Saturday Morning Cartoons: Carl Stalling

Friday, March 28, 2008

During his 22 years as a composer for Warner Bros. animated shorts, Carl Stalling practically invented the musical vocabulary of cartoons. This Saturday morning, we feature Stalling's original score to the 1956 Road Runner cartoon "There They Go-Go-Go!" Watch the cartoon below.



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Comments [3]

Chris Williams from New York

How ironic, a Simpson's episode two weeks ago used originally composed by Mr. Stalling. Since then I have been reading about him and his music. (wikipedia:

Apr. 02 2011 09:10 AM

You just made my Saturday! Carl Stalling was a musical genius as was Raymond Scott (whose music Stalling used a lot, especially the industrial scenes) and it is about time this music gets recognized.

Of course, no one will ever, ever top "What's Opera, Doc?" for sheer genius, in 6 minutes it totally, while paying homage to Wagnerian opera, deliciously skewers it and some of the pomposity around it:).

Unfortunately, a lot of the snob factor still resides around cartoon music. Recently, one of the composers in the first round of the Orpheus 440 competition wrote an amazing homage to cartoon music, and didn't make it into the next round, while some of the music chosen, well, nuff said....

Apr. 02 2011 09:08 AM
Tim Brown from Washington, DC

Great way to start the day. Think I'll go play my Carl Stalling CD now. Thanks, WQXR for the terrific Saturday Morning Cartoon feature.

Apr. 02 2011 05:12 AM

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