Considered one of the greatest animated shorts in the history of cinema, "What's Opera Doc?" combines Richard Wagner's epic music with the playful world of Looney Tunes. The result is an aesthetically unique and sometimes, even dark, masterpiece.
Starring Mel Blanc & Arthur Q. Bryan.
Written by Michael Maltese.
Directed by Chuck Jones.
Produced by Warner Bros.
[With English subtitles and music descriptions].
• The soundtrack consists of five wagnerian works (excerpts): "Tannhäuser", "Rienzi", "The Flying Dutchman", "Die Walküre" and "Siegfried".
• This is the third of the three Warner Bros. shorts (the others being "Rabbit Rampage" (1955) and "Hare Brush" (1962)) in which Elmer defeats Bugs. When he finally "kills the wabbit"... he instantly shows regret.
• For the ballet scenes, Chuck Jones and his animators studied dancers Tatiana Riabouchinska and David Lichine, who were working for Warner Bros. at the time. Both dancers had previously worked on "Fantasia" (1940), as reference models for the "Dance of the Hours" sequence.
• In 1992, the United States Library of Congress deemed the film "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant", and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry.
• Behind the Tunes: Wagnerian Wabbit-The Making of 'What's Opera, Doc?' (2004)
• IMDb: http://imdb.com/title/tt0051189
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The clip is from "The Bugs Bunny/Road-Runner Movie" (1979).