Cartoonist breaks down how a whole generation learned classical music from watching old cartoons

26 July 2022, 10:49

Bugs Bunny plays Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody
Bugs Bunny plays Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody. Picture: Twitter/Warner Bros

By Maddy Shaw Roberts

For those whose childhoods are inextricably linked with Bugs Bunny’s virtuoso pianism, take a trip down memory lane with this brilliant Twitter thread.

“Lots of us learned classical music from watching old cartoons, so I’m going to identify the pieces that frequently popped up,” cartoonist Vincent Alexander begins his Twitter thread.

It’s an unlikely pairing, but – from Rhapsody Rabbit to The Cat Concerto – one that helped Warner Bros and Looney Tunes perfectly capture some of the best slapstick moments in cartoon history.

Vincent Alexander is a cartoonist and animator, whose most famous creation is superhero cartoon Musical Man and the Magic Kazoo. And his thread, which remembers the most iconic marriages of cartoon animals and classical melodies, has now reached millions of eyeballs around the world, reminding a whole generation of how the magic of Liszt and Mozart came into their lives through the small screen.


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