name of classic animated short - shows sound vibrations

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Joined: 01/12/2004

I have this vague memory of an animation I saw back in the 70s or very
early 80s - but it seems like it was something that was created in more
of the 40s or 50s.

It's an animation that is very entertaining (the style is very like
warner bros) and it shows visual interpretations of sound and music. It
starts with showing frequency / vibrations with a simple line that moves
according to sound. I also seem to remember it showing color
associations with different music moods as well.

Anyone have any clue what I'm talking about here? I'd like to find it
and show it to my son's class.


Joined: 02/12/2009

Is this what you're thinking of, from Fantasia, "Meet the Soundtrack" after intermission?

Quote:...a brief Meet the Soundtrack sequence which gives audiences a stylized example of how sound is rendered as waveforms to record the music for Fantasia. The sequence features animation by effects animator Joshua Meador and his team, who give the soundtrack (initially a squiggly line which changes into various shapes based upon the individual sounds played on the soundtrack) a distinct personality.

Or perhaps you're thinking of the beginning of Fantasia, the abstract interpretation of Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor?

It's only on the unedited version (don't bother with the three-DVD re-release, get the original):


"The High Note" (1960), Directed by Chuck Jones for Warner Brothers. Nominated for an Academy Award for best cartoon short. A highly stylized fable revolving around an alcoholic musical note:

..."High Note" was a prototypical film for Jones's later MGM film "The Dot And The Line" (1965) which did finally win him the Oscar. But... it isn't about music:

Other great musical shorts:

"What's Opera Doc?"'s_Opera,_Doc/576/

"Rabbit of Seville"

Long-Haired Hare

A Corny Concerto

Now Hear This (1963)

Many of these are available on the essential Looney Tunes - Golden Collection, volumes 1-5 (so far):

Joined: 01/12/2004

Hurrah!! That's it!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you.

btw. I ran across this one on youtube during my search. It was another that was stuck back deep in my subconscious . . .

Donald in Mathmagic Land (parts 1 & 2)

Thanks for all your research and legwork! I went with showing the Rhapsody in Blue from Fantasia 2000 for the lesson with the class today, but I'm going to show the others for future lessons.


Joined: 01/12/2004

Plus "the three little bops" which has always been one of my favorites