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Western Animation: A Corny Concerto

Voted no. 47 on Jerry Beck's The 50 Greatest Cartoons list, "A Corny Concerto" (pronounced "Con-Shir-To") is a Merrie Melodies short from 1943, directed by Bob Clampett, with the story by Frank Tashlin.

The short is a parody of Walt Disney's Fantasia, keeping the musical aspect fully intact, but throws Fantasia's highbrow attitude right out the window in favor of slapstick and hilarious sight gags (as well as throwing in sound effects and Voice Grunting). The short is split into two segments, both based on two classic waltzes by Johann Strauss Jr; "Tales from the Vienna Woods", which is centered on one of the very few times Bugs Bunny and Porky Pig have shared screentime, and "Blue Danube", which is a retelling of "The Ugly Duckling" with Daffy Duck (or a baby version of him at any rate).

This short is in the public domain (in fact, if you were a child of the 1980s and 1990s and had a VCR and a family who loved to watch videos, then you may have seen this short on a lot of gray market, public domain videos) and can be viewed here.

The short has also made it onto The 100 Greatest Looney Tunes list.

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Long Haired HareFilms of the 1940sCoal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs
Coal Black and de Sebben DwarfsLiterature/The 100 Greatest Looney TunesDeduce You Say
Bugs Bunny Gets The BoidThe FortiesTortoise Wins By A Hare
Ali Baba BunnyAnimated FilmsElmers Candid Camera

alternative title(s): A Corny Concerto
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