Tunes for 'Toons: Music and the Hollywood Cartoon

Daniel Goldmark


Tunes for 'Toons: Music and the Hollywood Cartoon

Tunes for 'Toons: Music and the Hollywood Cartoon

  • Title: Tunes for 'Toons: Music and the Hollywood Cartoon
  • Author: Daniel Goldmark
  • ISBN: 9780520253117
  • Page: 290
  • Format: Paperback



In the first in depth examination of music written for Hollywood animated cartoons of the 1930s through the 1950s, Daniel Goldmark provides a brilliant account of the enormous creative effort that went into setting cartoons to music and shows how this effort shaped the characters and stories that have become embedded in American culture Focusing on classical music, opera,In the first in depth examination of music written for Hollywood animated cartoons of the 1930s through the 1950s, Daniel Goldmark provides a brilliant account of the enormous creative effort that went into setting cartoons to music and shows how this effort shaped the characters and stories that have become embedded in American culture Focusing on classical music, opera, and jazz, Goldmark considers the genre and compositional style of cartoons produced by major Hollywood animation studios, including Warner Bros MGM, Lantz, and the Fleischers Tunes for Toons discusses several well known cartoons in detail, including What s Opera, Doc , the 1957 Warner Bros parody of Wagner and opera that is one of the most popular cartoons ever created.Goldmark pays particular attention to the work of Carl Stalling and Scott Bradley, arguably the two most influential composers of music for theatrical cartoons Though their musical backgrounds and approaches to scoring differed greatly, Stalling and Bradley together established a unique sound for animated comedies that has not changed in than seventy years Using a rich range of sources including cue sheets, scores, informal interviews, and articles from hard to find journals, the author evaluates how music works in an animated universe Reminding readers of the larger context in which films are produced and viewed, this book looks at how studios employed culturally charged music to inspire their stories and explores the degree to which composers integrated stylistic elements of jazz and the classics into their scores.


Recent Comments "Tunes for 'Toons: Music and the Hollywood Cartoon"

Um livro sobre a trilha musical dos desenhos animados clássicos. Como não ler? Com ele numa mão, revi pelo Youtube uma porção de episódios do Pernalonga/Ortolino, Bip-Bip/Coiote, Tom/Jerrye outros. Aliás, pude tirar a limpo uma dúvida: é que, quando criança, ouvia os desenhos do Pernalonga com uma valsa de Chopin tocando ao fundo (sempre a mesma) Já naquela época eu achava aquilo muito chato e que devia ser alguma adaptação feita na dublagem, pois em alguns momentos era possível p [...]

Though the book focuses almost exclusively on the works of Carl Stalling and Scott Bradley, Goldmark paints a thorough picture of the workings of animation in the 1930s and 1940s. Particularly interesting to me was the different approach that each composer took in scoring animated shorts. Stalling's collage of classical, public domain, and Warner-owned themes and Bradley's own original scoring and lofty hopes for the future of music in animation. That Goldmark is a musician interested in animati [...]

This book is a brief but illuminating look at the music written for and used in classic Hollywood cartoon shorts of the 1930s through 1960s. It was one of the most fun and fascinating books about music I have ever read. Goldmark looks at Carl Stalling (Warner Bros.), Scott Bradley (MGM, especially the Tom and Jerry series), the use of jazz in cartoons, the use of classical music, and the use of opera as both music and setting. Although Goldmark does not address anything in exhaustive depth, his [...]

This was a really fascinating read. Goldmark goes into great detail about the history of music in animation, focusing on early Hollywood cartoons from Warner Bros Disney, MGM, and others from the 1930s through the 1950s, the Golden Age of animation. Using carefully researched case studies of specific shorts and composers like Carl Stalling and Scott Bradley, Goldmark really does an incredible job of tracing how music was used in these cartoons--how studio practices influenced the process of comp [...]

Een eerste poging tot het beschrijven van de sociologische en musicologische betekenis van filmmuziek bij de classic cartoons (jaren dertig-veertig). Goldmark behandelt de stijlen van Carl Stalling en Scott Bradley, maar ook de rol van jazz en klassiek in cartoons.Het boek bevat, zoals vele sociale studies, nogal wat discutabel gewauwel (vooral over de jazz, dat duidelijk gevoed is door een nauwe blik op beperkt materiaal), maar evenveel interessante gedachten en een uitstekende notenapparaat en [...]

As the only book length scholarly study of cartoons that I know of, this book was an interesting and unique read. An invaluable source for my future work with music and humor, for those working in cartoon music, or for those who want a serious yet eminently accessible introduction to music in the Hollywood cartoon.

Well-organized and clearly written, although somewhat flat and academic (UC Press, so it literally *is* academic) in tone, Goldmark's premises are delineated and explained methodically, and he wisely limits himself to just a few key figures, avoiding what could easily have been a chaotic, over-expansive survey.

Carl Stalling is a personal deity, and the chapter on him was music to my ears. The chapter on Scott Bradley, his high-minded rival at MGM, heretofore nameless to me, made me want to hear more of his Tom and Jerry soundtracks without actually having to slog through any more of the cartoons.


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