We are playing classical music from a Saturday Morning Cartoon today at 9:00 am. The music is Franz Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2. It has been used most memorably in Rhapsody Rabbit, a Bug's Bunny Warner Brother's cartoon from 1946:
But you might also enjoy the 1954 Woody Woodpecker cartoon using the same music:
One of my favorite cartoons, or, er, animations using classical music is the Pines of Rome section from Fantasia 2000. It is a stunning example of sparkling music mixed with a delightful fantasy story:
There is a rich history of classical music used in shorts, and now feature animated works. What are your favorites?
Editor's note: for a cartoon of recent vintage, also see The Simpsons' episode "The Italian Bob" (2005), with Krusty the Clown's epic performance of Pagliacci: