TO CELEBRATE FEB. 29, Google invites us to make a mental leap.
The Silicon Valley company touts twin events today with its search homepage logo: The frog-adorned “Doodle” marks both Leap Day and the 220th anniversary of composer Gioachino Rossini’s birth.
So how do the Italian and the amphibians quite mesh as mash-up sources in this comical swamp of a Doodle?
Well, first, you might recall that Google is fond of marking Leap Years — those quadrennial events when the human calendar comes correct with the cosmos — by calling upon its “leap frogs,” those evergreen symbols that hopped into the logo in 2004 and again in 2008.
And then there is the renowned Rossini, whom Anne Midgette, The Post’s classical music critic, calls “the quintessential cartoon composer.” The frogs in this full-throated Doodle appear quite inspired by Rossini’s 1816 comic-opera masterpiece “The Barber of Seville (Il barbiere di Siviglia)” — with the froggy Figaro (far right) orchestrating the close shave as we ponder who, in Act 2, just might get croaked. (Update: The scene also includes Count Almaviva, the singing Rosina and Bartolo.)