|Flip the Frog series|
|Directed by||Ub Iwerks|
|Produced by||Ub Iwerks
|Music by||Carl Stalling|
|Animation by||Drawn by:
|Backgrounds by||Fred Kopietz|
|Release date(s)||August 16, 1930|
|Running time||6:12 min|
Fiddlesticks is a ground-breaking 1930 animated cartoon film. It was the first complete sound cartoon to be photographed in two-strip Technicolor, and was also Ub Iwerks's first cartoon since he departed from Walt Disney's studio.
The film was simultaneously released with King of Jazz, a musical revue, and was released with a cartoon depicting how Paul Whiteman, the music director of the film, "became the King of Jazz". The animation was made at Lantz Productions.
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, playing piano alongside a mouse (who bears a striking resemblance to Mickey Mouse, which Iwerks co-created with Walt Disney during his days at Disney's company) playing the violin. They perform two songs. In the first song, the mouse starts crying, and so do Flip and the piano. The second song makes Flip start hugging the piano, which then 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.
In popular culture
- Robertson, Patrick (2011). Robertson's Book of Firsts. London: Bloomsbury. Retrieved 24 May 2017.
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