Saturday Morning Cartoons: Figaro! Figaro! Figaro!

Saturday, January 07, 2012

Rabbit of Seville Rabbit of Seville. (YouTube)

To celebrate the launch of our new Operavore stream Saturday, we’re featuring several animated takes on the aria “Largo al factotum,” from Rossini’s The Barber of Seville.

This well-known piece appears in many cartoons, including "Tom and Jerry," "Woody Woodpecker," "Sylvester the Cat" and even makes a brief appearance in "Family Guy." In the famous “Rabbit of Seville” cartoon, Bugs Bunny sings in the style of this aria but the music used is actually the overture to the opera.

Rabbit of Seville

The Cat Above and The Mouse Below

The Barber of Seville

Back Alley Oproar

Family Guy

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Comments [2]

carol from New York, NY

Do you know Disney's The Whale That Wanted to Sing at the Met? from a Disney full length animated classic called Make Mine Music? It broke my young heart and made me a lifelong operavore.

Jan. 07 2012 05:54 PM

The "Rabbit of Seville" cartoon with Bugs and Elmer cracks me up every time I see it. The lyrics written to the music are as creative as anything I have ever heard (even more so considering it is the overture with some embellishment). "..let me cut your mop....there, you're nice and clean, although your face looks like it might have gone through - a -ma-chine".

And the opening credits? Carlo Jonzi instead of Chuck Jones? Genius.

Jan. 07 2012 04:16 PM

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