scene where, after Flip inhales some opium out of a pipe, he gets stoned and begins happily skipping through clouds of smoke in a hazy image.


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