Music in Cartoons

Posted: May 25, 2020

Did you ever take note of the music used in the background of your favorite tv shows and movies? This week we are looking at how music brings our shows and movies to life, an activity that some of our classes enjoyed this year. This activity invites you to make your own cartoon or comic strip using music found on a great “Classics for Kids” site.

First, watch these three videos of cartoons to see how music is used:

  • Bugs Bunny and Barber of Seville

  • Tom and Jerry - In Concert Part 3

  • Looney Tunes Classic | Rhapsody Rabbit

Notice how music was used to add effect and create mood in the cartoon.  Think about the elements such as duration (how fast or slow it is), pitch (high sounds and low sounds), dynamics (how loud or soft the music is), and timbre (the sounds the instruments make). 

Next, click on the Classics for Kids link below:

Find a music selection that you like and create a cartoon that will go with it.  The cartoon could be created using pictures you draw or cut out of magazines, a flip book, a comic strip, stop animation, or another multi-media form. 

Next time, take note how music is used in the movies and tv shows you watch!

Have a great week!