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|Also Known As:||Died:||November 29, 1972|
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|Birth Place:||Missouri, USA||Profession:||Music ...|
"He was a strange little man, but probably the most innovative musician who ever worked in animation. He invented the "tick" track, which is used by everybody. He was the one who did the original music for "Skeleton Dance" (1929) when he was at Disney before coming to Warner Brothers. He was a brilliant musician. But the quickest way for him to write a musical score--and he did one six-minute cartoon a week--was simply to look up some music that had the proper name. If there was a lady dressed in red, he'd always play "The Lady in Red". If somebody went into a cave, he'd play "Fingal's Cave". If we were doing anything about eating, he'd do "A Cup of Coffee, a Sandwich and You". I had a bee one time, and my God if he didn't go and find a piece of music written in 1906 or something called "I'm a Busy Little Bumble Bee". --Animation director Chuck Jones
Question: "Was there any problem with the rights to these things?"
Jones: "The original purpose of Merrie Melodies was to plug Warner Brothers songs. They owned four or five big music companies, so if he couldn't find music there, Stalling would find it in public domain. Stalling was good at writing his own music, but he seldom did."
--The above from "Chuck Jones Interviewed" by Joe Adamson, in "The American Animated Cartoon", edited by Gerald Peary and Danny Peary (NY: E.P. Dutton, 1980)
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