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Monday, January 21, 2008

Johann Mouse

This is my favorite Tom and Jerry cartoon! And it's not hard to see why. This Academy Award winner employs good animation from the Hannah-Barbera department at MGM, wonderful voice acting from Hans Conried, and, of course, the music. The music featured in this short is from my favorite classical composer, the great Johann Strauss II of Vienna. The songs featurred are, in order:

-Wiener Blut Walzer (Vienna Blood Waltz), Op. 354
-Der Kaiser Walzer (The Emperor Waltz), Op. 437
-Tritsch-Tratsch (Chit-Chat) Polka, Op. 214
-An Der Schönen, Blauen Donau (On the Beautiful, Blue Danube), Op. 314
-Perpetuum Mobile, "Musikalischer Scherz" (Perpetual Motion, "Musical Joke"), Op. 257
-Wein, Weib Und Gesang (Wine, Women and Song), Op. 333

But enough of my technical mumbo-jumbo. Here's the 'toon.

Tom and Jerry - Johann Mouse (1952)
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Mowgliii said...

Hey firstly I'm glad somebody is showing appreciation for this awesome merging of cartoon with music. Now I notice that your list of music for this cartoon has all the orchestral pieces included, however there is one short excerpt of a piano solo piece just as they arrive to play for the emperor and I have struggled for a long time to find out what it is called so that I can track down the music and learn it!! Pleeeease could you either post and let me know what it is called or let me know where you found the information for this cartoon so that I may track down the name of this piano piece.


Hegalen said...

Mowgliii, I guess the song you are looking for is Wein, Weib Und Gesang.