Avocado Night Thread

The Fiddlesticks Night Thread (August 16, 2019)

Fiddlesticks, released on this day in 1930, was Ub Iwerks’ first cartoon after his departure from Walt Disney’s studio. It was groundbreaking as the first synchronized sound two-strip Technicolor cartoon, and featured the debut of Flip the Frog.

Despite featuring in over three dozen cartoons between 1930 and 1933 (including one which featured a jaunt to an opium den), the character did not find much popularity, and was retired, quickly fading into obscurity.

Iwerks, who created Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and Mickey Mouse whilst working with Disney, left when his acrimonious relationship with the man he had known since 1919 finally broke down. He ran Iwerks Studio until 1936 when he was forced to close and become a freelance animator. He produced several Looney Tunes shorts at Warner Bros and worked for Columbia Pictures’ animation division, before returning to Disney in 1940.

Have a pleasant night, Avocado!