What’s Opera Doc: Retoin My Love
There’s nothing more impressive than a rabbit that can sing. Especially when the voice is supplied by voice acting genius Mel Blanc. No wonder Elmer Fudd is mesmerized. The 1957 cartoon classic, “What’s Opera Doc”, directed by Chuck Jones, was the first animated short to be added to the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. Imagine! This Michael Maltese-penned story of the operatic and ever pithy Bugs Bunny has been officially recognized… As 1,000 members of the animation field voted it #1 of the 50 greatest cartoons, it’s good to see the rest of the world agrees!
“Retoin My Wuv” was created by master animator Willie Ito, who has had a storied career that has spanned over 60 years, and has had a hand in some of the greatest classic cartoons in almost every major animated studio as a character animator and layout artist. Disney, Warner Bros., Bob Clampett Productions, and Hanna Barbera have all benefitted from his creativity and talent. The artwork is printed in the fine art Giclee process on fine art paper from Ito’s watercolor original art. Each print is then hand-numbered and then signed by Willie Ito. It is offered in an edition of 50.