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Cartoon Opera


What's Opera, Doc?

What's Opera, Doc? is a 1957 American animated cartoon short starring Bugs Bunny in the Merrie Melodies series. The story features Elmer Fudd chasing Bugs Bunny and uses music from Richard Wagner's operas, particularly Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung) and Tannhäuser.
The short is also sometimes informally referred to as ''Kill the Wabbit'' after the line sung by Fudd to the tune of Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries", the opening passage from Act Three of Die Walküre. In 1994.

What's Opera, Doc? was voted no.1 of the 50 Greatest Cartoons of all time by 1000 members of the animation field.

Long-Haired Hare

Long-Haired Hare, starring Bugs Bunny, is a 1948 Warner Brothers Looney Tunes theatrical cartoon.

The soundtrack includes a lot of opera including: Gioachino Rossini's "Largo al factotum" from The Barber of Seville;  Gaetano Donizetti's aria "Chi Mi Frena In Tal Momento" from Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor; Richard Wagner's prelude, 2nd theme from Act III of Lohengrin; and Franz von Suppé's overture from Die schöne Galathee.
The voice of Giovanni Jones, the opera singer, was provided by Nicolai Shutorov.

The Rabbit of Seville

The Rabbit of Seville, starring Bugs Bunny is a 1949 Warner Bros. Looney Tunes cartoon based on and around Rossini’s The Barber of Seville.

The Whale Who Wanted To Sing At the Met

Is a short animated feature from the 1946 Disney studios collection called Make Mine Music. The series also features a version of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf. The Whale Who Wanted To Sing At the Met is about a Sperm Whale with incredible musical talent and his dreams of singing Grand Opera. But short-sighted impressario Tetti-Tatti believed that the whale has simply swallowed an opera singer, and chased him with a harpoon. Nelson Eddy narrated and performed all the voices in this segment. As Willie the Whale, Eddy sang all three male voices in the first part of the Sextet from Donizetti's opera, Lucia di Lammermoor. In the end Willie was harpooned and killed, but the narrator softened the blow by telling the viewers that he sang on in heaven.

Mickey’s Grand Opera

Clara Cluck, who features in this cartoon in duet with Donald Duck, appeared in many of Mickey’s early cartoons as an operatic diva. She appears as a caricature Bel Canto singer.