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Saturday Morning Cartoons: Wabbits and Wagner

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Of course, it wouldn't be Wagner Week without mentioning the 1957 Warner Brothers classic "What's Opera Doc?" On air we'll play the overture and Venusberg music from Wagner’s Tannhauser, which is featured in this masterpiece of animated Wagnerian music drama starring Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd.

In the full cartoon, there’s also music from The Flying Dutchman, Rienzi, Siegfried, and perhaps most famously, Elmer Fudd singing "Kill the Wabbit" to the tune of "Ride of the Valkyries," from Die Walkure.

Tonight at 9 pm, don't miss Movies on the Radio, when David Garland presents the full cartoon soundtrack from the album "Bugs Bunny on Broadway," in which the original cartoon voices are accompanied by a symphony orchestra.