Monty Python's may be funnier, but Gounod's got the better tune.
As I mentioned over at the Doctor in Spite of Himself blog, this tune features "Anvil Chorus"-like hammering (chopping) sounds in the orchestra, but I'd take these woodcutters over Verdi's gypsies any day. (For the record, Verdi: 1853, Gounod, 1858.) Obviously, I had a little too much fun with the "follow the bouncing axe" idea. I'd envisioned something much simpler, but somehow this axe started letting out its inner Fred Astaire - actually, it reminds me more of the psycho brooms in Disney's Sorcerer's Apprentice.