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The Village Barber (1930)

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Flip the Frog works the town barbershop.




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Flip opens his barbershop by setting out his barber pole in the morning. When a gluttonous pig mistakes the pole for a large piece of candy and begins eating it, Flip makes a new pole of a cat's striped tail. A furry dog comes in for a trim. Flip and his associates give him a shave and a shoe shine while other patrons dance by the piano. Written by Melissa

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Ub Iwerks makes 'em. MGM releases 'em.


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27 September 1930 (USA)  »

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Der Dorfbarbier  »

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Flip the barber
24 May 2018 | by See all my reviews

Ub Iwerks's Flip the Frog series of cartoons was short-lived, only lasting from 1930 to 1933. On the most part the Flip the Frog cartoons are not great or cartoon/animated masterpieces and it is sort of understandable as to why Flip didn't make it bigger. However they are far from terrible ones either and do hold some interest.

Despite not being historically significant like 'Fiddlesticks' was, 'The Village Barber' for me is among the best Flip the Frog cartoons and easily the best up to this very early stage of the series. It is not a great cartoon and has faults but there are things here that improve quite a bit and done much better than many other Flip the Frog cartoons.

A lot of good things in 'The Village Barber'. The animation is decent enough, with beautifully detailed backgrounds, nice shading and characters that aren't drawn too crudely. The music makes even more of an impact, it is lushly and cleverly orchestrated, full of lively energy and not only adds brilliantly to the action it enhances it.

There are more sight gags than the previous Flip the Frog cartoons, and they are surprisingly funny. There is a nice natural charm, some zest and it does a better job than most Flip the Frog cartoons in not falling into sentimentality or cutesiness. Really liked the lively and surprisingly and wonderfully strange support.

However, 'The Village Barber' has faults. Flip is still not a particularly compelling character personality-wise, a general fault with his cartoons. The story is very thin, there are signs of one at the start but it is completely neglected for the rest of the cartoon.

Occasionally the pace drags and the ending is odd, abrupt and afterthought-like, have to agree that there was a sense of not knowing how to end it.

In conclusion, decent and one of the better cartoons in the Flip the Frog series. 7/10 Bethany Cox

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