Almost zero details, help me find this video
September 15, 2011 5:05 AM   Subscribe

I'm trying to find an old Disney (?) short film, featuring a Cow conducting on an orchestra, to the music of Strauss, or Dvořák; I'm not that sure. Any ideas whatsoever?
posted by lipsum to Media & Arts (10 answers total)
The Band Concert featuring Clarabelle Cow?
posted by GeckoDundee at 5:15 AM on September 15, 2011

@GeokoDundee: Thanks, but no. Meanwhile I figured out the music source: Brahms' Hungarian Dance.
posted by lipsum at 5:20 AM on September 15, 2011

Black and white, or color?
posted by MonkeyToes at 6:58 AM on September 15, 2011

That music was featured in Looney Tunes - Pigs in a Polka. Sorry for lack of link, im on my phone, but the toon is on YouTube.
posted by mrsshotglass at 8:24 AM on September 15, 2011

Pigs in a Polka has Hungarian Dance, but without the cow conductor. I'm not finding any other references to Brahms' Hungarian Dance in animation or cartoons.
posted by filthy light thief at 9:02 AM on September 15, 2011

Clarabelle Cow Filmography. I had a look through "The Band Concert" (video)--she plays rather than conducts--but maybe something on that list will stir your memory.
posted by MonkeyToes at 9:10 AM on September 15, 2011

Are you sure it's a cow and not a whale singing opera?
posted by These Birds of a Feather at 10:25 AM on September 15, 2011 [1 favorite]

If it was Disney, you're probably looking for one of their Silly Symphonies. If it was something else, it was probably a Looney Toon, which will be harder just because there were more of them. (Wikipedia has a good filmography though).

Can you remember the style of the animation enough to compare it to something else you've seen, or to determine the general era when it was made? (Pre-1960?) Did it "feature" a cow conducting an orchestra in that that's the main thing you remember from it, or in that that was the main emphasis of the story?

"Pigs in a Polka" is also the only thing I can come up with. Unfortunately, the "animal conductor" was a pretty common motif in 1930s/40s cartoons...
posted by bubukaba at 10:43 AM on September 15, 2011

Have you looked at the Classical Baby series? I can't recall if there's a short which has this, but it seems like it may well have. This short has a cow singing Puccini, which isn't exactly what you're looking for. Here are more from the series.

I personally love this series and can watch it over and over and over (and have done). The art series is the best. Here's a sample.
posted by Capri at 4:48 PM on September 15, 2011

Maybe The Opry House? Not exactly what you're looking for- the orchestra is conducted by a horse, and they're playing the singing orange song* from Carmen. It is Disney, though.

*sorry, this is how I know that tune.
posted by oneirodynia at 7:52 PM on September 15, 2011

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