Magical Maestro

Magical Maestro ★★★★★

An absolute masterpiece and my favorite Tex Avery cartoon. Those who feign offense at old cartoons that make any play on ethnic or cultural signifiers conveniently forget that the whole premise of a cartoon like this is a dog singing opera. Equality is found under the spell of magic stereotyping. But beyond all that is the ratatat barrage of gags that build into a crescendo of chaos. The way the rabbits keep popping up; the Dadaist attack on class and culture (the opera patron happens to have an anvil in his box seat); the hair in the gate. It is all pitch-perfect. This one shreds me every time.