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A Corny Concerto (1943)

Elmer Fudd introduces two pieces of classical music: "Tales of the Vienna Woods" and "The Blue Danube", and acted out by Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, and a flock of ducks.

Director:

Robert Clampett

Writer:

Frank Tashlin (story)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Bea Benaderet ... Mother Swan / Baby Swans (voice) (uncredited)
Arthur Q. Bryan Arthur Q. Bryan ... Elmer Fudd (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

Elmer Fudd introduces two pieces of classical music: The first section, "Tales of the Vienna Woods", spoofs "Fantasia", with Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig and Porky's dog doing a ballet. The second section, "The Blue Danube", spoofs "The Ugly Duckling", with a baby black duck like a juvenile Daffy saving the day when three baby swans are threatened by a goofy buzzard. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bugs Bunny Show See more »

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Leon Schlesinger Studios See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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For some reason, the identity of the black duckling in this short has prompted much debate among cartoon fans as to whether or not it is in fact Daffy Duck. Supporters of the idea claim it is Daffy due to the character's similar color design (such as the white band around the neck), while naysayers say that if it was supposed to be Daffy then it would have been made a little more clear in his appearance or by having him speak. It should be noted that the books about Warner Bros. animation history have never addressed this, nor has it ever been confirmed either way. In the Looney Tunes Golden Collection DVD commentary given by Michael Barrier, he claims that it is Daffy, but since he was not a member of the crew who worked on the cartoon nor citing a source as basis for his conclusion, such a declaration should not be taken as absolute fact. See more »

Goofs

Bugs Bunny's eyelashes briefly disappear and reappear while covering his bra with his left hand and trying to use his bra to tie up Porky and his hunting dog. See more »

Quotes

Porky Pig: [holding up sign] I'm hunting that @!*@ rabbit!
Dog: [holding up sign] Ditto
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Soundtracks

Blue Danube
(uncredited)
Music by Johann Strauss
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Packs so much into 7 minutes
1 October 2008 | by phantom_tollboothSee all my reviews

'A Corny Concerto' is Bob Clampett's inspired parody of Disney's 'Fantasia'. A cartoon in two parts (packing an incredible amount into seven minutes), 'A Corny Concerto' was actually written by director Frank Tashlin. It opens with a magical moment in which Elmer Fudd, taking the Deems Taylor role, emerges in silhouette onto a platform but confounds the audiences expectations of how tall he will be. Elmer's opening speech is a masterpiece of speech-impediment exploitation, a great piece of word-smithery in a largely musical cartoon. Both sections of 'A Corny Concerto' are set to pieces of music by Johan Strauss. The best of the two is the gloriously off-colour 'Tales From the Vienna Woods', in which Porky Pig and a pointer dog hunt Bugs Bunny to the strains of Strauss's music. It opens fairly inoffensively but then heads into the sort of sick territory only Clampett would ever dream of exploring. Porky's gun falls into the hands of a squirrel who fires it randomly at the trio. Fearing they've been hit, Clampett has the three characters dance around in their death throes! This section ends with a bawdy (for its time) gag in which Bugs slaps a bra on the heads of Porky and his dog and pirouettes into the sunset, hilariously collapsing in the cartoon's blink-and-you'll-miss-it highlight. The second section tells a tale set to 'The Blue Danube', in which a baby version of Daffy Duck attempts to find favour with a group of swans. Their rejection of Daffy is hilarious, particularly the moment the mother swan finds him under a rock and uncaringly slams it back down on his head. The short has a happy ending, however, as Daffy saves the baby swans from a vulture and is accepted into their family, It's the sort of story that could have been played straight and with a doe-eyed sweetness but Clampett and Tashlin instead fill it with gags which defy all accusations of cutesiness. 'A Corny Concerto' is a jaw-dropingly event-packed cartoon and another classic in the classic-stuffed Clampett canon.


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