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A Symposium on Popular Songs (1962)

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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Gloria Wood ...
Billy Storm ...
Skip Farrell ...
Bing Crosby (voice)
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Musician-Percussion
Danny Best ...
Musician-Trumpet and Cornet
Nick Fatool ...
Musician-Percussion
Justin Gordon ...
Manny Klein ...
Musician-Trumpet
Abe Lincoln ...
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Matty Matlock ...
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Eddie Miller ...
Musician-Tenor Sax
Miff Mole ...
Musician-Trombone
Allan Reuss ...
Musician-Banjo and Guitar
Willie Schwartz ...
Musician-Tenor Sax
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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 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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Sixty Years of Syncopation...FROM "RAGTIME" TO THE "BIG BEAT" (original one-sheet poster) See more »


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19 December 1962 (USA)  »

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Symposium de chants populaires  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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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 »

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Ludwig Von Drake: Around the turn of the century, I was a starving musician, and I was down to my last rutabaga. And anybody knows what that means: I was dressed in rags all the time.
[sobs]
Ludwig Von Drake: Even my clothes was in rags. And I said to myself, "That's it! I will call my new syncopation... ragtime!"
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Puppy Love is Here to Stay
Written by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Performed by Billy Storm
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Dry.
14 August 2012 | by See all my reviews

This is a Ludwig Von Drake (Paul Frees) cartoon in which he gives a history of 20th century of music--all of which he claims to have invented. I didn't mind Ludwig's goofy delivery but what I really disliked were the musical sequences. Instead of being hand-drawn animation like Ludwig, the singing portions consisted of stop-motion paper cutouts or animated vegetables. And, there was absolutely nothing funny about the music. Kids would probably become suicidal watching it but I guess it is highly original. I see that another reviewer adored it. It just left me cold and wondering if I am in the minority or if others felt the same way.

By the way, the quality of the songs made for the sequences is high and were done by the Sherman Brothers. But the songs are not funny--and I thought cartoon shorts were supposed to be funny.


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