A Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass Double Feature

In response to Amid’s earlier post on Oscar Winning shorts, Tom Knott located the extremely rare Oscar winning John Hubley cartoon, A Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass Double Feature (released by Paramount in 1966). Written and Produced by John and Faith Hubley and animated by Gerard Baldwin, Phil Duncan, Emery Hawkins, Barrie Nelson, Rod Scribner and Ed Smith. Enjoy!

(Thanks, Tom Knott)


  • Tom Pope

    (smiling)

  • http://www.fooksie.com Fooksie

    That was fantastic! I love the music, and the animation was so loose, and cartoony, and full of life.
    My favorite character was the Tijuana Taxi.
    Thanks for posting this.

  • Mike Fontanelli

    Classic! I wonder which scenes Hawkins and Scribner animated?

  • http://hedgehog-rover.deviantart.com Martin Juneau

    Wow! That was i can called a very well Teamwork for the animation and music choice but rarely seen for domestic airwaves. Thanks for sharing this! It’s a beautiful well-drawed short.

  • Saturnome

    Oh my, this is truly incredible! This was one of my holy grails! Can I go on and ask for anything and it’ll show up?!
    I kinda hoped that by uploading the three previous films this one would show up. And I’m delighted to see that it’s such a great film!

    Many thanks ! I’m very pleased someone took the time to locate it. I’ve always been curious about the Oscar winners and I have finally seen all of them.
    … Now on with the nominees!

  • http://www.tomsito.com Tom Sito

    Herb Alpert’s music may not have been exactly cutting-edge, for all of us who lived through the 60s, but he is remembered fondly for buying Charlie Chaplin’s Studio for his A&M Records company. So he saved it from the developers wrecking ball and kept it in all it’s 1925 glory. A friend who worked there said he still had trouble finding an office phone. Chaplin disliked telephones disturbing his concentration.

  • doug holverson

    I love this despite memories of the department store elevator when my Mom dragged me along during shopping back during third grade….

    So, what are the titles of the two or three songs in this short?

  • doug holverson

    BTW, since we’ve got two car themed cartoons linked today (What on Earth? and that “Tijuana Taxi”), plus we’ve been linking to rarely seen on the web cartoons, has the Streamlined Greta Green been posted anywhere? That weird heart/manifold visual sticks in my head since before Kindergarten.

  • http://willfinn.blogspot.com/ Will Finn

    This is delightful. Thanks for putting it up, it is very inspiring. I think i saw at least some of it on a TV special or a variety show way back when it was new. Great fun, it really captures the music in a lively way.

    Co-incidentally, I was looking for Richard Williams’ LOVE ME, LOVE ME, LOVE me this weekend and it is nowhere to be found on the net. I couldn’t even find it listed on Mr. Williams’ IMDB page.

    Didn’t that one also win an Oscar? (or at least get nominated…?)

    (hint…hint)

  • Rob T.

    I’ve been wanting to see this forever – thank you Tom Knott!

    The introductory song is “Mexican Shuffle” (sometimes known as “Teaberry Shuffle” from its use in Teaberry gum commecials), while the other two are “Spanish Flea” (wasn’t that the “Dating Game” theme song too?) and “Tijuana Taxi”.

    I know Emery Hawkins worked with the Hubleys a lot going back at least to “The Tender Game”, and that Scribner did a fair amount of animating for the Hubleys in the 1960s (on “Urbanissimo” among others).

  • http://www.itsthecat.com Mark Kausler

    I think that Emery Hawkins animated the donkey and chicken in “Spanish Flea”. Rod Scribner did a lot of the scenes with the little “gangster” guy striding about with his girlfriend and jumping into the little tent with her. Rod also animated the scene where the little gangster screams at members of his gang.

  • http://www.cheekypress.com/ Craig Clark

    I love it! Great loose animation done mostly with felt tip markers it looks like. I remember hearing Herb Alpert songs at the drive-in in the 60′s between films. Don’t forget the Tom Daniel “Tijuana Taxi” custom car models that came out at about the same time.

    http://www.tomdaniel.com/td_store/diecast_cars/frm_diecast_cars.html

  • Christopher Cook

    “Spanish Flea” was used on The Dating Game when a questioning bachelor or bachelorette was introduced.

  • doug holverson

    I’m also thinking about how Herb Alpert influenced the retro-ish theme for the Angry Beavers, which itself tried to have a sort of a ’70s Rankin-Bass Sunday Morning kiddie fodder vibe to it.

  • doug holverson

    These Monday Inspirations have certainly been inspirational to me! Because of these, my WIP will have throwaway gags with a little green man belting out “Get a Big Top Hat” and “It’s a Big One” from Great and “The Mexican Shuffle! A-wah-wah-wah-wah-wah-wah!” like they’re hard rockers….

    Despite that, take this as a job well done on your parts.

  • bob kurtz

    never too late to say i love it!

  • Greg Ehrbar

    Thanks so very much for posting this. I have wanted to see it since about 1970 when I first bought the “Greatest Hits” album and the liner notes mentioned this cartoon, The style reminds me of what would later show up on The Electric Company and Sesame Street.

  • Jim McCollum

    Thanks to Jerry for this link. One of my first activities when I hooked up my computer in 2001 was to contact Jerry through his old website and ask about this cartoon. He was unable to advance my search, but he took the time to snoop around and keep me informed. I’ve only waited 40+ years to see this cartoon. The A&M fansite – http://www.amcorner.com – already knows about this; their announcement came on the same day as Jerry’s post. I’ve heard that this cartoon was so tough to find that even Herb Alpert could find only a beaten print during a tour many years ago. Hmmm, maybe those specs on the print are more Spanish fleas. Special mention should be made to Julius Wechter, founder of the Baja Marimba Band. Julius wrote “Spanish Flea” and performs the jaunty marima solo on “Tijuana Taxi”.

  • maxeythecat

    I remember how much I loved this short when I was a kid…needless to say it hasn’t lost one iota of its charm 43 years later! Also what Tom Sito sez about Herb Alpert….agree with you 100%. If it weren’t for him, the old Chaplin Studios would be nothing but a memory. Dunno how it looks now, but when I worked there as an office floater I was able to see alot of Chaplin’s original buildings still very much intact and well used….very cool place!

  • MadRat

    How in the world did they get this video?! It’s never been on VHS, it’s never been on DVD, I’ve never heard of it being played on TV. The only time I managed to see this film in my 40 years of life was at tiny animation festival attended by about 30 people in 2007 and that film looked like it had been throw in a washing machine with the laundry.

    The saddest part of all is as soon as YouTube becomes aware of this video, it will be removed.

  • Mike

    I remember seeing this on tv when I was kid and didn’t think I’d ever see it again. I think they showed it on a Herb Alpert tv special without the opening credits. Just terrific.