A workman finds a singing frog in the cornerstone of an old building being demolished. But when he tries to cash in on his discovery, he finds the frog will sing only for him, and just croak for the talent agent and the audience in the theater he’s spent his life savings on.
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Maybe the most iconic Looney Tune of all time? The froggy's entrance is unforgettable; simultaneously charming and ever so slightly disturbing, a feeling that runs through this. Like an earworm, it burrows its way into your mind until you find yourself singing "Hello my baby, hello my honey, hello my ragtime girl" late at night. And a trenchant anti-Capitalist message! Masterpiece.
First, I watched some Spanish dub that had a narrator. Then, I went for the original version: I discovered a whole new short. The choice of only featuring the Frog's voice without any human speaking is simply brilliant - it's a borderless, universal message. As we get closer to 2056 and the ending point of this timeline, it's clear it aged (too) well. Human nature doesn't change. It's a never-ending process indeed.
09/23/18 - Digital - Whitsell Auditorium - This is one of the cartoons that really shaped my sense of humor. The humiliation and desperation of the schlubby man who finds the frog is so damn perfect. The shot of him staring blankly ahead in the mental asylum while the frog continues to perform, just trying to comprehend his situation, it's absolute brilliance.