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Saturday, Mar 17, 2007, 7:20 am

Saturday Cartoon

By Brian Zick

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What's Opera, Doc?

This cartoon was the consensus favorite in a survey of over one thousand animators, cartoon historians and other animation pros, published in The 50 Greatest Cartoons, As Selected by 1000 Animation Professionals (published in 1998).

Directed by Chuck Jones for Warner Bros., the film squeezes Wagner's epic 14 hour Der Ring des Nibelungen opera into 6 minutes. Jones always gave enormous credit to his layout designer Maurice Noble, for the distinctive and dramatic color scheme which make the visuals so compelling.

Story: Michael Maltese
Animation: Ken Harris, Richard Thompson, Abe Levitow
Effects Animation: Harry Love
Layouts: Maurice Noble
Background Art: Philip DeGuard
Editor: Treg Brown
Voices: Mel Blanc
Musical Direction: Milt Franklyn
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