“What’s Opera, Doc?” is, arguably, the greates…

“What’s Opera, Doc?” is, arguably, the greatest short cartoon ever made. Released in theaters on July 6, 1957, directed by Chuck Jones; story by Michael Maltese; Animation by Ken Harris, Richard Thompson, and Abe Levitow; Effects animation by Harry Love; Layouts by Maurice Noble; Backgrounds by Philip DeGuard; Film Editor, Treg Brown; Voice characterization by Mel Blanc; Musical Direction by Milt Franklyn; Song “Return My Love” lyrics by Michael Maltese. 

From the top: Layout drawing by Chuck Jones; frame of the film; photo of Chuck Jones (l) and Michael Maltese, 1954; photo caption; Chuck Jones’s production list of opera music for the “What’s Opera, Doc?” cartoon.

P.S. Hat tip to Jerry Beck and Will Friedwald for their indispensable “”Looney Tunes & Merrie Melodies: A Complete Illustrated Guide to the Warner Bros. Cartoons” without which I would be lost.