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Movie Mad (1931)

Flip the Frog wants to be a movie actor, but a guard thwarts his attempts to sneak inside a movie studio.



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Flip the Frog becomes excited by a book called "How to Be a Movie Actor." He magically transforms himself into Charlie Chaplin. Later, as himself, he practices being a screen lover to a store dummy; only she proves to be real and hits him with her umbrella. Flip eventually tries to sneak into a movie studio, but the studio guard is too quick for him. After several attempts, including hiding under a fat pig's large shadow as if it were a blanket, Flip finally gets in, only to have the guard chase him through the lot. Inside, Flip encounters a pair of Laurel and Hardy-like comedians engaged in a pie fight; a mustache-twirling villain and the sheriff who is after him; a pig in sheik's clothing; and a Russian feline seductress. Written by J. Spurlin

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29 August 1931 (USA)  »

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Elokuvahullu  »

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1.20 : 1
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Not terribly memorable save for a good Chaplin impersonation and an almost Keystone Kop feeling in spots.

This is an early, almost plotless (even for a Flip the Frog short) that goes over almost the same ground as Felix in Hollywood, but not nearly as well. Visually grea with a magnificent imitation of Charlie Chaplin and a few good sight gags (mostly chases), but largely pedestrian plotting make it average at best otherwise. Still nicely animated and worth having in print. Worth watching. Recommended.

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