What’s Opera, Doc? – Animation and Classical Music

What's Opera, Doc?

The Marc Davis Celebration of Animation

Hosted by Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino with special guests Oscar-winning animated feature director Pete Docter and Academy Music Branch governor Bruce Broughton.

“Be vewy quiet… I’m hunting wwabbits!”

Whether serving as the soundtrack for a comedic story like “The Band Concert” (1935) starring Mickey Mouse, a stylized operatic parody like “What’s Opera, Doc?” (1957) with Bugs Bunny, or the symphonic inspiration for the visual storytelling of “Fantasia” (1940), classical music has had a strong influence on animated films since they were first synchronized with sound.

Composer Michael Giacchino (“Up,” “Ratatouille”) served as a guide through some of the most inspired and memorable uses of classical music in animation, accentuating the ways this music has influenced animated filmmaking. Special guests included Oscar-winning animated feature director Pete Docter (“Up,” “Monsters, Inc.”) and Academy Music Branch governor Bruce Broughton (“Silverado,” “The Rescuers Down Under”). Presented in conjunction with the citywide “Ring Festival LA” and the Academy’s Chuck Jones exhibition, the evening included big-screen presentations of the animated shorts “Music Land,” (1935), “A Corny Concerto” (1943), “The Rabbit of Seville” (1950) and more.


The following shorts were shown in their entirety, as well as the entire “Dance of the Hours” sequence from “Fantasia.” A sequence from “Up” was also screened.

  • “Music Land” (1935) Disney
  • “The Band Concert” (1935) Disney
  • “Fantasia” (1940) Disney – We will be screening the delightful “Dance of the Hours” by Ponchielli with dancing hippos, crocodiles, ostriches, and elephants.
  • “Rhapsody in Rivets” (1941) Warner Bros.
  • “A Corny Concerto” (1943) Warner Bros.
  • “The Cat Concerto” (1946) MGM/Warner Bros. (Oscar winner)
  • “Rabbit of Seville” (1950) Warner Bros.
  • “What’s Opera, Doc?” (1957) – Warner Bros.

Looney tunes characters, names and all related indicia are â„¢ & © Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. 2010. Artwork courtesy Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.

Event Information

Friday, May 14, at 7:30 p.m.
Samuel Goldwyn Theater
8949 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Michael Giacchino

Oscar®-winning composer Michael Giacchino.

Michael Giacchino, Pete Docter and Bruce Broughton

Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino, Oscar-winning animated feature director Pete Docter and Oscar-nominated composer Bruce Broughton.

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