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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.


Animation | Short





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27 September 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Dorfbarbier  »

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Everything Is Living In A Cartoon
29 April 2008 | by See all my reviews

Have you ever noticed that most everything is alive in many cartoons? This one certainly is an example of that. In other words, inanimate objects somehow are people/ animals/monsters..... whatever.

In this one, Flip The Frog is a barber and his electric shaver is actually a mouth. When he's munched enough hairs off some customer, the "shaver" spits them out! The strap that hones the razor blade kicks Flip in the butt after being used. The barber's pole outside comes alive (and rotates thanks to little bugs on a treadmill inside.).

Those, and a bunch of other sight gags - i.e..fleas backing their bags and leaving a hairy beast after being shaved, a big spider playing the piano, dancing flowers and a dancing hot stove - dominate this somewhat-clever Flip The Frog cartoon. It wasn't bad and is a real window on the era when there were big poles outside the barber shop, and barbers used mugs and straight razors, etc. The only weak spot was the ending. It looked like they didn't know to end this cartoon.

Flip's shop certainly offered a lot for your money: complete haircut head-to-toe, a manicure, shoes shined, live entertainment

This cartoon was viewed on a DVD called "Cartoons That Time Forget: The UB Iwerks Collection Vol. 1."

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