363. High Note – Chuck Jones

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SUMMARY: A drunken note on a stave threatens to ruin a piece of music for all the other notes.

WHY IT’S HERE: Director and animation god Chuck Jones kept innovating to the last. While most of the Warner Bros. directors were, by this time, sinking into predictable, lower quality work, Jones’s unit were still turning out really creative, unusual shorts. ‘High Note’ follows a group of musical notes as they set up their stave and take their places for a performance of ‘The Blue Danube’. But one wayward note has gone off to get drunk. The subsequent attempts to get the inebriated note back in his place features incredible transformations of recognisable musical symbols into various props and characters. It’s a wonderful piece of work.

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