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Crusader Rabbit (cartoon)

     (Syndicated Series #1: 1948 - 1951;
      Syndicated Series #2: 1956) 

     [The first made-for-TV cartoons were created in five-minute
      lengths. The first series was first produced between 1948 -
      1951 by Jerry Fairbanks, with animators Jay Ward and his 
      partner Alexander Anderson working in San Francisco.]

     [When Jay Ward went on to create Rocky and Bullwinkle,
      a second series of Crusader Rabbit cartoons was produced 
      without his talents in 1956, but did not flourish.]


Open Theme for Series #1 (1948 - 51): "Rabbit Fanfare" & "Main Title Rabbit"

    [An opening fanfare was based upon the Western folk song 
     "The Trail To Mexico" (PD), and the most memorable part
     was a string arrangement of the nursery tune "Ten Little 
     Indians" (Public Domain), in a copyrighted arrangement 
     by "Chuck" Wheeler...from BMI cue sheet information 
     courtesy collector Paul Mandell of Brooklyn, NY, and
     Los Angeles Musician's Union information.]

     Arranger: Clarence E. ("Chuck") Wheeler (ASCAP/BMI)

     Original Publisher: Fairbanks (BMI)
     
     1959 Publisher: Bibo Music, Inc. (BMI)
     
     1997 Publisher: [no listing in BMI]

     Arrangement Date:

     Recordings:
            CD: "Toon Tunes Vol. 2 -- Action-Packed Anthems"
                 Rhino Records R2 74337 (2001)


Close Theme for Series #1 (1948 - 51): "End Title/Rabbit Playoff"

    [based upon the Folk Song "The Trail To Mexico" (Public
     Domain), in a copyrighted arrangement by Chuck Wheeler.
     BMI cue sheet information from collector Paul Mandell,
     and Los Angeles Musician's Union information.]

     Adapter/Arranger: Clarence E. ("Chuck") Wheeler (ASCAP/BMI)

     Original Publisher: Fairbanks (BMI)
     
     1959 Publisher: Bibo Music, Inc. (BMI)
     
     1997 Publisher: [no listing in BMI]

     Arrangement Date:

     Recordings:
            CD: "Toon Tunes Vol. 2 -- Action-Packed Anthems"
                 Rhino Records R2 74337 (2001)


Theme for Series #2 (1956): "Juggins"

    [Aircheck recording of the theme, courtesy Graham Newton 
     of Toronto, Canada, used to search for title and composer.
    "Van" Phillips, composer, suggested by collector Paul 
     Mandell of Brooklyn, NY. 

     Final positive ID of the title, composer, and recording 
     by Forrest Patton of Kaleidosound Studios, San Francisco.]

     Composer: Van Phillips (ASCAP)
              [professional name of Alexander Van Cleve Phillips]

     Original Publisher: Impress (British)
     
     US Selling Agent/Publisher: Emil Ascher, Inc. (ASCAP)

     1997 Publisher: Audio Action (ASCAP)
                        of Burbank, CA

     US Copyright Date:
     US Renewal   Date: 

     Recordings:
         78rpm single in the British 
                      Impress Mood Music Library
                      Impress IA 171-B
  

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