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Flip the Frog is a café employee who performs with the band, makes soup and delivers food to patrons.

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In a café, a band plays while Flip acts as conductor. Flip joins the group in singing a song, then a group of female cats come out and do a dance. Flip heads back to the kitchen to make soup for an important dinner guest. The boss gets angry when Flip stops to dance with one of the cats on his way to deliver the soup. When Flip finally delivers the soup, the guest of honor is satisfied and slurps his soup tunefully. Written by Melissa

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31 January 1931 (USA)  »

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(Cinephone)

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1.20 : 1
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Auld Lang Syne
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Horrible...and more cartoons like this would end up killing Iwerks' solo career.
4 February 2017 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Through much of the 1920s, Ub Iwerks and Walt Disney worked together and they even worked on creating the first Mickey Mouse cartoons. So obviously old Ub was a talented guy. However, he tired of working under Walt's shadow and started up his own cartoon company which lasted only a few years. And, judging by "The Soup Song" I can see exactly why his cartoons bombed.

This cartoon stars one of the most unappealing and bland cartoon stars of all time, Flip the Frog. He didn't look nor act like a frog and his cartoons were among Iwerks' worst. Here he runs a restaurant where there are lots of animals that sing (in animal voices) and dance...and not much else. It's the epitome of cutesy nonsense and none of it is very funny. The artwork is average for the day and I can't see how Disney or the Fleischers would have taken Iwerks' films as serious competition. Pretty much a dull and insipid cartoon from start to finish.

By the way, if you care, when Flip changes his face at the beginning, he's supposed to be imitating Paul Whiteman, one of the biggest big band leaders of the era. Whiteman was the guy who gave Bing Crosby his break.


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