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Before things get weird.

Tup Tup is a 1971 animated short film (12 minutes) from the former Yugoslavia (or the current Croatia), produced by Zagreb Film and directed by Nedeljko Dragić.

A man has retired for the evening. He relaxes in bed, attempting to read a newspaper. However, from the downstairs apartment the man hears an annoying noise that sounds like "tup tup". The man yells in anger and bangs on the floor with a broom, to no effect. Finally he takes radical action, blowing up the entire apartment building. It's here where the film turns bizarre and surreal, as the bomb destroys the entire apartment building but somehow leaves the man unscathed on his bed, which is now resting on the open ground. The only thing left of his apartment building is a pile of bricks—which sort themselves into the shape of a man, who runs away. From that moment, what was once a cartoon with a fairly coherent story becomes a parade of bizarre, nonsensical, dreamlike animation that recalls the later work of Bill Plympton in the United States.

It can be watched here.


  • Angrish: Various inarticulate shouts of rage from the man as the noise bothers him.
  • Animate Inanimate Object:
    • The man enters a building. The door to the building becomes a mouth, the building retches, and it spits the man out.
    • For a little while the man is chased around by a chair.
  • Bizarchitecture: Before the rest of the cartoon gets bizarre, the man is lying in his bed in an oddly-shaped bedroom with a far wall that is very far away.
  • Breast Expansion: After the naked woman beats the man up with her breasts, the man blows into one of them and it inflates. The woman floats for a moment before the breast explodes, and suddenly the man is in a sea of giant breasts.
  • Ceiling Banger: When he first hears the noise, the man first bangs on the floor with a broom, then tries banging on the ceiling.
  • Deranged Animation: Bizarre imagery from the moment the man blows up the building. In one scene someone takes the man's picture. Apparently he's a reporter, as a picture of the man shows up in the newspaper. Then the picture of the man somehow becomes the man, as he hops out of the newspaper and, now very tiny, runs away.
  • Dig Your Own Grave: The man does this, but his attempt at suicide fails (see Happily Failed Suicide below).
  • Halfway Plot Switch: It looks like it will be a comic story about a man who wants to go to sleep but is distracted by an annoying noise. Then the film goes completely crazy, leaving plot behind for a second part filled with freaky imagery.
  • Happily Failed Suicide: The man attempts to shoot himself in the head. Instead a huge frog materializes from the barrel of the gun, kisses him, and becomes a beautiful naked princess.
  • Hell Is That Noise: The "Tup tup" sound the man keeps hearing. It starts with it just keeping him from sleeping, but as he gets more and more desperate to stop it, it sends him into an Unstoppable Rage that leads him to destroy all around him.
  • Impact Silhouette: The man falls straight through the ground, creating a silhouette which reveals what seems to be a second world underneath. That's weird. It's weirder when the Impact Sihouette becomes animated, gets up, and runs away.
  • Instant Gravestone: The man sets off a bomb in a large crowd, turning it into an instant cemetery.
  • It's Quiet… Too Quiet: After much mayhem, the man appears to have eradicated the source of the noise, and happily lies down on the ground to read a scrap of newspaper. But soon the lack of noise starts to get to him, and starts going insane again.
  • Laughing Mad: The man near the end.
  • Man on Fire: After the man sets a distant city on fire, a man runs into view with his head engulfed in flames. The man follows him, but by the time he's caught up, the fire has consumed everything but his feet (which are still walking), and soon consumes those as well.
  • Rage Against the Heavens: At one point the man kneels down to pray, which is then reduced to incoherent ranting towards God.
  • Random Events Plot: Although there's a common thread of the man looking for the source of the sound that's keeping him awake, most of the story seems to be the animator doing whatever bizarre sight gag popped into his head.
  • Sanity Slippage: The man gradually becomes more and more unhinged, until he goes into a rampage and destroys everything in sight.
  • The Sociopath: Surely blowing up an entire building to get rid of an annoying sound shows a lack of empathy.
  • Title Drop: The picture of the man in the newspaper is accompanied by a story that's nothing but gibberish except for the caption "Tup Tup".
  • Torpedo Tits: Sort of. The man is surprised to see a buxom naked woman. He's even more surprised when her large breasts become prehensile and start beating him up.
  • True Love's Kiss: Presumably what took place when the frog kisses the man and turns into a hot naked princess.
  • Turning Back Human: The frog at the end kisses the man, and becomes a gorgeous naked princess (judging by the crown).
  • Visual Pun: Many. At one point a naked woman presses her nipple with a finger, and a TV screen appears on her belly.