Sunday, 16 August 2020


Debuting in theatres on this day in 1930 along with the feature presentation King of Jazz, a musical revue of the genre, Flip the Frog’s piano duet with a spider and later performance with a rather familiar looking mouse, the animated short marks the first cartoon from illustrator Ub Iwerks (*1901 – †1971, creator of Mortimer/Mickey Mouse and Oswald the Lucky Rabbit) since he split with Disney studios. After a brief stint as a free agent before working with Leon Schlesinger and Columbia Pictures, Iwerks returned to Disney, working with them until retirement in 1965. Significantly, this departure was the first animation screened in Technicolor. The cartoon is also featured in the music video for Eminem’s The Real Slim Shady.