My favorite cartoon from back in the day has got to be The Rabbit of Seville. It is based on an excerpt from Rossini’s The Marriage of Figaro called The Barber of Seville. The cartoon sees Elmer Fudd chase Bugs Bunny into a theater where a crowd is seated to watch The Barber of Seville. They find themselves on stage and while Elmer struggles to shoot the cwazy wabbit, Bugs goes about his business of harrowing Elmer as much as possible. In no other Bugs Bunny cartoon have I ever seen Elmer harassed as much as in this one. The best scene has to be where he gets Elmer into a barber’s chair and then proceeds to treat Elmer to a head massage and full facial. The union of cartoon and music in this sequence is magnificent and unforgettable. Cartoons like this and Tom and Jerry were probably the first exposure I ever received to Jazz and Classical music. And the jazz music in some of those Tom and Jerry cartoons is just fucking awesome. The artists who put these pieces together were equally fantastic. There is another scene in The Rabbit of Seville that is set against the fast paced violin drills in Rossini’s overture where Elmer comes at Bugs with a small axe, then Bugs reciprocates with a larger axe, then Elmer with a bow and arrow, Bugs with a gun, Elmer with a cannon, and so on until the encounter culminates in a large…… Wedding! Bugs Bunny Proposes to Elemer Fudd and the 2 of them get married, Elmer wearing a beautiful white dress. This cartoon is really old and might possibly be the first instance where a gay marriage was televised. But no one thought anything of the fact that both of the characters were males and not to mention one of them was an animal. Things were so simple and less confusing back in the day. If that cartoon was released now there could be uproar from gay activists saying that Bugs tortures Elmer because he is a homosexual. The animal protection board would go on and on about how Elmer abuses the rabbit and promotes hunting. Parents would argue that this cartoon simply advocates bestiality and homosexuality, and then the homos will say they are being implicated as animal fuckers, and so the whole carnival never ends.
You can download the entire cartoon of ‘The Rabbit of Seville’ below. The file is about 75MB but worth the effort if you got decent speeds. You can also download Rossini’s overture for ‘The Barber of Seville’ which on its own is also an awesome piece of music as well.