For the two adults in our house, this music brings back some rowdy cartoon cat and mouse tv memories from childhood. For the two kids in our house, it’s an orchestra playing energetic, jazzy music. And happily it’s super entertaining, energetic, jazzy music with slide whistles, hootin’, and hollerin’ to boot.
This is the John Wilson Orchestra playing an arrangement of composer Scott Bradley's ’40s and ’50s Tom and Jerry cartoon music. It was recorded for the 2013 BBC Proms in London’s Royal Albert Hall.
And if you’re looking for a Tom and Jerry episode to provide some context for this video, here’s an old favorite from 1952: The Two Mouseketeers.
In the archives: more orchestras.
via Cartoon Brew.
The Old Mill, a Walt Disney Silly Symphonies cartoon from 1937.
Like many of the later Silly Symphonies, The Old Mill was a testing-ground for advanced animation techniques. Marking the first use of Disney’s multiplane camera, the film also incorporates realistic depictions of animal behavior, complex lighting and color effects, depictions of rain, wind, lightning, ripples, splashes and reflections, three-dimensional rotation of detailed objects, and the use of timing to produce specific dramatic and emotional effects. All of the lessons learned from making The Old Mill would subsequently be incorporated into Disney’s feature-length animated films, especially 1937’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.