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The south of France! His satin pants!

Good morning! Oh, don’t yawn at me like that. I have just the Monday video to perk you up.

Using classical music as a soundtrack to cartoons is a long and storied tradition, opera parodies doubly so. While it was far more prevalent in old shorts like Bugs Bunny or Disney bits, the tradition is not entirely dead today. There a few examples, but today I’d like to highlight a particular magical moment that my brother and I enjoyed so much in our Nickelodeon days. It’s from the Hey, Arnold! segment “What’s Opera, Arnold?” and I think you’ll agree that Bizet and Wagner together never made more sense.

About Jenn

Despite being the former digital marketing intern at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Jenn German does not like Mozart. Beethoven could've totally beaten him up. Also she has an arts management graduate degree from American University, but this changes nothing.


6 thoughts on “The south of France! His satin pants!


    Posted by ladyraelyn | January 25, 2010, 10:12 pm
    • haha, remember when O’Bryan would go “SPEAR MAGIC HELLLLMET!”?

      right now, though, my favorite part is “en guarde!” “CAFE AU LAIT!”

      Posted by Jenn | January 25, 2010, 10:26 pm
      • actually I don’t remember him saying that…although it doesn’t surprise me that he watched kids programming. more kids shows should spoof operas. i’m slightly ashamed to admit it, but i remember the Hey, Arnold lyrics better than the real ones for Carmen…and I always picture the toreador as Curly.

        Posted by ladyraelyn | January 26, 2010, 10:42 pm
    • dude, if you know ANY of the real lyrics, you’re way ahead of me.

      Posted by Jenn | January 26, 2010, 10:50 pm


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