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A Symposium on Popular Songs (1962)

Professor Ludwig von Drake plays a variety of popular music, all of which he wrote. First, ragtime: the Rutabaga Rag, with vegetables dancing in stop-motion. Next, the Charleston, with ... See full summary »

Director:

Bill Justice

Writer:

Xavier Atencio (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Paul Frees ... Ludwig Von Drake / Al Jolson (voice)
Gloria Wood Gloria Wood ... The Andrews Sisters singing The Boogie Woogie Bakery Man / Helen Kane (voice)
Billy Storm Billy Storm ... Man Singing Puppy Love Is Here to Stay (voice)
Skip Farrell Skip Farrell ... Bing Crosby (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ray Bauduc ... Musician-Percussion
Danny Best Danny Best ... Musician-Trumpet and Cornet
Nick Fatool Nick Fatool ... Musician-Percussion
Justin Gordon Justin Gordon ... Musician-Tenor Sax
Manny Klein Manny Klein ... Musician-Trumpet
Abe Lincoln Abe Lincoln ... Musician-Trombone
Matty Matlock Matty Matlock ... Musician-Clarinet
Eddie Miller ... Musician-Tenor Sax
Miff Mole Miff Mole ... Musician-Trombone
Allan Reuss Allan Reuss ... Musician-Banjo and Guitar
Willie Schwartz Willie Schwartz ... Musician-Tenor Sax
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Storyline

Professor Ludwig von Drake plays a variety of popular music, all of which he wrote. First, ragtime: the Rutabaga Rag, with vegetables dancing in stop-motion. Next, the Charleston, with cut-out animation of a singer and dancers. Dixieland and more cut-out animation; the crooner/love ballad; 50's doo-wop; and finally, rockabilly. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Taglines:

A NEW TWIST ON THE OLD "RAGTIME" (original print ad-all caps) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 December 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Symposium de chants populaires See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The singers caricatured in this short are: Helen Kane (1920s jazz), Harry Richman (1930s jazz), Bing Crosby (romantic ballad), The Andrews Sisters (boogie woogie), and Paul Anka (rock 'n' roll). See more »

Quotes

Ludwig Von Drake: Around the turn of the century, I was a starving musician, and I was down to my last rutabaga. And anybody knows what that means: I was dressed in rags all the time.
[sobs]
Ludwig Von Drake: Even my clothes was in rags. And I said to myself, "That's it! I will call my new syncopation... ragtime!"
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Connections

Featured in The Mouse Factory: Women's Lib (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Blue For You (Boo Boo Boo Boo Boo)
Written by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Performed by Skip Farrell
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This would have been helped greatly by less Ludwig and more music.
29 August 2001 | by llltdesqSee all my reviews

This cartoon was nominated for an Oscar and the only reason that I can see is because it was released by Disney. It's at least 2-5 minutes too long, has not nearly enough music and too much Ludwig von Drake (a character I normally like, but here, for some reason, he's like fingernails on a chalkboard). Disney's done much better work in the same vein, like Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom. Here, Drake's commentary is unfunny and excessive. Disney runs this during Vault Disney occasionally-not too often, though. Has it's moments. Probably worth seeing if you like Disney.


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