A Corny Concerto (1943)
Article 5610 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Robert Clampett
Featuring the voices of Arthur Q. Bryan and Bea Benaderet
What it is: Parody of FANTASIA
Conductor Elmer Fudd introduces cartoons made to two famous classical pieces.
Before deciding whether to review a cartoon, I always double check to see if it’s listed in Walt Lee’s “Reference Guide to Fantastic Films”; if it’s listed, I definitely review, and if it’s not listed, I make a judgment call. In this case, I’m reviewing it because it’s listed; had I made a judgment call, I wouldn’t have reviewed. That’s because the fantastic content seems to be no greater than that of your average cartoon. In fact, it might be even less, given there are no talking animals here, only anthropomorphic ones and ones holding up signs. Still, I did notice an angel shows up at one point, and I suppose a buzzard angel isn’t something you see every day. As for the cartoon itself, it’s pretty much a parody of FANTASIA done in the classic Warner Brothers style; the first half, done to “Tales of the Vienna Woods” has Porky hunting Bugs, and the second half, done to “The Blue Danube”, is something of an “ugly duckling” variation. The bigger laughs are in the first half, though my favorite gag is in the second, when the little black duck revives the mother swan who has fainted in the river.