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The Carl Stalling Project: Music From Warner Bros. Cartoons, 1936-1958 [Soundtrack]

Carl StallingAudio CD
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 27, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: September 21, 1990
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Warner Catalog and O/H
  • ASIN: B000002LJE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,197 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Putty Tat Trouble Part 6
2. Hillbilly Hare
3. Early WB Scores: The Depression Era
4. The Good Egg
5. Various Cues From Bugs Bunny Films
6. There They Go Go Go
7. Stalling Self-Parody: Music From Porky's Preview
8. Anxiety Montage
9. Stalling: The War Years
10. Medley: Dinner Music For A Pack Of Hungary Cannibals
11. Carl Stalling With Milt Franklyn In Session
12. Speedy Gonzalez/Meets Two Crows From Taco
13. Powerhouse And Other Cuts From The Early 50's
14. Porky In Wackyland/Dough For The Do Do
15. To Itch His Own

Editorial Reviews

For fans of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, et al., this is the essential cartoon soundtrack as well as a monument to surrealism. During his 22 years as a composer for Warner Bros. animated shorts, Stalling invented the musical vocabulary of cartoons. Producer Hal Willner has lovingly assembled a sonic collage that showcases Stalling's compositional genius and uncanny ability to borrow a tune. It's a whirling collection of random moments, chock full of music you never knew you knew, from Bugs Bunny's theme from "Rabbit Fire" to Raymond Scott's "Powerhouse" to Stalling's own "Woo! Woo!" Also included in the mix: outtakes from recording sessions, and several complete scores. --Heidi MacDonald

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The Carl Stalling Project-Music From Warner Bros. Cartoons 1936-1958 by The Carl Stalling Project

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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warner Brother's King of Music December 1, 2003
By cara
Format:Audio CD
Even if you do not recognize his name, Carl Stalling is a very familiar composer. He wrote the soundtrack for many of our young lives as the composer for Warner Bros.' "Merrie Melodies" and "Looney Tunes" cartoons from late 1930's to late 1970's. Hal Willner has compiled this CD that for the first time lets you hear the music on its own, and lets you realize just how much of the cartoons' impact came from Stalling's music.

Willner sifted through hundreds of cartoons to choose about 40 with the most significant music. He presents the music in a variety of formats. A few tracks provide the soundtrack for a single entire cartoon. Others are medlies from a certain period in Stalling's career or pieces that set a particular mood (such as the "Anxiety Montage"). There are also tapes from recording sessions for 1951's "Putty Tat Trouble" that give insight on how this music was recorded. I couldn't recommend this CD any more highly. (After you've given it a listen, check out a Raymond Scott "best of" album like "Reckless Nights and Turkish Twilights" to see just how many of its tracks are familiar from various cartoons.)

Stalling's music, instead of following the traditional rules of musical structure (exposition, development, theme, variations, etc.), was written to follow the rapid action of cartoons. Stalling would not compromise on this, even if it meant having the 50-piece orchestra play fortissimo for five seconds and then having only one piccolo playing the next four seconds. To ensure a perfect correspondence between the sound and the image, Stalling and the cartoon's directors would agree on a few sketches and on the timing of the action.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GUARANTEED July 5, 2001
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Although I was familiar with most or all of the music on this CD, I'd never heard of Carl Stalling. Well, to my delight, he turns out to be one of the most important composers ever to write movie scores, right up there with Maurice Jaubert and Nino Rota and John Williams, as far as I am concerned. He was a true original. He wrote the scores for the Warner Brothers cartoons from 1936 to 1958.
This CD is not only a tribute to Stalling, it is also the most entertaining, endearing, smile-engendering, memory-invoking, guffaw-getting album you'll hear in quite a while. I postively guarantee that you will love this album if you were EVER a child--if you EVER joined your friends to sneak into a Saturday matinee and cheer when our hero Bugs Bunny foiled the villain--if you EVER laughed uncontrollably when you heard, "I taught I taw a Puddy-tat"--if you EVER felt forlorn when you heard our pal Porky stutter "Th-th-that's all, F-f-folks!" Stalling wrote the perfect music that we heard in "our subconscious" while we watched those "Looney Tunes" and "Merrie Melodies."
Just the titles of the various selections will put you in the right mood: "Gorilla My Dreams" and "I Got Plenty Of Mutton" and "Puss 'N' Booty" and "To Itch His Own" (Stalling's last score- 1958) to name just four.
As Hal Wilner writes in his introduction to Stalling and the CD, "It (the CD) contains some soundtracks by one of the greatest film composers/arrangers from some of the finest films ever made."
Buy this album and I dare you to play it just once. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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In 1990 Warner Bros. released, “The Carl Stalling Project: Music From Warner Bros. Cartoons 1936-1958” and the world rejoiced. Well perhaps that is a bit of an exaggeration but its safe to say that this long overdue tribute goes a long way in finally raising Stalling to his rightful position as one of the great American composers of the 20th century. This CD was an unlikely gift from Warner Bros. not because of Stalling’s lack of notoriety, on the contrary, Stalling has an ever-growing and loyal fan base It has more to do with the very nature of cartoon music itself. The rapid pace of animation with its constant bombardment of action, storm and stress, and story twists makes cartoon scores very unique in their conception and form. Stripping away the visual aspect of Carl Stalling’s work allows the audience a whole new perspective on Stalling genius. Stalling was a revolutionary in his use of rhythm. Every cue he ever wrote was a complex structure of timings, webbed together to create atmosphere that was pure comedic silliness. The format for which he wrote allowed him to break free from traditional musical form and convention and thus his music was unique to anything else that came before it. In the early days of Warner Bros., Stalling’s gift for timing materialized with his invention of the tick system, one which is still used by composers today to keep orchestra members synchronized with the picture. The beauty of this CD is that it allows one to immediately recognize the plethora of wondrous nuances that characterized Stalling’s style. While Carl drew from contemporaries including, Raymond Scott, Ellington and others, his voice was unmistakably different. His daring use of the orchestra is a prime example. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great edit job.
Published 15 days ago by Richard Paulson
5.0 out of 5 stars Way ahead of his time
Listening to this out of the context with the cartoons turns this collection of Carl Stalling's music into a 20th Century Avant-garde masterpiece. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jeff Knorek
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny cartoon music.
For anyone who remembers going to the movies and the obligatory cartoons and news reels. The cartoon music was half the fun. The audience would hum and sing out loud. Read more
Published 2 months ago by allen scott
4.0 out of 5 stars Good music
I love this Album and when mine got too scratched up to listen to I bought another and it was as good as always.
Published 4 months ago by Daniel Sylvester
5.0 out of 5 stars Cassette Has More Music Than the CD Release!
This is wonderful, raucous, seminal music, central to American (and world) pop culture.

Also note that the cassette release has one more track than the CD release. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mark Alfred
4.0 out of 5 stars Zip Poppa Whee!
Hilarious mile-a-minute turn-on-a-dime cartoon film music. Technical quality of the transcriptions from the moldy oldie masters is a little rough, with significant distortion on... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Dav Mar
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music and memories.
I grew up on Warner Brothers Cartoons. My early exposure to classical music, humor, art! Yeah, sad but true....and this word count is annoying.
Published 8 months ago by shopthefrontdoor
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Even though this is from a cassette and not a cd, it still is a gem of a title to have in ones cartoon library.
Published 17 months ago by toonrog99
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth it..
For those who remember the Loony Tunes / Bugs Bunny cartoons, this is a great stroll through memory lane. Read more
Published 21 months ago by MikeB
5.0 out of 5 stars Listen and Smile
There's little rhyme or reason to the track order of this disc, but, folks, this "Looney Tunes": whoever expected rhyme or reason from them? Read more
Published on May 22, 2011 by C. C. Black
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