Synopsis by Judd Blaise
Two pieces of classical music by Johann Strauss form the background for A Corny Concerto, a two-part animated short from director Robert Clampett. Elmer Fudd plays the role of orchestra conductor, attempting to provide proper introductions to the different works while struggling with his rapidly disintegrating tuxedo. The first part, "Tales from the Vienna Woods," features Bugs Bunny and -- in Elmer's usual hunter role -- Porky Pig. Bugs easily outwits Porky and his hunting dog, but all three wind up on the wrong end of Porky's shotgun, thanks to an irate squirrel. Throughout the short, all the characters occasionally lapse into balletic movements, and Bugs even briefly dons a tutu. The cartoon's second segment is set to the strains of the "Blue Danube," and centers around a duckling -- who bears a striking resemblance to a young Daffy -- who attempts to join a family of swans, but is continually rebuffed by the swan mother. Much of the waltz is actually sung by the swans; when the young duck joins in, his loud, off-key quacks give him away. However, when a vulture steals the young swans, it's up to the ugly duckling to come to the rescue.
conductor [music], orchestra, swan, hunting, rescue