Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Where have you heard classical music in cartoons?

On Monday we looked at a rather serious and political Merrie Melodies cartoon from the 1940s and its use of classical music. Today, let’s lighten things up a bit and look at some fun, light-hearted cartoons containing classical music.

What’s Opera, Doc? pulls from Wagner operas as Elmer Fudd chases Bugs Bunny throughout the show. The most famous reference to Wagner opera in this cartoon is probably “Ride of the Valkuries” when Elmer Fudd sings “Kill the Wabbit” to the same tune. Here is a clip.

A second cartoon example is A Corny Concerto. This classic cartoon opens at Corny-gie Hall, obviously a play on New York’s Carnegie Hall as Elmer Fudd introduces the various selections to be performed. The first segment contains Johann Strauss’ Tales from the Vienna Woods with Porky Pig and Bugs Bunny and the second contains The Blue Danube with what looks like a baby Daffy Duck.

Cartoons such as these exposed children to classical music at a young age in a way that is quite accessible. What are ways kids are most likely to be exposed to classical music early on in today’s society?

What are some of your favorite classic cartoons that contain classical music references?

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