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Frogs, Effeminate Walks and Mae West


SODA SQUIRT (October 12th, 1938)
Directed by Ub Iwerks

(Dates from The Big Cartoon Database.)


This post accompanies Uncle Eddie's A GRIM NATWICK WALK post.


Uncle Eddie pointed out to me this amazing Grim Natwick(Irv Spence?) animation in Ub Iwerks' Flip the Frog cartoon "Soda Squirt."

This cartoon has a lot of funny celebrity caricatures and cartoony animation in it, but the best scene by far is Grim's (Spence's?) animation of the effeminate man walking into Flip's soda shop.


I love the curves and the strong gestures in these drawings. And check out how Grim (Spence?) can create such a graceful and delicate walk, while at the same time making it fun and cartoony - amazing!


The handkerchief makes for a great prop in accentuating these nice curves...


Well, enough talk - on with the screen grabs!

Flip Meets Mae West...



Well look who's here...




























Such expressive hands...


Nice three-shot...I love his reactions in the back...


Can I get some service please!??!






Check out that upset mouth!


Is it just me, or does this customer with the handkerchief remind anyone else of...



...Cesar Romero?

5 Comments:

At 4:55 AM, Blogger Stephen Worth said...

That three shot is Grim. You can tell by the hands and the expressions. Grim probably directed this cartoon.

See ya
Steve

 
At 2:37 PM, Blogger antikewl said...

If this cartoon hadn't been created before his time, I'd have sworn the character was modelled on the late Quentin Crisp!

 
At 11:44 PM, Blogger Marc Deckter said...

Thanks Steve!

 
At 11:45 PM, Blogger Marc Deckter said...

Hi Antikewl - haha, yeah you're right! They look awfully similar...

 
At 2:43 PM, Blogger Brian Romero said...

Holy hole in a donut Batman!

 

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