Family Flicks Film Series: Classical Cartoons

Family Flicks Film Series: Classical Cartoons

Four animated shorts offer an entertaining introduction to classical music by composers Sergei Prokofiev, Richard Wagner, Gioachino Rossini, and Franz Liszt.

What’s Opera Doc?
Wagner’s opera Der Ring des Nibelungen gets the classic Looney Tunes treatment, with Bugs Bunny as Brunhilde and Elmer Fudd playing Siegfried. (1957, 35mm, color, 7 min. DIR: Chuck Jones. SCR: Michael Maltese)

Rabbit of Seville
The Hollywood Bowl features prominently in the operatic mayhem that ensues after Elmer Fudd chases Bugs Bunny backstage during a performance of Rossini's opera in which they both end up with starring roles. (1950, 35mm, color, 7 min. DIR: Chuck Jones. SCR: Michael Maltese)

Rhapsody Rabbit
Bugs Bunny is in a classical mood, trying to perform Franz Liszt's Second Hungarian Rhapsody were it not for the mouse scampering through his grand piano. (1946, 35mm, color, 7 min. DIR: Friz Freling. SCR: Ted Pierce, Michael Maltese)

Peter and the Wolf
Director Suzie Templeton’s Academy Award-winning stop-motion adaptation brings a dark, dreamy edge to the magic and wonder of Sergei Prokofiev’s timeless symphony for children. After playing in the woods with his friends, Duck, Cat and Bird, the young Peter is confronted by a menacing wolf with each animal represented by the sound of different musical instrument. Featuring a new recording of Prokofiev’s symphony by the Philharmonia Orchestra, Templeton’s enthralling film offers a unique way to introduce children to classic music. (35mm, color, 32 min. 2006, DIR/SCR: Suzie Templeton)


Location: Billy Wilder Theater
Ticketing: Tickets are required and available at the Box Office one hour before the program. General admission tickets are available one per person on a first come, first served basis following member ticketing. Early arrival is recommended.
Member Benefit: Members receive priority ticketing (until 15 minutes before the program) by skipping the general admission line and can choose their seats, subject to availability.
Parking:  Under the museum, $6 flat rate on weekends. Cash only. 

Food and drink may not be carried into the Billy Wilder Theater. Read our food, bag check, and photo policies.

Public programs are made possible, in part, by a major gift from Ann and Jerry Moss.

Additional support is provided by Bronya and Andrew Galef, Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelly, an anonymous donor, the Hammer Programs Committee, and Susan and Leonard Nimoy.