Andy Panda is playing a rendition of Chopin's "Polonaise" for a farmyard audience. Eventually, Woody Woodpecker walks in and decides to join him, accompanying him on an adjacent piano. While the duo play, there are various blackout gags such as a man trying to hold in a sneeze during the performance and an audience that doesn't appreciate someone's attempts to open a candy bar wrapper. The concert is threatened when a drunken horse sets the stage on fire but they manage to finish the piece with Woody dousing the flames with a fire hose. Written by
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Another successful combination of classical music and animation
This short, nominated for the Academy Award, is another in a long line of shorts that take music (in this case, classical music) and set animation to the music. Music and animation in concert (sorry) with one another. While all the studios did this, with varying degrees of success, Walter Lantz, with his Swing Symphonies (set to jazz) and Musical Miniatures (classical) was most successful in doing these types of shorts routinely. As usual, Woody Woodpecker quite outshines Andy Panda, but the short is great fun and well worth hunting down. It's a pity that the Lantz material isn't in wider circulation than it is at present. Recommended.
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