Tuesday, July 10, 2007

What's Opera, Doc -- 50 years later

Apparently it's the 50th anniversary of Chuck Jones' classic short, "What's Opera, Doc" and the Toronto Star has posted an article to commemorate the occasion. According to Wikipedia, the cartoon was initially released on June 6, 1957. There's nothing in the article you probably didn't already know, but it's still a nicely written reminder to the masses that yes, animation did exist before computers.

The key was placing it between two Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner cartoons in the production schedule. Formulaic by design, those ones could be done fast and cheap. Knock off the Coyote films ahead of schedule and under budget, reallocate the time and money to "What's Opera, Doc?" so the overall budgets remained intact, and voila! A masterpiece created right under the noses of studio executives who would have vetoed the idea long before Elmer Fudd could have raised his spear and donned his magic helmet.

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