Carl W Stalling

Composer, Music arranger, Musical director
Histories of music in the cinema often speak of important composers like Prokofiev and Gershwin, who wrote a handful of landmark scores and songs. The great song composers like Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and Jerome Kern ... Read more »
Born: 11/30/1887 in Missouri, USA

Filmography

Music (40)

Super 8 2011 (Movie)

("High Diving Hare") (Song)

The Women 2008 (Movie)

("Rabbit Fire") (Song)

Ghost Rider 2007 (Movie)

("Skeleton Dance (Score)") (Song)

No Reservations 2007 (Movie)

("Coyote") (Music Producer)

No Reservations 2007 (Movie)

("Die Gotterdammerung") (Music Arranger)

The Bugs Bunny and Tweety Show 1985 - 2000 (TV Show)

Music

Duck Amuck 1999 (Movie)

musical direction (Music)

Space Jam 1996 (Movie)

("What's Up Doc") (Song)

Last Action Hero 1993 (Movie)

songs("Speedy" "Bird Seed") (Song)

Bugs Bunny's Creature Features 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Music

Punch & Judy Get Divorced 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Music

What's Up, Doc?: A Salute to Bugs Bunny 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Music

Daffy Duck's Quackbusters 1988 (Movie)

(Music)

Night of the Living Duck 1987 (Movie)

(Music)

Porky Pig in Hollywood 1986 (Movie)

(Music)

The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Show 1975 - 1985 (TV Show)

Music

Daffy Duck's Thanks-For-Giving Special 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Music

Uncensored Cartoons 1980 (Movie)

music director (Music)

Bugs Bunny's Valentine 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Music

Bugs Bunny in Space 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Music

Sylvester and Tweety 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Music

The Bugs Bunny Easter Special 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Music

The Bugs Bunny Show 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Music

The Road Runner Show 1967 - 1972 (TV Show)

Music

How Bugs Bunny Won the West (TV Show)

Music

Steamboat Willie (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

The Haunted House (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

The Horn Blows at Midnight (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Biography

Histories of music in the cinema often speak of important composers like Prokofiev and Gershwin, who wrote a handful of landmark scores and songs. The great song composers like Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and Jerome Kern are studied and appreciated, and slowly the names of original score composers like Franz Waxman, Miklos Rosza, Alfred Newman and Bernard Herrmann, who worked primarily in Hollywood, are becoming better known as well. Among the ranks of the latter, Carl W Stalling occupies a paradoxical place. With animated cartoon shorts finally having won acceptance both as art and as important artifacts of mass culture, names such as Stalling's are familiar to many. But again, the attention given has been partial, for it is the animation director who has been feted foremost. And yet, Stalling merits pride of place as the most important composer and music arranger in the history of animated cinema.

Relationships

Gladys Stalling

Wife
survived him

Milestones

1958

Retired from Warner Brothers

1936

Began affiliation with Warner Brothers after the Iwerks studio closed and was absorbed by Leon Schlesinger's unit at Warners

1930

Left Disney when the producer and his key animator Ub Iwerks had a falling out; Stalling accepted a job offer in New York which fell through; later worked on "Aesop's Fables"

1930

Joined Ub Iwerks to score "Flip the Frog"

1928

Scored second and third Mickey Mouse cartoons, "Gallopin' Gaucho" and "Plane Crazy"

1904

Began work in the film industry as a piano player in early moviehouses, playing music between reels of different short films

Became orchestra leader and theater organist at the Isis Theater in Kansas City, MO; also produced a number of short singalong films shown as part of silent film programs at major theaters

Met Walt Disney while conducting orchestra in Kansas City

Suggested to Disney the idea that music should suggest the animated image rather than merely support it; led to the development of the famous "Silly Symphony" series

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