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The Village Smitty (1931)

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When a cat's horse throws a shoe while pulling her carriage, she enlists in the help of a blacksmith in re-shoeing her horse.


Ub Iwerks (uncredited)


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Flip the Frog is a happy blacksmith who makes horseshoes. A cat is riding by in a horse and carriage when her horse loses a shoe. She takes her horse to Flip to have the shoe repaired, but problems arise when the horse is spooked by a mosquito and runs away with the cat still in the carriage. Flip must stop the runaway horse before it and its owner are both thrown from a cliff. Written by Melissa

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Animation | Short







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31 January 1931 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Cinephone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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What is it about blacksmiths and cartoons?
20 November 2003 | by Robert ReynoldsSee all my reviews

There seems to have been a penchant for making cartoons featuring blacksmiths, particularly in the 1930s and I'm not sure why. Granted, the concept does work great visually and in the 1930s the automobile wasn't so pervasive as today. Be that as it may, most studios used the concept. Even Iwerks made Flip the Frog work at a forge (try saying that three times fast) in this rather fun little short. Be warned: Flip is about as successful here as he is generally. Flip is reasonably lively here. Not too bad for a Flip the Frog, with some very nice visuals ad great animation. Good to have in print. Well worth watching. Recommended.

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