Monday, May 4, 2015

Classical Music in Cartoons

Last year we spent a week looking at classical music in cartoons. Many of you may recall your first exposure to classical music from a favorite cartoon you watched as a child. The old Merrie Melodies cartoons in particular always seem to use a classical favorite! I thought it might be fun to pull up a few additional cartoons that incorporate classical music.

One of my favorite Bugs Bunny cartoons is The Rabbit of Seville and is a play on Rossini’s The Barber of Seville. Watch as Bugs massages Elmer’s head in perfect time to the music:

In this next video you can watch a Loony Tunes depiction of the classic tale of The Three Little Pigs accompanied by a selection of Brahms’ Hungarian Dances. The best part is that they credit Brahms at the beginning, further educating viewers. Note that, similar to The Rabbit of Seville, the animation in this cartoon coordinates quite well with the music, adding to its humor.

Join me next time for an inside look at the WGUC staff’s favorite classical music cartoons!

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