The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Heroes of Animated Cinema #5

Flip the Frog


nutshell king said...

I have a couple of DVDs of Flip the Frog cartoons. I love "period" toons as much if not more than the next guy....but these are horrible and dull and not funny. The intro theme, however, will stick in your head forever, like a bad joke.

swac said...

Aw, I love me some Flip. Pre-code naughtiness, un-PC stereotypes (racial and sexual) and celebrity caricatures...what's not to love?

Lee Marvin Newland said...

Flip is the result of Ub, (changed from Ubbe), being taken for granted by Walt Disney. Ub eventually went back to Disney. Screwball Squirrel, Tex Avery's star of two, or three cartoons is the real forgotten star.You might want to go to for more cartooning.

Lee Marvin Newland

swac said...

Lee Marvin Newland?

Any relation to Marv "Bambi Meets Godzilla" Newland?

Birch said...

I saw Flip for the 1st time at an eight-hour animation show that was part of an early Chicago Comicon at the Congress Hotel. I thought it was geeeenius but that might have just been the drugs talking. But I also saw Windsor McCay's Gertie the Dinosaur and that really truly was genius.

Daniel Poeira said...

Hollywood is full of unsung heroes, but Iwerks is probably the biggest of them all. Everytime I see someone wearing a Mickey Mouse t-shirt it makes me wanna cry.