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|George Daugherty, Milton J. Franklyn, Carl Stalling|
Bugs Bunny on Broadway
Genres: Special Interest, Pop, Soundtracks
Though it's the "cast album" to the touring Bugs Bunny on Broadway show, which featured a 50-piece orchestra playing to the original cartoons, the real stars here are not the musicians but Carl Stalling and Milton J. Frank... more »
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Though it's the "cast album" to the touring Bugs Bunny on Broadway show, which featured a 50-piece orchestra playing to the original cartoons, the real stars here are not the musicians but Carl Stalling and Milton J. Franklyn. As the composers behind the Looney Toons cartoons, Stalling (and later Franklyn) expertly composed scores that borrowed from classical music, popular songs of the day, and the whimsical compositions of Raymond Scott. Working with talents like Chuck Avery (the most musically adventurous of Bugs Bunny's directors) and voice actors Arthur Q. Bryan (Elmer Fudd) and Mel Blanc (virtually everybody else), they created some of the best-loved music of the century. They also introduced classical music to new generations through their loving reenactments of Rossini's The Barber of Seville (as "The Rabbit of Seville") and, amazingly, the entire Ring cycle (condensed to seven minutes in "What's Opera, Doc?"). Not as expansive as the two volumes of the Carl Stalling Project, Bugs Bunny on Broadway nevertheless is a fine collection that concentrates on an oft-overlooked legacy of Bugs Bunny and company. --Randy Silver
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Not For Purists
Joseph Prisco | Ithaca, NY USA | 09/22/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"If you have an ear for the original recordings, then this collection is not for you. On tracks like "The Rabbit of Seville" the switch from the original soundtrack to the modern re-recording is both jarring and unsatisfying. If you loved the "live" show then this may bring back some memories for you. If you want to hear the original performances of the great music from Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies, I recommend "The Carl Stalling Project" instead."
Joseph Prisco | 03/21/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I'm a big fan of Bugs Bunny (I've seen every single cartoon of his that I know of) so when I saw this, I had to buy it. And, I'm kind of glad I did, but at the same time, I wish I didn't. There are two SUPERB songs on the CD. One is "What's Opera, Doc?" (Which is also my favorite cartoon of all-time) and "The Rabbit of Seville." (Another one of my fave cartoons) But a lot of the others just aren't that good. I recommend this CD to anyone who loves the two cartoons I listed above, it's well worth the price."
LOONEY TUNES AT THEIR BEST!!
Children's Book Lover! | San Francisco, CA United States | 05/24/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have seen the Bugs Bunny On Broadway Concert countless times now, and although the animation is incredible, the music steals the show. And this incredible CD does that music justice. As a scholar of the cartoons of Chuck Jones and the music of Carl Stalling and Milt Franklyn, I was stunned and amazed at the care which went into re-creating and restoring these miraculous cartoon scores completely to their original orchestrations. And although the original voice characterizations and sound effects come shining through, the modern digital recording of these monumental cartoon scores truly allows one to appreciate the considerable and brilliant orchestration and compositional abilities of Stalling and Franklyn. They were true masters of their art, and this exceptional recording presents their music as never before showcased. You will never be able to listen to a cartoon score in the same way again. Yes, the original cartoons and their original musical recordings have an undeniably manic quality all their own. But this modern recording, performed by top-notch symphony players, finally allows these miniature cinematic jewels to be heard in their true glory. A must buy, and a great companion to the Stalling Project recordings."