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Aesop's Fable: The First Flying Fish (1955)

Approved | | Animation, Short | March 1955 (USA)
According to Aesop, Philip, a little fish who lives at the bottom of the sea with his dogfish, catfish, shark and other classmates in the school of fish, desires to become the first flying ... See full summary »

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According to Aesop, Philip, a little fish who lives at the bottom of the sea with his dogfish, catfish, shark and other classmates in the school of fish, desires to become the first flying fish. His horrified friends ostracize him for his strange wish, but he practices until he is able to fly, but the birds flee in terror at the sight of a flying fish. When a pelican invades the ocean-bottom and proceeds to scoop up Phillip's ex-playmates in his large bill, Philip takes to the air and drives off the villainous bird. Philip is now a hero and the fish establish a flying school in his honor...according to Aesop Terrytoon. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Sing a Song
14 January 2013 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

This Terrytoons about a fish who wanted to fly is pretty much standard fare for the Terry firm, although there is one sly wink when they start the classic limerick about the pelican.... and give up after the first line. Structurally the gags concentrate in the first quarter and then the action takes place in the final minute, when Our Hero rescues his scoffing fellow finny friends.

Pretty much standard for Paul Terry, Casper the Friendly Ghost or any of a hundred works aimed at children by adults who don't recall being five, but wish to teach the kiddies a Very Important Lesson. That's why, despite the competence with which this cartoon is executed, I don't care for it: only the sort of people who wouldn't watch cartoons would rate it highly.


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