Rhapsody in Rivets
|Rhapsody in Rivets|
The cartoon's title card
|Directed by||I. Freleng|
|Produced by||Leon Schlesinger|
|Story by||Michael Maltese|
|Music by||Carl Stalling|
|Animation by||Gil Turner|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
The Vitaphone Corporation
|December 6, 1941|
|8 min. (one reel)|
At a busy urban construction site in a world of anthropomorphic animals, an appreciative crowd of gawkers watches the foreman (a caricature of the conductor Leopold Stokowski) use the building plans as his score and conduct the workmen in Franz Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, a symphony of riveting, hammering, sawing, and more. Elevators, picks, shovels, and a steam shovel are instruments in music making and construction.
As the clock nears 5:00 PM, the crew works furiously, and the building rises around the clouds. With a flag planted at the top and the work completed, the foreman takes a bow. One of the workers, while leaving, slams the door shut behind him; due to this and the overly hurried construction, the building (labeled the "Umpire State") comes crashing down. The foreman attempts to attack the worker in retaliation, but three bricks hit him on the head for the last three notes, ending the rhapsody and the cartoon.
- LaserDisc - The Golden Age of Looney Tunes, Vol. 1, Side 6: Friz Freleng
- VHS - The Golden Age of Looney Tunes, Vol. 6: Friz Freleng
- DVD - Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Academy Awards Animation Collection, Disc 2
- Blu-Ray, DVD - Looney Tunes Platinum Collection: Volume 3, Disc 2
- "Rhapsody in Rivets" is the first Warner Bros. cartoon to feature the "Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2" by Franz Liszt.
- The short has no dialogue.
- The cartoon was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 1942 alongside another Warner Bros. production by Freleng, "Hiawatha's Rabbit Hunt". Both lost to Walt Disney's "Lend a Paw".
- The cartoon was released a day just before the attack on Pearl Harbor (December 7, 1941).
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