STRAUSS FOR KIDS: CLASSICAL MUSIC & CARTOONS
Johann Strauss I is probably one of the most famous Austrian composers. His waltzes are a great place to start when it comes to choosing classical music tracks for kids to listen to.
Research has proven that classical music has numerous positive effects on children’s development and health. Also, classical music sets a relaxed and calm environment and music is key for understanding other cultures.
Here are 3 cartoons suggestions that present Strauss’ music and Austrian music culture in a fun way for kids.
MERRIE MELODIES: A CORNY CONCERTO.
Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, Porky Pig and what appears to be a young Daffy Duck in a classic 1943 Merrie Melodies cartoon, now in public domain.
A parody of Disney’s Fantasia, featuring Johann Strauss’ Tales from the Vienna Woods and The Blue Danube. Directed by Bob Clampett:
THE BLUE DANUBE
Probably Strauss’ most popular waltz, composed in 1866. The Blue Danube is the common English title of “An der schönen blauen Donau” (German for “By the beautiful Blue Danube”). It is also one of my favorite pieces, as I met my husband in Vienna in a waltz class… but that’s another story!
This wonderful MGM cartoon, directed by Hugh Harman, presents beautifully this masterpiece.