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Tunes for ’Toons: Music and the Hollywood Cartoon

4.06  ·  Rating Details ·  31 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
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, ...more
Paperback, 244 pages
Published April 2nd 2007 by University of California Press (first published January 1st 2005)
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Theophilo Pinto
Mar 01, 2015 Theophilo Pinto rated it really liked it
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/Jerry e 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 perceber qu ...more
May 07, 2010 Dave-O rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Oct 11, 2013 Carol rated it really liked it
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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
May 03, 2013 Chelsea rated it really liked it
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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 ...more
Gijs Grob
Aug 17, 2012 Gijs Grob rated it really liked it
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
Aug 11, 2012 John rated it really liked it

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.
Jun 05, 2012 Djll rated it liked it
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.
Greg Smith
Aug 25, 2013 Greg Smith rated it really liked it
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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