Musical Moments from Chopin

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Musical Moments with Chopin
Musical Miniatures Andy Panda series
Directed by Dick Lundy
Produced by Walter Lantz
Music by Frédéric Chopin
Animation by Laverne Harding, Les Kline
Backgrounds by Fred Brunish
Studio Walter Lantz Productions
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) February 25, 1946
Color process Technicolor
Running time 8 minutes
Language English

Musical Moments from Chopin or Chopin's Musical Moments[1] is a 1946 Academy Award-nominated Andy Panda cartoon, co-starring Woody Woodpecker. It features music by Frédéric Chopin and was the second Dick Lundy piece to be nominated for an Academy Award. Lundy directed all of Walter Lantz' classical music cartoon series.[2]


This clip starts with Andy Panda performing a Chopin polonaise on stage. As he does so, Woody Woodpecker wanders out and starts polishing the piano, and seems impressed by Andy's playing. Woody then plays along with Andy on following songs, either on the same or another grand piano, with increasing cut-aways to the animal audience and their own antics.

This film, part of the Musical Miniatures series, was nominated for an Academy Award for Short Subjects, Cartoons for 1946.[1]

Cultural references[edit]

The Chopin music used throughout the film includes:

Television show[edit]

In 1958, the television show The Woody Woodpecker Show premiered, and continued on the air in various forms for the next four decades. Episode 18 of its first season included Musical Moments from Chopin along with a 1948 short called Wacky Weed, and a making-of involving Walter Lantz and storyboarding.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Results displayed by award category". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved June 5, 2015. 
  2. ^ Lenburg, Jeff (2006). Who's who in Animated Cartoons: An International Guide to Film & Television. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 217. ISBN 155783671X. Retrieved June 5, 2015.  This source incorrectly gives 1947 as the date of the film.
  3. ^ "Wacky Weed/ Musical Moments From Chopin/A Moment With Walter Lantz/Beach Nut". Retrieved June 5, 2015. 

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