American Culture

Saturday Video Roundup: the snide of the Valkyries

Saturday morning cartoons aren’t what they used to be, are they? And I don’t mean that in your typical I-walked-six-miles-to-school-every-day fashion, either. Once upon a time toons made some very different assumptions about their audience. I mean, how many Saturday morning shows these days play on opera?

Let’s begin this morning’s entertainment with a smattering of high culture, as Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd perform Wagner.

You like opera? Cool, because we got more. How about a rousing performance of Rossini’s The Rabbit if Seville?

Of course, it’s never pretty when high culture and low culture cross swords, as we learn when Bugs faces off with opera singer Giovanni Jones. There’s something going on, but you don’t what it is, do you Mr. Jones?

We hope you’ve been enlightened. Join us next week when we’re certain to have the bar lowered back to an appropriate level.

Thanks again to Dr. Mike Pecaut, who apparently has nothing better to do these days than troll the Net for SVR programming ideas…

6 replies »

  1. Nothing can ever replace the class, style and wicked intelligence of those old Warner Bros. cartoons!
    Never will we find another cast iron voice like Mel Blancs.
    All classics in every sense of the word.

  2. I think I’d rather have something else to do on Friday nights, but at least this way someone benefits from my boredom-induced flights of fancy. Besides, I miss these cartoons. 🙂

  3. These classics will never be surpassed. However Warner Bros. did have some with some “modern classics?”