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What's Opera, Doc?

What's Opera, Doc? (1957) - Merrie Melodies Theatrical Cartoon Series What's Opera, Doc?

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>Warner Bros. Cartoons, Inc.
  • Warner Bros. Cartoons, Inc.
  • Animated Characters: Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd.
  • Originally Released in 1957.
  • Production Number: 1397.
    MPAA: 17374
  • Running Time: 6:52 minutes.
  • Color
  • U.S.A.  U.S.A.

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In 1992, What's Opera, Doc? was chosen by the Library of Congress' National Film Preservation Board as one of 25 "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant films" to add to the National Film Registry. It was the first short animated film so honored.

Director Chuck Jones reportedly rushed through some Road Runner cartoons so that he and his crew could put in extra time on this production.

The Bugs Bunny dance sequence was reworked from one taken from Isadore Freleng's 1945 Herr Meets Hare.

This short was the final performances of Elmer Fudd by Arthur Q. Bryan, who died in 1959. Mel Blanc voiced one word for Bryan- "Smog"- as his scream was deemed better than Bryans.

Richard Wagner music includes (in order): Overture ("The Flying Dutchman"), Ride of the Valkyries ("Die Walk?re"), Siegfried's Horn Call ("Ring of The Nibelungs Cycle"), Overture ("Tannh?user"), Bacchanal ("Tannh?user"). "Rienzi" is also incorporated.

Bugs' closing line, as he "comes alive" after appearing to be dead: "Well, what did you expect in an opera, a happy ending?"

Songs: "Merrily We Roll Along" (Charlie Tobias-Murray Mencher-Eddie Cantor), "The Flying Dutchman" (Wagner-arr. Milton J. Franklyn), "Mighty Hunter" (Milton J. Franklyn), "Ride of the Valkyries" (Wagner-arr. Milton J. Franklyn), "Siegfried" (Wagner-arr. Milton J. Franklyn), "The Flying Dutchman" (Wagner-arr. Milton J. Franklyn), "Rienzi" (Wagner-arr. Milton J. Franklyn), "Tannhauser" (Wagner-arr. Milton J. Franklyn), "Return My Love" (Wagner-Mike Maltese), "Ride of the Valkyries" (Wagner-arr. Milton J. Franklyn), "The Flying Dutchman" (Wagner-arr. Milton J. Franklyn), "Tannhauser" (Wagner-arr. Milton J. Franklyn).

Traditional, Hand-drawn Animation.

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The very fact that this cartoon still stands out in my mind more than fifteen years after seeing it speaks volumes in ittself. A very memorable cartoon worthy of applause!

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Brilliant!

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I could sing all the lines from this outloud if I wanted too. I love classical music and this one helps prove my theory that Looney Toon cartoons were helpful in teaching children classical music. The ending is hillarious! I love how you want to sob and then...  (read more)

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What's Opera, Doc?

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Yes this is a famous Warner bros.Cartoon. However the main reason i loved it is because of the music! A wonderful cartoon that every cartoon/clasicial music/Elmer Vs Bugs fan should add to their...  (read more)

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