I curated a fiber art group show in the Frogtown section of Los Angeles. I wasn’t sure what I was going to make for the show myself, until I saw the art work sent in by Aubrey Longley-Cook. Aubrey made cross stitch versions of a dissected frog and the famous meme of Kermit The Frog drinking tea. I was immediately inspired. We were doing the show in Frogtown! I started looking at frog characters, all of whom are either hopping or singing and dancing all the time. Eventually I was able to pin a few down, chop them up and make a banner.
The first frog is Flip The Frog, a Depression Era character who love to sing, dance and play the piano. I hadn’t really heard of Flip before I started thinking about frogs for this banner but I recommend looking up some of his short cartoons. The older ones, in particular, get pretty crazy.
Next up is Kermit the Frog, and I wanted to focus on his iconic and strange eye. It seems like an odd touch of realism to have those frog-like lines coming out of his pupils which are really just ping pong balls. I wanted to obscure the eye a little bit, so I added a little Flip in there as well.
Now this is my favorite frog character, Michigan J. Frog. “Hello my baby, hello my dolly, hello my ragtime pal, oh baby..” How many people have these lines burned into their brains from this frog? I know I do.
The game Frogger is so good they’ve made a bunch of knock off versions of it for the iPad and my kids are addicted to it. It is so simple and yet such a classic. Why a frog though? That’s not the first idea that pops into my head when I’m thinking of roadkill.
I’m telling you those early Flip The Frog’s get crazy. Tripping on opium? Now that’s a crazy cartoon. I guess that’s probably why everyone forgot about Flip and Micky got so famous, I bet that mouse never did any opium.