Classical Music Monday

Happy Monday!  And Happy Columbus Day, although apparently he was a terrible person.

Just a real quick post today, highlighting Italian animator Bruno Bozzetto.

Bozzetto has had quite a career, directing a number of shorts, as well as 3 feature films starring his popular character, Signor Rossi.  More recently he’s turned to Flash cartoons, which I’m not as big a fan of (but to each their own).

Where does the Classical Music come in, you ask?

Just you wait, you lucky reader.

In my opinion, Bozzetto’s greatest work is the musical film Allegro Non Troppo (1971), in which classical pieces are accompanied by animation.  In fact, the film was intended as a parody to Disney’s Fantasia.

The film is composed (HAH!) of six animated segments.

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Bruno Bozzetto, Valse Triste from Allegro Non Troppo (1976)

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Bruno Bozzetto, Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune from Allegro Non Troppo (1976)

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Bruno Bozzetto, Bolero from Allegro Non Troppo (1976)

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Bruno Bozzetto, Bolero from Allegro Non Troppo (1976)

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Bruno Bozzetto, Valse Triste from Allegro Non Troppo (1976)

The best of the bunch is Bolero, by a mile.  It’s a jaunt on the wild side, to the tune of Maurice Ravel’s invigorating work of the same name.  Here’s a link to the segment.  Enjoy!

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