Saturday Morning Cartoons: 'Morning' from Peer Gynt

Saturday, March 19, 2011

The music of Edvard Grieg is frequently used in pop culture, as seen in the prominent use of his In The Hall of the Mountain King in the Oscar-winning film, "The Social Network." Another piece that is a favorite of animators is Morning Mood, also from his Peer Gynt Suite. The piece was a favorite of Carl Stalling who often used it for morning establishing shots in Warner Bros. cartoons and it has been featured in The Simpsons and The Family Guy, among other modern-day cartoons. Below is one prominent example.

A Sheep in the Deep (1962)


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Oh dear oh dear oh dear. Um, I'm sorry but that YouTube isn't Morning Mood by Grieg folks. It's the other famous "morning" tune, the one by Rossini from the William Tell Overture...

Jan. 20 2012 12:51 AM
Barry Owen Furrer

As an elementary school band director currenty in my 29th year, it never ceases to amaze me how many of my students recognize Grieg's famous melodies from cartoons, commercials, or other media. When we study the "Morning" melody, it's very satisfying to see and hear the bells and whistles go off - no pun intended. Years ago, a student asked me if I too got excited when hearing this tune - I quicky replied, "no, it's all Grieg to me" - pun intended! Many thanks to the old Saturday morning cartoons and a tip of the cap to Carl Stalling for giving me my introduction to classical music.

Mar. 19 2011 08:15 AM

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