The first colour with sound cartoon, 1930
Fiddlesticks is a 1930 theatrical cartoon short directed and animated by Ub Iwerks, and is the first complete sound cartoon released since he departed from Walt Disney’s studio. On the 16th August, 1930 Flip the Frog stared as an animated cartoon character created by Iwerks.
Flip starred in a series of cartoons produced by Celebrity Pictures and distributed through Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer from 1930 to 1933. The series had many recurring characters besides Flip; including Flip’s dog, the mule Orace, and a dizzy neighbourhood spinster.
Flip is seen dancing on lily pads 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 playing the violin. They perform two songs.
Extra Note: 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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