music cartoons are works of art composed by two things that were often
joined together to create both short and long films
that have been very
successful. The most famous example of film composed only of
classical music cartoons was Fantasia
(1940) by Walt Disney, famous all over the world.
Very many were few
minutes long movies, that made people laugh by doing the caricature of music,
musicians, the music environment, while others were long stories inspired
by the music.
Yet, how many know who the composers of those beautiful music works were? Here are a few examples,
maybe you've already seen them. I've done this page to make justice to
those old composers who today, thanks to copyright laws, which didn't exist in
their times, would become super millionaires, thanks to
how often their music is performed. At least, let's remember their
names! Also, I hope this page draws more people to classical
presented in a light way than it's usually done
(perhaps this is the reason why a lot of people don't go to classical
Anyway, very often people don't realize how much classical music there
is around them. Indeed, classical music is used for ringtones,
voice mails, adverts, film, although people don't know it is classical
music and even less they know what pieces are those ones they are
Classical music cartoons:
Often classical music characters get teased in cartoons,
by exaggerating musicians' real features and poses.
Obviously, it is the exaggeration that makes us laugh, although there is
some truth in the attitude of the characters and those who know the
classical music world will find them even funnier (unless they are too
similar to the characters being teased). Here are some funny examples
of classical music cartoons. The first one is a
caricature of the music itself, even of the "Rossini crescendo",
Ouverture from The barber of Seville
(1816), by Gioacchino
A typical classical music character is the solo pianist, the virtuoso. Here's one of them.
Tom and Jerry
Hungarian Rhapsody n.2 (1848?) by Franz Liszt
The pianist, Bugs Bunny
Another version of the same concerto, with small variations. Another
amusing example of classical music cartoon, it's also the caricature of
the pianist's poses and of the music environment and concert halls. Notice his
attitude to the audience...
Bugs Bunny plays the Hungarian Rhapsody n.2 by Franz Liszt
Part of the caricature is when Bugs Bunny answers the phone...
Rhapsody means that the music takes
inspiration from Hungary's folk music themes and styles (Liszt's
country). Those we nowadays call 'classical music' composers,
have always been connected with their country's folkmusic, they used popular tunes and
took inspiration from them.
The orchestra conductor
Another character, nearly the symbol of classical music is the
orchestra conductor, here is an example of how he is seen. Here too,
notice his attitude to the audience...
"Morning, noon and night in Vienna"
(188?) by Franz von Suppé
The tenor and the conductor
The tenor is another character that lends himself to being teased,
having often lofty poses. Here the (Italian) tenor doesn't
tolerate being disturbed during his practice and later he'll find
someone who'll take revenge in various ways and as a conductor during a
(Watch the conductor, Leopold,
highly respected by everybody. Can you guess who he is? Keep reading this
page and watching the videos, you'll find out).
The music performed is: Figaro's aria Largo
al factotum, from The Barber of Seville (1816) by Rossini; Chi mi
tal momento, from Lucia di Lammermoor (1835) by Donizetti;
Tannhauser (1845) by Wagner.
Long Classical Music
Disney's film Fantasia was a really unique work,
colossal and ahead of its times, which was a model for many other
classical music cartoons and still is wonderful. If you've never seen
it, here you'll find some excerpts.
This time here are some examples of classical music cartoons that don't
tease musicians but are the background or take inspiration form a
story. The first one is a sort of horror
movie, and terrified many, especially among children. Obviously,
it's music what causes big emotions, try watching the films without it!
From Disney's film "Fantasia" (1940):
A night on the Bare Mountain (1867), music by Modest Mussorgsky
The music of the next video, still from Fantasia, was composed taking
inspiration from an already existing story. We are still in the
supernatural world: an apprentice
decides to use the magic he's been learning from his master, without
being able to
control it. Therefore he starts a mechanism and then he doesn't know
how to stop it and... he gets into troubles!
The sorcerer's apprentice (1897)by Paul Dukas
Let's change atmosphere, in the following video there is a lovely
series of characters, music and dances from various parts of the world,
with different styles and moods.
The nutcracker (1892), by Piotr Ilic
Now a film where classical music and cartoons join not to form a story
but simply to form beautiful images with the musicians and the
orchestra instruments and then fantastic images.
This too is a very famous work (at least the beginning) which gets used
often in movies, scary situations, makes shudder many and sounds very
modern. Yet, it was composed about 300
years ago by Johann Sebastian
Its title is Toccata and fugue,
originally it was written for organ, to be played with two hands and
(true!). This version used in the movie is the transcription for big
orchestra, with all instruments, done by the conductor Leopold
Stokowski, who conducts the orchestra and takes part in the whole
Fantasia movie (see who "Leopold"
was? We met him in previous cartoon, in this page?).
Toccata and Fugue in d minor (1703?-1707?)
by Johann Sebastian Bach
I hope you enjoyed these music works and the cartoons inspired by them,
I'll add more, I could go on for long, see you soon.