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Reading the Rabbit: Explorations in Warner Bros. Animation

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"A wide-ranging inquiry into an important area of contemporary scholarly interest, and also an engaging, well written and intelligently conceived collection." -Eric Smoodin, author of Animating Culture: Hollywood Cartoons From the Sound Era



Despite the success of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and their Looney cohorts, Warner Bros. animation worked in the shadow of Disney for many
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Paperback, 288 pages
Published June 1st 1998 by Rutgers University Press
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dejah_thoris
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
A great collection of essays interrogating the Warner Bros. cartoon oeuvre. People are almost always split between whether they prefer Disney or Warner Bros. and now I have a better understanding as to why. Putterman's critical history is a solid introduction as is White's essay on the critical shift from Disney to Warner Bros. Then follow several essays on the portrayal of the hillbilly, celebrities, African-Americans, heterosexual romance, and cross-dressing/drag/gender roles. Simensky then di ...more
Jessica
Oct 22, 2011 rated it liked it
I read this book in preparation for a class I'm teaching that will focus on cartoons as a reflection of society. For that purpose, this book is perfect. If that were my only consideration, I would have given it 5/5 stars. However, this book falls prey to the same problem that so much of academic writing does: high falutin' language where plain language would be much better. The ideas here are exciting (although I don't always agree with them), but they would be so much more exciting if I didn't ...more
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