Thursday, October 13, 2005

Cartoons Strike A Note With Classic Music Fans

CLEVELAND (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Would you believe that Bugs Bunny has introduced more people to Beethoven than conductor Leonard Bernstein?

That’s the contention of Daniel Goldmark, author of the new book Tunes for ’Toons (California Press), which examines the tunes appearing in cartoons from the 1930s through the ’50s.

Goldmark says he was amazed at how much cartoon viewers could learn about American pop culture and music from watching the old classics.

That’s especially the case for opera writer Richard Wagner. Goldmark claims more people learn about Flight of the Valkyries through the cartoon What’s Opera Doc, which immortalizes the melody by adding the now well- known lyric, “Kill the wabbit.”

While somewhat educational, Goldmark doesn’t see cartoons becoming a low-budget substitute for music in the school system. He says, with parodies, “You’re not going to get too much out of it.”

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