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Saturday Morning Cartoons: Looney Tunes and Waltzes

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This week’s Saturday cartoon features Chopin’s “Minute Waltz” in D-flat, Op. 64/1. Bugs Bunny takes on the popular waltz in the 1955 Warner Brother’s cartoon, “Of Hyde and Hare." A character with a knack for musical performances, Bug Bunny plays the waltz magnificently until his new owner, Dr. Hyde, disturbs the peace.

A vocal version of Chopin’s Minute Waltz is also featured on Barbara Streisand’s album, Color Me Purple. Screenwriter Lan O’Kun wrote the lyrics to the vocal version of the waltz, a parody that implies the song should be performed in one minute. The vocal version has been performed by multiple artists, including Streisand in live performances, featured here.