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The sheet music for Johann Strauss' "The Blue Danube" is constructed by moving musical symbols. A baton-toting conductor note tries to direct his fellow notes in performing this musical ... See full summary »

Director:

Chuck Jones

Writer:

Michael Maltese (story)

Star:

Mel Blanc
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Credited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Drunken Musical Note (voice)
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The sheet music for Johann Strauss' "The Blue Danube" is constructed by moving musical symbols. A baton-toting conductor note tries to direct his fellow notes in performing this musical piece, but finds that one of the notes has become drunk after being inside the sheet music for "Little Brown Jug". The drunken note staggers goofily on the staves for the music of "The Blue Danube" and is chased by the conductor. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 December 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La nota ubriaca See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This short does not feature any dialogue. See more »

Goofs

One note in the score is written on the top line of the treble clef (F#) but provides the tone for G (the space above that line). See more »


Soundtracks

An der schönen, blauen Donau, Op. 314 (On the Beautiful Blue Danube)
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Music by Johann Strauss
Main theme played often in the score
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Surreal but beautiful.
1 July 2003 | by rapt0r_claw-1See all my reviews

This is one of those cartoons which are abstract and obscure, feature no famed character and is really a work of art. This is one of the cartoons which Jones might have dreamed of; something he really wanted to put on paper. Though not outright funny and not something that little kids would really understand or like. It could be a cartoon into which a lot of thought and underlying self-expression was channelled; on the other hand it could be an aimless study of the line which was not aimed at success but a simple experiment by the animators. What's with the two background artists anyway? They seemed to have been lazing 'cause there don't seem to be any scenery! Or maybe they were the ones who drew the notes... A very stylized cartoon, and one of the few sensible choices made by the Academy to be nominated for best cartoon. It should have won, but it didn't. A great example of opera. Except for maybe The Dot and the Line (1965), no cartoon based upon no real character and really very artistic and stylized would surpass this. If you narrow it down to that kind of OPERA, then this is unsurpassed. Anyway, without any specifications this is (or should be) classified as one of the best ten cartoons ever; at least top 20. Highly recommended. Should be in print on something besides laserdisc (I have an LD-player but you don't get LDs anymore).


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