Music videos and their antecedants

by enriquemadera | created - 5 months ago | updated - 2 days ago | Public

Music videos... from short theatrical musical cartoons and live action musical short subjects to 'Screen Songs', "follow the bouncing ball" and other sing-along shorts to Scopitones and other video juke box shorts to promotional short films and videos, etc.

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1. What's Opera, Doc? (1957)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Elmer Fudd is again hunting rabbits - only this time it's an opera. Wagner's Siegfried with Elmer as the titular hero and Bugs as Brunnhilde. They sing, they dance, they eat the scenery.

Director: Chuck Jones | Stars: Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan

Votes: 9,372

2. Minnie the Moocher (1932)

Passed | 8 min | Animation, Short, Family

Betty Boop and Bimbo run away from home, but that night they are scared by a chorus of ghosts singing the title song.

Directors: Dave Fleischer, Willard Bowsky | Stars: Cab Calloway and His Cotton Club Orchestra, Cab Calloway, Billy Murray, Mae Questel

Votes: 1,455

3. Red Hot Riding Hood (1943)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Comedy, Short

The characters of the traditional fairy tale demand a new approach to the story as a sexy urban comedy with Red as a nightclub singer.

Director: Tex Avery | Stars: Sara Berner, Daws Butler, June Foray, Frank Graham

Votes: 2,327

4. One Froggy Evening (1955)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

A man futilely struggles to make his fortune with a frog that sings and dances, but only when it is alone with the owner.

Director: Chuck Jones | Star: William Roberts

Votes: 5,309

5. Snow-White (1933)

7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Trouble starts when the queen's magic mirror says Betty Boop is fairest. Cab Calloway sings "St. James Infirmary Blues."

Directors: Dave Fleischer, Roland Crandall | Stars: Cab Calloway, Billy Murray, Mae Questel

Votes: 1,789

6. Swing Shift Cinderella (1945)

Passed | 8 min | Animation, Comedy, Short

Bored with chasing Red Riding Hood, the Wolf decides to go after Cinderella, but her fairy godmother takes a shine to him instead - and has an arsenal of magical powers to help achieve her ends.

Director: Tex Avery | Stars: Sara Berner, Frank Graham, Imogene Lynn

Votes: 698

7. Rabbit of Seville (1950)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Bugs Bunny gives Elmer Fudd a close shave as they sing and act out Rossini's opera.

Director: Chuck Jones | Stars: Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan

Votes: 4,910

8. The Old Man of the Mountain (1933)

7 min | Animation, Short, Music

Betty Boop goes to see the fearsome Old Man of the Mountain for herself; he sings the title song and a duet with Betty.

Directors: Dave Fleischer, Bernard Wolf | Stars: Cab Calloway, Bonnie Poe

Votes: 529

9. Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs (1943)

Approved | 7 min | Family, Animation, Short

So White flees from the wicked Queenie, wins over the thugs from Murder Inc. and meets her overrated Prince Chawmin'.

Director: Robert Clampett | Stars: Ivie Anderson, Mel Blanc, Ruby Dandridge, Vivian Dandridge

Votes: 1,346

10. Magical Maestro (1952)

Approved | 6 min | Family, Animation, Comedy

A magician is spurned by an opera singer, and takes a spectacular revenge by replacing the conductor and turning the hapless tenor into one thing after another. And watch out for the hair ... See full summary »

Director: Tex Avery | Stars: Daws Butler, Tex Avery, Paul Frees, Danny Webb

Votes: 1,030

11. Nine Inch Nails: Closer (1994 Video)

5 min | Short, Horror, Music

The controversial promotional video for Nine Inch Nails' 1994 single "Closer."

Director: Mark Romanek | Star: Trent Reznor

Votes: 568

12. Shake!: Otis at Monterey (1987)

19 min | Documentary, Short, Music

Documentary on Otis Redding's performance at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival.

Directors: Chris Hegedus, D.A. Pennebaker | Stars: Otis Redding, Booker T. & the M.G.s, Steve Cropper, Donald Dunn

Votes: 657

13. Violent Is the Word for Curly (1938)

Not Rated | 18 min | Comedy, Short

Three bumbling gas station attendants are mistaken for college professors arriving from Germany to teach at a prestigious women's college.

Director: Charley Chase | Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Samuel Adams

Votes: 722

14. The Skeleton Dance (1929)

Approved | 6 min | Animation, Family, Short

The clock strikes midnight, the bats fly from the belfry, a dog howls at the full moon, and two black cats fight in the cemetery: a perfect time for four skeletons to come out and dance a bit.

Director: Walt Disney

Votes: 4,279

15. Rhapsody Rabbit (1946)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Family, Short

When Bugs attempts to perform Liszt's Second Hungarian Rhapsody, he is troubled by a mouse.

Director: Friz Freleng | Star: Mel Blanc

Votes: 1,139

16. Little Rural Riding Hood (1949)

Approved | 6 min | Animation, Comedy, Short

The last of Tex Avery's variations on Red Hot Riding Hood (1943), in which the country wolf visits his city cousin, who tries to teach him the rudiments of civilised behaviour when watching... See full summary »

Director: Tex Avery | Stars: Daws Butler, Colleen Collins, Pinto Colvig, Imogene Lynn

Votes: 1,114

17. Sound?? (1966 TV Movie)

25 min | Music

Add a Plot

Director: Dick Fontaine | Stars: John Cage, Rahsaan Roland Kirk

Votes: 68

18. The Legend of Rockabye Point (1955)

Approved | 6 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

The old fishing boat captain tells the story of Chilly Willy, a singing polar bear and a bulldog who quickly falls asleep when he hears a lullaby.

Director: Tex Avery | Stars: Daws Butler, Dal McKennon

Votes: 324

19. Peter and the Wolf (1946)

TV-G | 15 min | Animation, Short, Family

Animated version of the fairy tale of the Russian boy Peter and his hunt for a raiding wolf, presented to the music of Sergei Prokofiev.

Director: Clyde Geronimi | Stars: Sterling Holloway, Ivan, Mischa, Peter

Votes: 2,827

20. Long-Haired Hare (1949)

Approved | 8 min | Animation, Short, Action

Bugs Bunny retaliates against the pompous opera star who does him violence.

Director: Chuck Jones | Stars: Mel Blanc, Nicolai Shutorev

Votes: 2,430

21. A-Ha: Take on Me (1985 Video)

4 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy

Official music video for "Take on Me" by A-Ha.

Director: Steve Barron | Stars: A-Ha, Bunty Bailey, Alfie Curtis, Magne Furuholmen

Votes: 1,713

22. Peter Gabriel: Sledgehammer (1986 Video)

6 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy

Peter Gabriel's video for his 1986 Billboard Hot 100 number-one single, a collaboration with Aardman Animations which set new standards for the industry and became one of the most awarded videos in history.

Director: Stephen R. Johnson | Stars: Peter Gabriel, Anna-Marie Gabriel, Melanie Gabriel

Votes: 943

23. Madonna: Express Yourself (1989 Video)

5 min | Short, Music, Musical

Music video by Madonna performing 'Express Yourself'.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Madonna, Cameron Alborzian, Todd Gordon, Gustav Vintas

Votes: 914

24. Nirvana: Smells Like Teen Spirit (1991 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

A music video for Nirvana's song 'Smells Like Teen Spirit'.

Director: Samuel Bayer | Stars: Nirvana, Burton C. Bell, Andy Bialk, Kurt Cobain

Votes: 1,721

25. Madonna: Like a Prayer (1989 Video)

6 min | Short, Drama, Music

Music video for Madonna's song Like a Prayer.

Director: Mary Lambert | Stars: Madonna, Tony Ward, Leon

Votes: 1,023

26. UNKLE Feat. Thom Yorke: Rabbit in Your Headlights (1998 Video)

5 min | Short, Music

A man wearing a heavy parka is walking along the middle of the road in a busy car tunnel. He appears to be disoriented, mumbling and shouting incoherences, only occasionally including ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Glazer | Stars: Richard File, Craig Kelly, Denis Lavant, James Lavelle

Votes: 130

27. Betty Boop's Bamboo Isle (1932)

8 min | Animation, Comedy, Short

On a south sea isle, Bimbo meets Betty in the guise of a hula dancer.

Directors: Dave Fleischer, Seymour Kneitel | Stars: The Royal Samoans, Billy Murray, Satini Pualoa, Mae Questel

Votes: 276

28. Der Fuehrer's Face (1942)

Approved | 8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Donald Duck has a nightmare that he lives in Germany slaving under the Nazi regime.

Directors: Jack Kinney, Ben Sharpsteen | Stars: Billy Bletcher, Clarence Nash

Votes: 3,976

29. Mysterious Mose (1930)

6 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Betty Boop (with dog's ears) can't sleep on a scary night, so she sings the title song and meets the gentleman in question...a surreal version of Bimbo.

Directors: Dave Fleischer, Willard Bowsky | Stars: Margie Hines, Billy Murray

Votes: 216

30. The Barber of Seville (1944)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Family, Short

An opera-singing Woody Woodpecker takes over a barbershop and harasses the customers.

Director: Shamus Culhane | Stars: Mel Blanc, Ben Hardaway, Lee Sweetland

Votes: 679

31. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 26 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

A grumpy hermit hatches a plan to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville.

Directors: Chuck Jones, Ben Washam | Stars: Boris Karloff, Thurl Ravenscroft, June Foray, Dal McKennon

Votes: 45,522

32. Who Killed Cock Robin? (1935)

Approved | 8 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Robin is crooning to a Mae West-like Jenny Wren when he is shot with an arrow. A court is convened; the judge, an owl, keeps singing the title. A variety of birds are brought to the witness... See full summary »

Director: David Hand | Stars: Billy Bletcher, Pinto Colvig, Clarence Nash, Purv Pullen

Votes: 689

33. Peter & the Wolf (2006)

G | 32 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

An animated retelling set to Prokofiev's suite. Peter is a slight lad, solitary, locked out of the woods by his protective grandfather, his only friend a duck. In town, he's bullied. When a... See full summary »

Director: Suzie Templeton

Votes: 3,817

34. Michael Jackson: Thriller (1983 Video)

PG | 13 min | Short, Horror, Music

A night at the movies turns into a nightmare when Michael and his date are attacked by a hoard of bloodthirsty zombies - only a "Thriller" can save them now.

Director: John Landis | Stars: Michael Jackson, Ola Ray, Forrest J. Ackerman, Reed Armstrong

Votes: 15,777