Fiddlesticks (film)

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Flip the Frog series
Directed by Ub Iwerks
Produced by Celebrity Pictures
Music by Carl Stalling
Distributed by M-G-M
Release date(s) August 16, 1930
Color process Technicolor
Running time 6:12 min
Language English

Fiddlesticks is a ground-breaking 1930 animated cartoon film. It was the first animated sound cartoon that was photographed in two-strip Technicolor. It was also Ub Iwerks's first cartoon since he departed from Walt Disney's studio.

This film was simultaneously released with King of Jazz, a musical revue. It included a cartoon depicting how Paul Whiteman, the music director of the film, "became the King of Jazz". The animation was made at Lantz Productions.

This cartoon appeared in the music video for Eminem's song The Real Slim Shady on the TV.

Plot synopsis[edit]

Flip is seen dancing on lilypads until he reaches land and dries himself off. He walks to a party, where he performs a dance for the audience, accidentally climbing to a spider web. He also performs a duet with an unnamed mouse on violin (some say it might be Mickey Mouse), and Flip on piano. They perform two songs, which on the first, the mouse starts crying, so does Flip and the piano. The second song makes Flip start hugging the piano, which kicks Flip. The cartoon ends with Flip beating on the piano - he kicks all the piano keys into the air, and they drop onto him.


This is the first film in the Flip the Frog series. The recording system for this film was the same for Steamboat Willie.

The unnamed mouse in the cartoon bears a striking resemblance to Mortimer Mouse, the original concept behind Mickey Mouse, both of whom were first animated by Ub Iwerks.

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