The Carl Stalling Project: Music From Warner Bros. Cartoons, 1936-1958 Soundtrack
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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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Who would have thought that listening to music clips from nostalgic cartoons could be so inspiring. I used several of the audio clips as a background for my family videos and old... Read morePublished 21 days ago by Larry Cottrell
Just fantastic. The tunes run through your head in a good way. Just a great recording by a great composer and arranger. 5 stars.Published 2 months ago by ArtF2000
Purchased this for a class on film music. it is good to have this collection.Published 2 months ago by karengersh
Anyone who is a fan of the classic Warner Bros. cartoons will love this album. It is a best of Carl Stalling's compositions and the music is as hilarious as Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd,... Read morePublished 12 months ago by David Cartwright