Posted: November 25, 2001
This is a theme that is explored many times in the Fleischer filmography. The first time, was in 1919's THE TANTALIZING FLY. As in the earlier film, Max is attemtpting to draw the clown when a fly pesters him, causing him to smear the ink. This time Max places flypaper around the room, for it's not one fly, but a whole swarm. They gang up on the clown and eat the ink off from the
seat of his costume.
The clown tries to make his own flypaper, which ends up getting stuck on him. He finally creates a fly "lure" out of a barrel, and one by one the flies enter the hole on the side. But when he picks the barrel up, the bottom falls out, and they are right back where they started. Max accidentally backs into the fly paper, and when he turns around, the clown ducks back into the ink bottle, amused by the sight of flypaper stuck to the seat of Max's pants.
Intricate and meticulous use of stop motion with the flies. They are so convincing your flesh will crawl. Very entertaining.
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