Jazz Critic Kevin Whitehead reviews a cd featuring Carl Stalling's cartoon music. From 1936 to 1958 Stalling composed music for Warner Brother's cartoons including: Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and the Road Runner. The title is "The Carl Stalling Project, Vol. 2, Warner Bros."
The chairman of The Walt Disney Studios previously served as president of production for Paramount Pictures. Since Katzenberg has been at Disney, the studio has produced hits such as "Down and Out in Beverly Hills," "Dick Tracy," and "Pretty Woman." Disney's latest release is "Aladdin," an animated musical fantasy starring Robin Williams that promises to follow the box-office success of "The Little Mermaid" and "Beauty and the Beast."
Composer Alan Menken. With his partner, the late lyricist Howard Ashman, Menken wrote the music for the Disney movies "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Little Mermaid." The pair also collaborated on the Broadway musical "Little Shop of Horrors." (Interview by Marty Moss-Coane).
Film critic Stephen Schiff says Disney thought of the animated classic as a high-brow work of art. Audiences disagreed -- and so does Schiff. The film works best when it doesn't take itself so seriously.