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"Just try watching a classic Tom and Jerry or Bugs Bunny cartoon with the sound off, and see how flat the jokes fall," offers pop music critic Neil Strauss in this compilation of essays, interviews, and opinions. That thesis epitomizes the book's overriding purpose. Instead of addressing cartoons' obvious high art-low art baggage, the contributors (who also include critic Leonard Maltin) examine their existential problem: can the obnoxious soundtrack exist as art on its own? Goldmark, a professor and Rhino Records producer/editor, and Taylor, a Chicago-based author and journalist, offer a resounding yes. They explore the tune-toon symbiosis of Disney and Warner Brothers golden age composers (Leopold Stokowski, Carl Stalling), as well as of contemporary toonsmiths (e.g., Mark Mothersbaugh of Rugrats and Alf Clausen of The Simpsons). Insightful and surprisingly engaging, this book at the very least gives readers an excuse to watch the Yosemite Sam reruns Saturday morning. Recommended for all libraries.
Eric Hahn, Fargo, ND
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Ever since Walt Disney synchronized Mickey Mouse to "Turkey in the Straw" in 1928, music has been as integral to animated cartoons as talking animals and falling anvils. The vital contributions of cartoon composers over the years have remained largely unsung, but this compilation of some 30 essays and interviews goes a long way toward rectifying that slight. Historically, the collection begins in the golden age of the Hollywood cartoon, with a rare interview with Warner Brothers composer Carl Stalling and two essays by his MGM counterpart, Scott Bradley. The often cheesy but fondly remembered music for '60s and '70s TV toons is well considered in such pieces as a look at such two-dimensional rock bands as Alvin and the Chipmunks and the Archies. The contemporary cartoon resurgence is represented by interviews with former Devo frontman Mark Mothersbaugh, now reaching a younger audience with Rugrats, and Alf Clausen, who parodies genres from rock to show tunes on The Simpsons. An invaluable resource that provides fascinating insights into a heretofore-neglected aspect of cinema history. Gordon Flagg
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press (November 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556524730
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556524738
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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Finally...a book on the GREAT cartoon music composers! AND it includes the way under-rated MAURY LAWS of RANKIN/BASS fame! Greg Ehrbar did a wonderful job on this chapter and his DISCOGRAPHY in the back of the book! They are all here....from CARL STALLING to HOYT CURTIN and even the modern cartoon music writers! This book was a LONG time coming! THANKS!
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I purchased this book to find out more about music in animation. This was a great book. Its small paperback style is not
to be underrated. The author discusses the composers, studios and characters that make up the most popular animated
films from the Golden Age of the genre. (ca. 1935-55). Good for students of film and film music studies.
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Pros: The usual suspects (Stalling, Bradley), John Zorn article, Disney composers get their due, everything
Cons: One of the sources was the already debunked "Walt Disney: Hollywood's Dark Prince" )
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