Bugs Bunny Rides Again
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Carl Stalling’s musical soundtracks for the mid-20th century Warner Brothers cartoons included frequent quotations from classical composers, including Rossini, Beethoven and Wagner, acquiring a reputation as an informal kind of introductory musical education. Chapter 1 is a general introduction and brief review of some of the recent literature on film and cartoon music. Chapter 2 is a brief historical summary of the use of classical music for film from the days of live accompaniment to silent films through the first decades of recorded synchronous sound films. Chapter 3 examines the musical structure of the soundtrack to the 1948 cartoon Bugs Bunny Rides Again to see how Carl Stalling integrated classical music into his scores. Chapter 4 looks at the broad cultural context of the cartoons at the time of their production and their subsequent reputation as musical education in the decades that followed. Chapter 5 presents some conclusions.