''Flip the Frog'' is a classic Creator/UbIwerks cartoon from UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation, 38 shorts originally produced 1930-1933 for Creator/{{MGM}}. Though no new material was produced later, the series received heavy TV play in the 1950s-1970s; today, modern DVD editions seem to have brought the series back into the public consciousness, if just for classic animation buffs.

Iwerks, who left Disney to launch his own studio, created an almost anti-Disney series in these tales of a down-and-out {{Funny Animal}}. Flip is typically seen either opening a new business or trying to find work, but ends up in trouble due either to interference from Depression-era threats or from his own clumsy nature. He constantly has problems with his {{Speech Impaired Animal}} sidekick, Orace the mule; he is ridden by his boss, a stern but man-hungry spinster. Flip's own attempts to become lucky in love occasionally bear fruit in old-time melodrama style, but just as often a girl will end up dumping him, or even beating up Flip and his friends ("The Soup Song", "Room Runners"). And there is a lot of piano playing too.

Flip the Frog cartoons are almost the defining example of animation from the pre-censorship era. An angry Flip often reacts to trouble with a shout of "Damn!" Nude or scantily-clad women often appear, usually to place Flip in compromising positions. Innuendo is everywhere; in "The Office Boy," a sexy office clerk unwittingly walks around with a "private" sign hanging from her backside. Finally, typical cartoon violence has consequences: in "Puddle Pranks," a character is eaten by a monstrous bird and appears to die permanently (being chewed up and swallowed).

Flip the Frog shorts featured many tropes that may or may not have originated with Flip, but that generally were first seen in cartoons of about this period (and thus are OlderThanTelevision). Many are {{Discredited Trope}}s or {{Forgotten Trope}}s. On a side note, Flip's first cartoon, "Fiddlesticks", was the first sound cartoon in color, predating even Disney's ''WesternAnimation/SillySymphonies'' short ''WesternAnimation/FlowersAndTrees''.

Despite this, the series was a failure, unable to compete with ''WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse'' or even ''WesternAnimation/BoskoTheTalkInkKid'' in terms of popularity, prompting Iwerks to abandon the character and begin work on the ill-fated ''WesternAnimation/WillieWhopper'' and ''WesternAnimation/ComiColorCartoons'' series.

Not to be confused with [[FlippingTheBird Flip the Bird]], nor a completely unrelated web cartoon series [[NamesTheSame also called]] Flip the Frog.
[[folder: Filmography]]


* Fiddlesticks (Aug 16): The original pilot, produced in two strip color. The short is very similar to Iwerks' work on Disney's SillySymphonies shorts.
* Flying Fists (Sept 6): Last Flip short to be produced in color.
* The Village Barber (Sept 27)
* Little Orphan Willie (Oct 18)
* The Cuckoo Murder Case (Oct 18)
* Puddle Pranks (Dec. ?)


* The Village Smitty (Jan 31)
* The Soup Song (Jan 31)
* Laughing Gas (March 14)
* Ragtime Romeo (May 2)
* The New Car (July 25)
* Movie Mad (Aug 29)
* The Village Specialist (Sept 12)
* Jail Birds (September 26)
* Africa Squeaks (October 17)
* Spooks (Dec 21)


* The Milkman (Feb 20)
* Fire! Fire! (March 5)
* What a Life! (March 26)
* Puppy Love (April 30)
* School Days (May 14)
* The Bully (June 18)
* The Office Boy (July 16)
* Room Runners (Aug 13)
* Stormy Seas (Aug 22)
* Circus (August 27)
* The Goal Rush (Oct 3)
* The Pony Express (Oct 27)
* The Music Lesson (Oct 29)
* Nurse Maid (Nov 26)
* Funny Face (Dec 24)


* Coo Coo the Magician (Jan 21)
* Flip's Lunch Room (April 3)
* Techno-Cracked (May 8)
* Bulloney (May 30)
* A Chinaman's Chance (June 24)
* Pale-Face (Aug 12)
* Soda Squirt (Oct 12)
!!This series contains examples of:
* AntiHero: Flip is something of an anti-Mickey Mouse in character. He's a very scrappy guy and sometimes can act like a real jerk.
* AnimateInanimateObject: Lots of them. Some of them just come to live. Some of them move to music.
* AnthropomorphicShift[=/=]InformedSpecies: Flip looked less and less like a frog as the series went on.
* BagOfKidnapping: In "The Phoney Express" Flip's unnamed human girlfriend is kidnapped this way by the villain of the short Bronx Cheerio, stuffing her into the same sack with his stolen goods as he makes is getaway.
* CardboardPrison: In "Jail Bird"
* CatchPhrase: "Damn!"
* DepravedDentist: Sort of in "Laughing Gas". If drilling right into throat and doing other things with other in a music beat counts as that.
* DistressedDamsel: May be ChainedToARailway now and then. The damsel, or a male victim of Flip's spinster boss, may also face DeathBySex (i. e. in "Paleface" or "Funny Face"), sometimes played for laughs.
* EyeScream: "Room Runners" --the bathing lady doesn't take kindly to being spied on.
* GeckoEnding: In some of the episodes.
* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal: Flip wears shorts, a bow tie, gloves and shoes, but no shirt.
* HauntedHouse: In "Spooks."
* IntellectualAnimal: Pretty much any animal that's not a FunnyAnimal.
* LiteralAssKicking: Sometimes happens. In "Soup Song" , even self-asskicking can be seen.
* MickeyMousing, in moments when everything isn't in fully sync with music.
* MimeAndMusicOnlyCartoon
* NegativeContinuity
* OhCrap: The end of "The Music Lesson", when Flip is cornered in the swimming hole by the policeman and the spinster lady.
* OpposingSportsTeam: In "The Goal Rush".
* RuleOfThree
* ScoobyDoobyDoors: Sometimes appear during chase scenes.
* SelfOffense: Flip accidentally knocks out his trainer while practicing for a prize fight.
* ShoutOut:
** The title of "Africa Squeaks" is a reference to the 1930 American documentary film ''Africa Speaks''.
** The title of "Little Orphan Willie" is a play on the title of the then-famous comic strip ''ComicStrip/LittleOrphanAnnie''.
** The title of "The Goal Rush" is a play off the title of the Creator/CharlieChaplin film ''Film/TheGoldRush''.
* SingingVoiceDissonance: Flip's speaking voice is that of that typical high pitched animation protagonist, but when he sings along with his piano as in the introduction, it deepens considerably.
* SlidingScaleOfContinuity: The series belongs to Level 1 (Negative Continuity).
* SmellySkunk: In "Laughing Gas".
* StandardSnippet: Used a lot.
* TheGayNineties: Some shorts would be set during this or in a rural area in which Nineties norms still prevailed (i.e. "The Village Smitty").
* TheTwelvePrinciplesOfAnimation: Creator/ChuckJones remarked once that the animation of Flip playing the piano was one of the earliest examples of non-flat, spherical Solid Drawing, a testament to Iwerks' draftsmanship skills.
* ToonPhysics: Pretty much every object can become flexible to add to the RuleOfFunny. Especially if it happens to be a piano.
* TorsoWithAView: The Cuckoo in "The Cuckoo Murder Case".
* UniversalAdaptorCast
* VagueAge: Allows Flip to be a schoolboy in one episode to a car driving adult in another.
* WhenItRainsItPours
* WhiteGloves: Every character except some of the Animate Objects.
* WorkingOnTheChainGang: In "Jail Birds"
* WraparoundBackground: Sometimes used in the shorts.
* YellowPeril: "Chinaman's Chance."