Fiddlesticks | released 16 August 1930

In early cartoons where Flip most closely resembles a frog, his exaggerated physical responses and facial expressions are the only means with which the audience can interpret his actions. When Flip tap dances across a log in Fiddlesticks, the fluid movements of his arms and his ridiculous grin oversimplify and exaggerate his emotional response to a march through the woods. Flip’s antics in earlier films remind his audience of techniques developed to please audiences of Vaudeville.

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