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What's Opera, Doc?
is a 1957
short animated film in which Elmer Fudd
chases Bugs Bunny
through a six-minute operatic
production of Wagner's The Ring of the Nibelung
. Mel Blanc
and Arthur Q. Bryan
do the voices, including the singing.
It is regarded as Chuck Jones' masterpiece (by Jones and many others), requiring about 6 times as much work and expense as any of the other 6-minute cartoons his studio was producing at the time. During those 6 minutes, Jones lampoons
- Disney's Fantasia,
- the then-current style of ballet,
- Wagner's ponderous operatic style, and even
- the by-then cliche Bugs-and-Elmer formula.
It was later included in the compilation film, The Bugs Bunny-Road Runner Movie, together with Duck Amuck and other Chuck Jones shorts.
The cartoon and lyrics were written by Michael Maltese[?], the music adapted from Richard Wagner, the impressive and unusual background work by Maurice Noble[?]. The short has been deemed "culturally significant" by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.
Also see: Looney Tunes, Looney Tunes & Merrie Melodies filmography
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