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Carl Stalling

Carl StallingAKA Carl W. Stalling

Born: 10-Nov-1891
Birthplace: Lexington, MO
Died: 29-Nov-1972
Location of death: Los Angeles, CA
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Composer

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Composer for hundreds of Looney Tunes

Composed the score to Disney's Plane Crazy and Gallopin' Gaucho (1928), the first Mickey Mouse cartoons. Stalling and animator Ub Iwerks both left Disney in 1930 to form their own animation studio; after it folded in 1936, he was hired by Warner Brothers. With access to the Warner music library, Stalling produced fast-paced patchwork compositions for hundreds of Looney Tunes cartoons, cobbling together dozens of tiny samples from popular music as well as recognizable classical motifs, illustrating each twitch and gasp with breathless elasticity. Notable among Stalling's sources was Raymond Scott, author of Powerhouse.

Father: Ernest Stalling (carpenter)
Mother: Sophia C. Stalling

    High School: Missouri (dropped out)

    Time Warner Composer (1936-58)
    Disney Composer (1928-30)
    Brain Surgery (1950)
    German Ancestry


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