We went to “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony” last night at the Hollywood Bowl – it was pretty magical. When I first heard about it, I wasn’t sure what I thought about classic cartoons shown with a live orchestra playing the music… however, it was moving.
Before we got there, we stopped by the Brady Bunch house:
I always thought it was bigger, and not so close to the houses right next door. The new owners have a fence and ADT, but we weren’t too touristy. I mean, I could have peeked in the windows, but I wasn’t *that* big a Brady Bunch fan… if it was MacGuyver’s house, I would rolled up onto the stoop.
Anyway, the Bowl seats 18,000 – and it was a sell-out! The tradition is to bring your dinner and eat in the bleachers before the show starts. So, we did exactly that! I do have to say, it was extra special being there with the modern-day voice of Porky Pig. When the conductor introduced a Porky Pig short, he mentioned how the Pig was a huge star when Bugs came onto the scene. Of course, we hooted and hollered. The people around us followed our lead, and I found it ironic that they had no clue Porky Pig was sitting right next to them.
Anyway, hearing/watching a live orchestra playing the Looney Tunes theme was a very unique and awesome experience. I don’t know how they kept up with all the anvil drops and sledgehammer hits of the cartoons on the jumbotron, but they did… and it was a very memorable experience. These cartoons are part of the fabric of our culture – seeing them in this way touched a place in my heart I had almost forgotten about.