Ub Iwerks (1930)

Flip the Frog is the featured performer at an outdoor nightclub in the forest.
He entertains the woodland creatures with his dancing and piano-playing.

Animated by Ub Iwerks, Fred Kopietz, and Tony Pabian

Backgrounds by Fred Kopietz

Fiddlesticks is a 1930 Celebrity Producitons theatrical cartoon short directed and animated by Ub Iwerks, in his first cartoon since he departed from Walt Disney’s studio. The short features Iwerks’ character Flip the Frog. It is the first complete sound cartoon to be photographed in color.

Fiddlesticks was the first film in the Flip the Frog series. The sound system was Powers Cinephone, the same system used for Disney’s Steamboat Willie in 1928.

The unnamed mouse in the cartoon bears a striking resemblance to Mortimer Mouse, the original concept behind Mickey Mouse, both of whom were first animated by Ub Iwerks.

Seymour Kneitel (1956)

Popeye and Bluto are running for president; it’s election day, the vote is tied, and Olive is the only remaining voter.

Olive Oyl won’t vote until her chores are done, so Popeye and Bluto compete to cut her wood, plow her fields, and store her hay. And then it’s just an old-fashioned fight.

Popeye for President is Popeye’s 219th theatrical cartoon, which was released by Famous Studios on March 30, 1956.

Animation by Tom Johnson and Frank Endres.

Story written by Jack Mercer.

Starring Jackson Beck as Bluto, Jack Mercer as Popeye, and Mae Questel as Olive Oyl.