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Carnegie Hall Ensemble Performs 43 Cartoon Theme Songs in Five Minutes

Prep your ears for a walk through your childhood. Check out this video of the Carnegie Hall Ensemble Orchestra as they perform 43 cartoon theme songs in five minutes. From the playful Powerpuff Girls tune to the powerful ballad of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the orchestra doesn’t miss a beat when it comes to mashing together the melodies of our youth.

The video below isn’t just a pleasure for your ears, but your eyes are in for a treat with cleverly placed visual cues.

I’m definitely guilty of staying in every Saturday morning as I was able to name at least 40 of those tunes. Think you can name all 43 tunes? Give your guesses in the comments below.

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  1. Antonia says:

    Adding to EdW
    #5 Neon Genesis Evangelion
    #24 Rugrats

  2. Karlynn says:

    powerpuff girls
    Family Guy
    pink panther
    spider man
    Dexters Laboratory
    Adventure time
    The Rugrats
    Dora the explorer
    Sponge bob square pants
    The Simpsons
    Yuh-Gi Yo!
    Dave the Barbarian
    Johnny Bravo
    The Animaniacs
    The Chipmunks
    The Jetson
    The Flintstones
    The Bugs Bunny and Tweety Show

  3. Ellen Yarbrough says:

    The graphics gave you clues to the songs. Right?

  4. EdW says:

    My best attempt:

    1. Avatar
    2. Pokemon
    3. Captain Planet
    4. X-Men
    5. ??
    6. PowerPuff Girls
    7. South Park
    8. CatDog
    9. GI Joe
    10. Family Guy
    11. Pinky and the Brain
    12. Pink Panther
    13. ??
    14. Chip & Dale Rescue Rangers
    15. Spider-Man
    16. Inspector Gaget
    17. Dexter’s Lab
    18. Adventure Time
    19. Gummi Bears
    20. Babar
    21. Madaline
    22. Smurfs
    23. Doug
    24. ??
    25. Dora the Explorer
    26. ??
    27. Sponge-Bob
    28. Futurerama / Magic School Bus together
    29. Muppet Babies
    30. The Simpsons
    31. Charlie Brown (Peanuts)
    32. ???
    33. He-Man
    34. ??? (by animation maybe Dragon Ball Z?)
    35. Thundercats
    36. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
    37. Johnny Bravo
    38. Animaniacs
    39. Tiny Toons
    40. ???
    41. Ducktales
    42. ???
    43. Jetsons
    44. Flintstones
    45. Looney Toons

  5. Sonia says:

    I heard, in no particular order, Animaniacs, Tiny Toon Adventures, Looney Tunes, Jetsons, Flintstones, Powerpuff Girls, Adventure Time, South Park, Doug, Rugrats, Pinky & the Brain, Family Guy, Spongebob Squarepants, Smurfs, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Captain Planet, CatDog, Pink Panther, Dexter’s Laboratory, Spiderman, The Simpsons, The Peanuts, He-Man, Thundercats, Ducktales. Still missing a lot, but that’s the best I can do right now.

  6. Bluesplot says:

    I instantly recognized about 2/3 of them! (Maybe I watch too much tv?!) I think they did an amazing job!

  7. bastien says:

    Rather, “Merrily We Roll Along”, not “The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down”. Got my Merry Melodies and Looney Tunes themes mixed up.

  8. bastien says:

    They’re obviously extremely talented, and they’ve very good at the themes that are already dramtically musical and lend themselves to orchestration–things like the Animaniacs, or “The Merry Go Round Broke Down”.

    However, when they needed to do a little more interpretation, the themes became almost unrecognizable.

    I did appreciate the Dough theme and animations quite a lot, though.

  9. Tfish says:

    Just listening to it I wouldn’t know what half of those songs were supposed to be.