A Symposium on Popular Songs is an animated Disney short that originally released to theaters by Buena Vista Distribution on December 19, 1962. It features Ludwig Von Drake lecturing on the state of popular music punctuated by a number of stop-motion musical numbers.


The songs were written by Richard and Robert Sherman, with each song represented a different era in musical history. The brothers considered this one of their favorite Disney assignments.

Voice Cast

  • Paul Frees - Ludwig von Drake, Depression-Era Singer
  • Gloria Wood - Flapper, Boogie Woogie Singers, the Babylonians
  • Skip Farrell - Crooner
  • Billy Storm - Jackie Babylon



  • This marks Ludwig von Drake's only appearance in a theatrical project.

Home video releases



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