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The Tantalizing Fly (1919)

As a cartoonist draws a clown, a housefly harasses both the man and his pen-and-ink creation.

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Max Fleischer (as Max Fleicher)

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Max Fleischer
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Max Fleischer ... Cartoonist (uncredited)
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A cartoonist drawing a clown is harassed by a fly. His efforts to swat the insect only spray ink over his drawing, so he borrows a fly-swatter from a co-worker. When the fly comes to rest on the clown, the cartoonist gives the paper a mighty whack, sending the clown head over teakettle, but missing the fly entirely. The clown borrows the pen from the cartoonist and attempts to smack the fly, which only splatters the cartoonist with ink. The clown next decides to draw a picture of a bald man to lure the fly, but once again his mighty thwack only sends the seated man sprawling. Exasperated, the cartoonist picks up the paper, and the ink slides down the page into the inkwell. In the last scene, the fly follows the ink into the bottle and the cartoonist captures the annoying insect at last. Written by David Bassler

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

4 October 1919 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Forfulgt af Fluer See more »

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J.R. Bray Studios See more »
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Silent
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[first lines]
Cartoonist: You just keep quiet for a second, I'll get him.
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Almost 100 years later, it's still very clever!
20 August 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The above summary is because ccthemovieman-1 used the same summary--except he used 90 instead of 100 because his review came out in 2007.

Once again, we see in the Fleischer Brothers Koko cartoons a wonderful mix of live action and cartoon...something used very well in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" many decades later. Using their Rotoscope invention, Max was able to trace his brother, Dave, as he danced about and portrayed Koko...a process which made their cartoons much more fluid than their competitors and even today you have to be impressed with their work.

In "The Tantalizing Fly", a fly annoys Max as he's drawing Koko...and the fly begins to annoy Koko as well. It's all extremely funny...one of the best Koko films I've seen. However, sadly, it's also incredibly short...and is less than 4 minutes long.


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