In my first approaches to classical music, been already old enough to understand it, appreciate it, differentiate it, enjoy it, I found myself often saying, "hey, I know that tune." Even sometimes laughed to hear some tunes, and could not remember why. At home this music wasn´t usual and local radio didn´t honor it either. Then, where did the memory came from? Uncertainty did not last long because even in those years (and still, I admit it), I really enjoyed watching the same cartoons I used to watch during my childhood (and from other people´s childhood before me). It was THERE, were I found the answer to my question.
The following is a grout some of the most significant examples I could find. The idea is to share, for all of those whom, just like me, have been educated in music from their begginings, through the funny cartoons.
Since the very beggining, cartoon have used classical pieces to colour their animations, even if technology didn´t allow them to do so in the visual face. Guiden by old known melodies, classical ones, cartoon characters danced, wore, were facing, did their evil deeds, his genius, and so on. This resource is positive for the producers because it gives them a wide and rich histrionic field, supported on the bases of great pieces that already stimulate imagination on their own. The richness of these melodies relies on its fluctuations, climax, momentum, and what that generates in the listener, an infinity of different images, they evoke, they provoke... as well, they help to spread in a friendly context and accessible to all, great figures from the worldwide musical scene. This way, the benefit is not only for the creator, but also for the listener, because without knowing it or deliberately seek for it, they are been cultivated, as well as they are been entertained...
1. A pioneer in the art of animation, Disney, was also one of the firsts in making use of the cited remedy as a mean of expression. With him we´ll start this little route, in the hands of the great Mickey Mouse and his version of 1929 of Liszt´s Hungarian Rhapsody (+ other pieces)
Further on, on his classical "Fantasia", Disney took it to the extreme creating a feature film plagued with classical pieces and funny stories intertwined to it´s music. From the genius Beethoven, a fragment of his 6th Symphony, "Pastoral"
Nowadays, Disney still spreads the good music. In this short we can see Minnie Mouse in a display that reminds us of some passages of "Fantasia", bringing us a strong and infinitely versioned, "Flight of the Bumblebee" from Rimsky-Korsakov
2. Who also took advantage of the classical pieces, where the most famous cat and mouse in the TV history, Tom & Jerry. Here´s one of their best, using the same Hungarian Rhapsody that already Mickey used, Jerry drives the poor Tom nuts.
3. The Warner Brothers also had created great shorts based on the masters of yore. Here we´ll see the lucky rabbit x 2... First, passionate, directing "Morning, noon and Night in Vienna" from Franz Von Suppe
4. One of my childhood favorites, the Pink Panther, also hobnobbed with the great masters, in this case with Beethoven. Adding its personal mark, the Panther gets in between the strong notes of the 5th Symphony, to play its unforgettable melody, from the great Henry Mancini. A master Piece!
5. Last but not least, something that will for sure be a discovery for some people and a great memory for others. The beloved mexican Chespirito character, the "Chavo", took his funny music, also, from the master Beethoven, in this case, from his Turkish March.
Well. That´s it (for today) If you liked it please comment, share. I insist, the ultimate goal of this post is to bring good remembrance to all of you. I know I´m missing some, if I find them, I´ll update it, if you remember some, name it. So long!
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