Thats 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.
Thats especially the case for opera writer Richard Wagner. Goldmark claims more people learn about Flight of the Valkyries through the cartoon Whats Opera Doc, which immortalizes the melody by adding the now well- known lyric, Kill the wabbit.
While somewhat educational, Goldmark doesnt see cartoons becoming a low-budget substitute for music in the school system. He says, with parodies, Youre not going to get too much out of it.
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