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A Symposium on Popular Songs (1962)

Passed  -  Animation | Comedy | Family  -  19 December 1962 (USA)
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Professor Ludwig von Drake plays a variety of popular music, all of which he wrote. First, ragtime: the Rutabaga Rag, with vegetables dancing in stop-motion. Next, the Charleston, with ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Paul Frees ...
Gloria Wood ...
The Andrews Sisters singing The Boogie Woogie Bakery Man / Helen Kane (voice)
Billy Storm ...
Man Singing Puppy Love Is Here to Stay (voice)
Skip Farrell ...
Bing Crosby (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ray Bauduc ...
Musician-Percussion
Danny Best ...
Musician-Trumpet and Cornet
Nick Fatool ...
Musician-Percussion
Justin Gordon ...
Musician-Tenor Sax
Manny Klein ...
Musician-Trumpet
Abe Lincoln ...
Musician-Trombone
Matty Matlock ...
Musician-Clarinet
Eddie Miller ...
Musician-Tenor Sax
Miff Mole ...
Musician-Trombone
Allan Reuss ...
Musician-Banjo and Guitar
Willie Schwartz ...
Musician-Tenor Sax
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Storyline

Professor Ludwig von Drake plays a variety of popular music, all of which he wrote. First, ragtime: the Rutabaga Rag, with vegetables dancing in stop-motion. Next, the Charleston, with cut-out animation of a singer and dancers. Dixieland and more cut-out animation; the crooner/love ballad; 50's doo-wop; and finally, rockabilly. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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A NEW TWIST ON THE OLD "RAGTIME" (original print ad-all caps) See more »


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19 December 1962 (USA)  »

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Symposium de chants populaires  »

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The singers caricatured in this short are: Helen Kane (1920s jazz), Al Jolson (1930s jazz), Bing Crosby (romantic ballad), The Andrews Sisters (boogie woogie), and Paul Anka (rock 'n' roll). See more »

Quotes

[zoom in on large mansion with extensive grounds, statuary, and monuments]
Ludwig Von Drake: Hello there! Welcome to my modest home!
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This would have been helped greatly by less Ludwig and more music.
29 August 2001 | by (Tucson AZ) – See all my reviews

This cartoon was nominated for an Oscar and the only reason that I can see is because it was released by Disney. It's at least 2-5 minutes too long, has not nearly enough music and too much Ludwig von Drake (a character I normally like, but here, for some reason, he's like fingernails on a chalkboard). Disney's done much better work in the same vein, like Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom. Here, Drake's commentary is unfunny and excessive. Disney runs this during Vault Disney occasionally-not too often, though. Has it's moments. Probably worth seeing if you like Disney.


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