Saturday Morning Cartoons: Looney Tunes and Waltzes

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Bugs Bunny plays Chopin's 'Minute Waltz' in Warner Brothers' 'Hyde and Hare' Bugs Bunny plays Chopin's "Minute Waltz" in Warner Brothers' "Hyde and Hare" (YouTube)

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.

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Comments [4]

Barry Owen Furrer

@ GCL from Astoria:
The reference to the candelabra and the "brother George" comment harkens back to the old TV show starring master showman and piano virtuoso, Liberace, who's popular show ran about the same time period as Bugs Bunny. Ah, the good ol' days!

Aug. 03 2013 09:21 PM
GCL from Astoria Queens

I remember that scene very well. Right down to Bugs sticking a candelabra on the piano after seeing the music open on it, and reading it, and then playing it splendidly.

So what does it mean?

Aug. 03 2013 07:29 PM
Nancy Condardo from New Jersey

Those old Warner Bros. cartoons had some wonderful music. We kid of the 50s and 60s were really treated to works by Chopin, Wagner, Strauss, Verdi amongst others. It taught us an appreciation of fine music the best way by illustrating the fun and expression of that music.

Aug. 03 2013 10:55 AM
Zanne

I wonder how many people remember what Bugs' comment "I wish my brother George was here" means?

Aug. 03 2013 09:09 AM

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