Attention fans of Chuck Jones and WB cartoons: PS1, MoMA's annex in Brooklyn will air a program of Warner Bros. cartoon shorts today beginning at 1:30 PM. The program includes Jones's "Rabbit of Seville" and "Hare-Conditioned" along with cartoons by McKimson, Freleng, and Clampett. Click here for details at MoMA's website.
“Rabbit of Seville” 16 field pan cel art edition created from Chuck Jones’ original line drawing. (Click on image for special limited time offer.)
Today, the Seattle Opera Blog posted an article about Bel Canto Opera in which they said, “You can hear the Overture to Rossini’s Barber of Seville throughout the great Chuck Jones cartoon The Rabbit of Seville.”
The article is fascinating reading for anyone who enjoys opera, music, and cartoons (particularly cartoons where opera had such an important impact on the action). You may read the article by clicking here.
“The Rabbit of Seville–1950″ a Director’s Cut edition of 200 (hand-painted, gouache on 12 field acetate, 12.5″ x 10.5” unframed).
Taking a bow in theaters nationwide on December 16, 1950, the Chuck Jones cartoon “The Rabbit of Seville” is based upon the Rossini opera, “The Barber of Seville” which premiered in Rome on February 20, 1816. (The libretto of the opera, in turn, was based upon the 1775 novel “Le Barbier de Seville” by Beaumarchais.)
The cartoon, written by Michael Maltese and Chuck Jones, was animated by Phil Monroe, Ben Washam, Lloyd Vaughn, Ken Harris and Emery Watkins with background layouts by Robert Gribbroek and painted by Philip DeGuard.