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#1 Posted : Thursday, May 3, 2018 7:10:42 AM(UTC)
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Like the topic title says, which musical compositions featured in classic cartoons are your favorites? Here are some of mine:

The obvious choices:
Brotherly Love
Dance of the Comedians
Dinner Music for a Pack of Hungry Cannibals
Hello Ma Baby
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2
I Love to Singa
Manhattan Serenade
On Moonlight Bay
Powerhouse
The Penguin
Runnin' Wild
Someone's Rocking My Dreamboat
The Song of the Marines
We're in the Money
You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby
You Oughta Been in Pictures
whatever the title card music for "Hair-Raising Hare" and "Hyde and Hare" is

Other, less likely choices:
A Solid Citizen of the Solid South
Cheyanne
Congo
The Happy Farmer
In My Merry Oldsmobile
Parade of the Animals
Piggy Wiggy Woo
Some Sunday Morning
Sweet Dreams, Sweetheart
Toboggan Run (I know it's stock music, but I'm just throwing it in just because)
"With all respect to the great mousetrap."- Popeye, "The Spinach Overture" (1935)
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"It's a Hap-Hap-Happy Day" by Winston Sharples.
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By studio, and this includes television and theatrical, up to 1965:
MGM/Harman-Ising:
"Butch the Cat's Kittens theme" from 1942's "Chips off the old Block" (Scott Bradley)

"Trolley song (Clang Clang Clang went the bel;l)"
from "Meet Me in St.Louis" from many Tom and Jerry's (Ralph Blaine-Hugh Martin)

"Sleep Baby Sleep"(one used by ALL studios!)(Jimmy Rodgers-NOT the

"Sweeter than Wine" and "Honeycomb" 1950s crooner, though both were folk and country as well as old-time pop!)

"We're Off the See the Wizard" from "Wizard of Oz" (Yep, MGM was just as willing to plug THEIR songs as was Warner Bros.and the others)(Harold Arlen-Yip Harburg)

"Diapers" from "Bottles" (unknown lyrics, probaly msuic by Scott BRadley as he'd been with them from the start)

"Droopy theme" (Scott Bradley)

"Tom and Jerry" (Scott Bradley)

"Bring on The Girls!" (from their "That's Entertainment!") (Arthur Freed-??)

WB/Harman-Ising/Leon Schlesinger:

"Get Happy"(the original Looney Tunes song)(??{

"Carolina in the Morning"(Walter Donaldson)

"La Vie En Rose" (Edith Piaf-Johnny Mercer)

"When Irish Eyes Are Smiling"(Chauncey Olcott)

"Shuffle Off to Bufallo"(from WB's own "42nd Street")(Harry Warren-Al Dubin)

"The Cat Came Back" from the Leon Schlesinger title cartoon forgot composer

"Merry-Go-Round Broke Down" (1937-1969 theme) (Dave Franklin-Cliff Friend)

"Merrily We Roll Along" (1936-1964) (Eddie Cantor (!), M.K.Jerome, and Charlie Tobias)

"Lamour Tpjours Lamour"(Catherine Chisolm Cushing-Rudolph Friml)

"I'm Going Cuckoo, Cuckoo"(Mel Blanc-Carl Stalling-Mel Millar?)

"Rural Rhythm" (Frank Weldon)

"Powerhouse" (Raymond Scott)

"Ain't She Sweet" (Milton Ager-Jack Yellen)

"Sleep Baby Sleep" (Jimmy Rodgers--see above under "MGM")

"Gumby/Dennis theme" (used in "Hook, Line and Stinker")(John Seely-Bill Loose)

"Huckleberry Duck"(Raymond Scott)

"I Gotta Sing Cause I'm Gay aka I Wanna Play House" (used in the 1936 "
I wanna Play House")(writers unknown)

"Vieni Viene"(popularized by Rudy Vallee)(used in "A Star is Hatched" and "Jungle Jitterz")(??)

"What's Up Doc?" (Carl Stalling)

"Camptown Races" (trad.)

"Oh Doggie" (Carl Stalling) used in 1953's "Oh Rice and Hen"

"Stand Up and Sing you Son of a Gun"first in "Hollywood Canteen" thanks to the late Robert Osborne (RIP) showing that movie in 1999 on Turner Movies I found those out, see below (Johnny Mercer-Richard WHiting)

"Fish outta Water"(also from the above WB comic feature) )used in 1938
's "Porky's Boat"-whoops, lol, "Porky's Five and Ten"(same writers)

"Easy as Rolling off a Log" (in "Katnip Kollege", believed by me to be an original, also a trendy expression used a few years later by Jiminy Cricket during the Blue Fairy/lying cage scene in "Pinnochio", M.K.Jerome)

"Comedy Walker" from the first of the six 1958 shorts so scored with stock cues--ps parts of 1960s shorts were and TV Bugs ads not seen in years were,as found by moi on You Tube.:-)(Phillip Green, credited to John Seely) heard in "Weasel While You Work"(the first of such shorts,1958)

"Sublime Ghost" (John Seely-Bill Loose-David Rose) used in "Gopher Broke", next to last of these

"Hip, Hip, Hurry" from cartoon of same name (John Seely-Henry Russell, who also wrote the below song, distributed as stock cues by John Seely, in the last of those six shorts fuly done this way)

"When I Yoo-Hoo" (Henry Russell-the veyr same who wrote some stock cues later used by Seely above, but not a stock cue), used i n1930s cartoons like the title one and "Plane Dippy", with early Porky, both 1936.

"Bumpy Trombone cue" or whatever (Pre-Hysterical hare',1958, another of the "Seely" shorts), when we and Bugs Bunny first see the stone age rabbit) (John Seely-Bill Loose, Phil Green, Jack Shaindlin or Spencer Moore,most likely)



and many others

Disney/various distributors
"Minnie's Yoo Hoo"" (Carl Stalling prior to WB)

"Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf" (Ann Ronell-Larry Morey-Frank Churchil;l) from "Three Little Pigs" (1933)

"Reluctant Dragon" from Film of the same name,1941 (Erdman Penner-Thornton Hee-Charles Wolcott)

"Pink Elephants" from "Dumbo" ,1941 (Ollie Wallace-Ned Washington)

"Heffalump and Woozles"(WELL, since PE was mentioned.) from 1968's Winnie/Blustery Dayh (Richard and Robert Sherman)

most 1930s60s feature songs

Universal/Walter Lantz
"Mother Goose on the Loose"(song used in same film,1942)(Darrell "Boogie Woogie" Calker-Ben Bugs Hardaway)

"Woody Woodpecker" original open (Darrell Calker)

"Woody Woodpecker" classic song (George Tibbles-Adrian)

"Andy Panda Theme"(Darrell Calker)

"Up Jumped the Devil" from "Apple Andy" (1946)(Ben hardaway-Darrell Calker)


Paramount-Famous/Harvey
"Casper the Friend;y Ghost".Okay. Shoot me./ (Jerry Livingston-Mack David) 1956-59

"Little Audrey Says" (1955-59) (Winston Sharples(??))

"Popeye" (Sammy Timberg)

"It's a Hap Hap Happy Day" (from the 1939 feature "Guilliver's Travels") (Winston Sharples-Samme Timberg)

"First Noveltoons theme"(Sammy Timberg)

"Second Novelt toons Theme/Modern Madcaps/etc.theme"(Winston Sharpeles)

Clokey:
"Gumby Heart" stock 1964-1969 Gumby theme (Pete Kleinow)

"Opening Orchestral the,e"(John Seely-Bill Loose)

And of course, the ones listed under WB

"Unidentified Tale of Woe" horn cue used in many Hanna-Barberas in the Mike Maltese/Daws Butl;er Quick Draw/Super Snooper/Augie Doggie trilog,y in "How Not To Trap Lions"/"Mocking Monkey" in the opening zoo scene

"Chase me Chester" (Roger Roger) in "Gabby Auntie",1968, during the chase scene

"Comedy Grotesque, Skelton in the Cupboard"(Phillip Green,also n HB and the opening "John Seely" WB cartoon. "Weasel white u Work")

"Groovy Guitar chase" used in later Gumbys during Prickle, Goo, Gumby and Pokey Chase..think "Moon Madness" or "Goo for Pokey" (most likely Gunther Kauer and Doug Lackey, looking thru ASCAP, BMI)_

"Macabre/Beethoven 5th", (Saint-Saens, arr.by Gunther Kauer and Doug Lackey, I believe, consider "Haunted Hot Dog's open)

"Davey and Goliath 1"(Gunther Kauer-Doug Lacvkey)

(Davey and Goliath 2-the church organ theme) (trad.)

"Bumpity trumpet cuie" used in Davey, sister Sally, and dog Goliath in a exploring gold episode and in early Gumby, Pokey "Gopher Trouble/Fanstic Farmer' throughout the gopher the,e/

"Opening Pleasant theme" (John Seely-Jack Cookerly-Emil Cadkin-Bill Loose) used in "Robot Rumpus" after open credit

"Robot Rumpus"(Henry Russell, both stock compsoer and 1930s Looney Tune compsoer of "When I Yoo Hoo"!), in guess which short.

Plus the wierdo first short (1955's "Moon Trip/Trapped on the Moon/Gumby on the Moon")'s many odd music effects..

Hanna-Barbera

"Wistful Comedy"(John Seely-Bill Loose-David Rose) heard in MANY Hucks and Yogis

"Fireman something"(shoutout to the late Daws Butler, Jr.aka Earl Kress, 1951-2011 for info) (Jack Shaindlin), used in Quick Draw show, and in the end of "Space Bear' with Yogi, Ranger, and Boo Boo (1959)

"Toboggan Run" (Jack Shaindlin-Morton G=ould, in John Seely's serivce since 1956)

space prohibits entire going on..:DBugs Bunny Buzzy Donald Duck Fethry Felix Daffy Duck
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Love these ones:
Sing You Son Of A Gun
With Plenty Of Money And You
All's Fair In Love And War
September In The Rain
Mutiny In The Nursery
Let That Be A Lesson To You
For You

Sometimes certain executions of songs are striking:
It Had To Be You (as heard in CROSS COUNTRY DETOURS)
Feelin' High And Happy (as heard in PORKY AND DAFFY)
Ol De Lay Start The Day Right (as heard in THE GOOD EGG)
52nd Street (in the climax of PORKY'S BUILDING)
Fish Out Of Water (as heard in PORKY'S FIVE & TEN)
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On the MGM side, "Sing Before Breakfast" is one of the catchiest songs used in Tom & Jerry.

On the WB side:
-"Ho-dle-ay (Start the Day Right)" - favorite usages: "There Auto Be a Law", "Dog Gone South", "Little Blabbermouse"
-"All in Favor, Say Aye" - specifically for the climax of "Porky's Last Stand".
-"Powerhouse" (an obvious choice, I know) - favorite usages: "Early to Bet", the jazzy version in "Lighter Than Hare", the educational section of "Yankee Dood It", "Porky Pig's Feat".
-"Ain't We Got Fun?" - favorite usage: In "The Turn-Tale Wolf".
-"Ain't She Sweet" - favorite arrangement: the title card for "Tweet Tweet Tweety".
-"That Was a Big Fat Lie" - "Bell Hoppy", "Bone for a Bone", "Muzzle Tough", "A Peck o' Trouble".
-"Keep Cool, Fool" - favorite arrangement was in "Dog Gone Cats", though a close second is the title card for "Fool Coverage".
-"Traffic" by J.S. Zamecnik - Perhaps the best use was in "Porky the Fireman".
-"Meow" (and its sound-alike variant by Milt Franklyn heard in a few cartoons)
-"Down in Nashville, Tennessee" - Only used a couple times but I wish it was used more.
-"In a Little Red Barn on a Farm Down in Indiana" - again, only heard in a couple cartoons but still catchy.
-"I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover" - favorite arrangements: "Fast and Furry-ous", "Daffy Dilly", "There Auto Be a Law"

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#6 Posted : Thursday, May 10, 2018 12:23:31 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Ian L. Go to Quoted Post
On the MGM side, "Sing Before Breakfast" is one of the catchiest songs used in Tom & Jerry.

On the WB side:
-"That Was a Big Fat Lie" - "Bell Hoppy", "Bone for a Bone", "Muzzle Tough", "A Peck o' Trouble".
-"Down in Nashville, Tennessee" - Only used a couple times but I wish it was used more.
-"In a Little Red Barn on a Farm Down in Indiana" - again, only heard in a couple cartoons but still catchy.
-"I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover" - favorite arrangements: "Fast and Furry-ous", "Daffy Dilly", "There Auto Be a Law"


Agreed on those! And thanks for identifying the first...I was wondering what that one was!

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#7 Posted : Sunday, May 13, 2018 6:42:54 AM(UTC)
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Can't believe I forgot "Puddin' Head Jones" above. That's another favorite.
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A few more of mine:
Ain't She Sweet?
Captains of the Clouds
Fiddle Dee Dee
I Didn't Slip, I Wasn't Pushed, I Fell
There's Music in the Land
What's Up, Doc?
Where Was I?
whatever the title card for "Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid" is

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"With all respect to the great mousetrap."- Popeye, "The Spinach Overture" (1935)
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Another one: "A Cup of Coffee, a Sandwich, and You". My favorite use is probably in "Rabbit's Feat", though it's great anytime it plays.

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So many choices!! It seems I've always got a cartoon soundtrack in my head! One of my joys of the internet is being able to research and find recordings of songs used in cartoons.

Rather than post a huge long list of favs here's just a few ear worms I've had lately:

"Keep a Little Song Handy" from Betty's Boops' 'Crazy Inventions'
https://soundcloud.com/v...keep-a-little-song-handy
https://soundcloud.com/fred-seibert/tracks

"On with the New" from Betty Boop (working freelance, I often get this song on my head on my way to a new opportunity!)


"Let's Rub Nose Like the Eskimoses" from Porky Pig's 'Polar Pals' (BTW does anyone know if this song was written especially for this cartoon?)
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^ I don't know if it was written just for the cartoon, but it wasn't a Carl Stalling creation. It was written by Joseph Meyer and lyrics were by Al Stillman.

Thought of another fave: "The Song of the Marines". Especially fun in "Conrad the Sailor".
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Thought of yet another favorite: "Old King Cole". Love how Stalling used it as the wolf's theme in "Little Red Walking Hood".
"With all respect to the great mousetrap."- Popeye, "The Spinach Overture" (1935)
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Just wondering, Ian, which MGM cartoons does "Sing Before Breakfast" play in? I wanna say it's the piece that plays during the breakfast scene in "The Truce Hearts" for obvious reasons, but not sure.
"With all respect to the great mousetrap."- Popeye, "The Spinach Overture" (1935)
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My favorite Stalling regulars include "A Cup of Coffee, a Sandwich and You", "The Umbrella Man", "Powerhouse", "Gee, But You're Swell", "Let That Be a Lesson to You", and a few others.
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^ I don't know if it was written just for the cartoon, but it wasn't a Carl Stalling creation. It was written by Joseph Meyer and lyrics were by Al Stillman.


Thanks, Ian. I'l use this info to see if I can find out any more about it. A lot of people find this scene particularly memorable (I first heard and saw it in a UK airing of 'Bugs vs Daffy: Battle of the Music Video Stars' as a kid and never forgot it).

A few of other songs I really, really like are in the Silly Symphonies

' You'r Nothin' but a Nothin' ' from the 'The Flying Mouse'
(a long version of this song can be found in this great article by Fred Parten http://cartoonresearch.c...on-17-turning-the-paige/)

'Hi-De-Hades' from 'The Goddess of Spring'

'The Cookie Carnival' from the cartoon of the same name
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Just wondering, Ian, which MGM cartoons does "Sing Before Breakfast" play in? I wanna say it's the piece that plays during the breakfast scene in "The Truce Hearts" for obvious reasons, but not sure.
It plays in:
-TV of Tomorrow
-The Framed Cat
-The House of Tomorrow
-The Truce Hurts
-What Price Fleadom
-Lonesome Lenny
-The Million Dollar Cat
-The Lonesome Mouse
-The Midnight Snack
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Found a song used in "Bonanza Bunny" today: "There is a Tavern in the Town". Anyway, that's another fave.
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Yet another: "Put 'Em in a Box (Tie 'Em with a Ribbon and Throw 'Em in the Deep Blue Sea)". Always occurred to me that it was strange such a jaunty ditty like that would have that kind of name.
"With all respect to the great mousetrap."- Popeye, "The Spinach Overture" (1935)
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