Flip the Frog | TRIUMPH OF SPIRIT OVER CIRCUMSTANCE | 1930-1932
Time forgot Flip the Frog.
Time struggles to remember his creator, Ub Iwerks, the original artist of Mickey
Mouse. Iwerks drew Flip to life during the depths of America’s Great Depression.
Remembering Flip helps us remember the Great Depression and reminds us of the
resilient nature of the human spirit in one of its darkest hours. Out of the
darkness, Flip anthropomorphically and socially developed as he discovered his
own power by ministering to a jobless and hopeless American public. He offered
an honest reflection of circumstance, he served as a moral guide, he reminded
his audience how to laugh and why to laugh at all. Perhaps Americans survived
the Great Depression because of the changes brought by the New Deal. Perhaps
Americans survived the Great Depression by rising in response to Flip's call
to the human spirit out of its depths and over its circumstance.
WHY FLIP | SHOWTIME GALLERY
created by Meghan Gouldin in conjunction with AS@UVA and America in the 1930's