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19 4, 9:11pm
I was talking to my cousin on the phone about our conversations here about cartoons and classical music, and she reminded me of another Bugs Bunny cartoon called "Long-Haired Hare", where an operatic baritone, being disturbed by Bugs Bunny singing ragtime songs outside his home while he's trying to practice the "Largo al Factotum" from
The Barber of Seville
makes the mistake of antagonizing Bugs
There's one in-joke that might be worth explaining: When Bugs arrives at the singer's Hollywood Bowl concert in a tuxedo top and a hairpiece, and everyone starts whispering: "Leopold! Leopold!", the joke is that everyone thinks he's the orchestral conductor Leopold Stokowski. At the time this cartoon was made (1949), Stokowski was one of the most recognizable figures in classical music.
the conductor turns over the podium to "Leopold" and lets him get his revenge!
Stokowski was famous for his energetic style of conducting, and for not using a baton (the first thing "Leopold" does is break the conductor's baton and throw it away).
BTW, this one was directed by Chuck Jones, who also did "What's Opera, Doc?" and "Rabbit of Seville", and he also did all the early Roadrunner and Coyote cartoons.
I'm not sure if there's a joke somewhere in his naming the singer "Giovanni Jones", but I wouldn't put it past him.