Friday, April 10, 2015

Your Mental Sorbet: Three Little Bops Plus One

Here is another "Mental Sorbet" little spark of madness that we could use to momentarily forget about those things that leave a bad taste in our mouths. 

Three Little Bops is a 1957 Looney Tunes cartoon directed by Friz Freleng, with voices by Stan Freberg and music by jazzcomposer/trumpeter Shorty Rogers. A funny animal takeoff on The Three Little Pigs, told as a hip, jazzy musical

Instrument credits are believed to be:
  • Vocals - Stan Freberg (credited on the short)
  • Saxophone - Pepper Adams (or possibly Jimmy Giuffre)
  • Trumpet/flugelhorn - Shorty Rogers (credited on the short)
  • Piano - Pete Jolly
  • Guitar - Barney Kessel
  • Bass - Red Callender (or possibly Red Mitchell)
  • Drums - Stan Levey (or possibly Shelly Manne)
This is the only Warner Brothers cartoon to not feature Mel Blanc doing voice characterizations during the period of Blanc's exclusive contract with the studio. It is also one of only three from that time frame that gives a voice credit to anyone other than Blanc (the others were The Mouse that Jack Built, which credits the cast of The Jack Benny Program, of which Blanc was a cast member and thus was credited accordingly, and The Unmentionables, which credits Blanc and Ralph James). Although Freberg, among others, had contributed voices to Warner Brothers cartoons during this time, none of them were credited.
And now as a cool tribute:
Macleod College Students perform the soundtrack to this cartoon at the 2011 Macleod goes to the Movies Concert

R.I.P Stan Freberg
Stay Tuned 

Tony Figueroa
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