Funny Pictures: Animation and Comedy in Studio-Era Hollywood

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Daniel Ira Goldmark, Charles Keil
University of California Press, Jul 21, 2011 - Performing Arts - 344 pages
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This collection of essays explores the link between comedy and animation in studio-era cartoons, from filmdom’s earliest days through the twentieth century. Written by a who’s who of animation authorities, Funny Pictures offers a stimulating range of views on why animation became associated with comedy so early and so indelibly, and illustrates how animation and humor came together at a pivotal stage in the development of the motion picture industry. To examine some of the central assumptions about comedy and cartoons and to explore the key factors that promoted their fusion, the book analyzes many of the key filmic texts from the studio years that exemplify animated comedy. Funny Pictures also looks ahead to show how this vital American entertainment tradition still thrives today in works ranging from The Simpsons to the output of Pixar.

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This book has a very wide amount of essays that explores the links between comedy and animation. So far, a whole lot of good reviews. So, keep the job up!!


What Makes These Pictures So Funny?
The Filmic Roots of Early Animation
Systems and Effects Making Cartoons Funny
Retheorizing Animated Comedy
Comic Inspiration Animation Auteurs
Beyond the Studio Era Building on Tradition

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Daniel Goldmark is Associate Professor of Music at Case Western Reserve University and the author of Tunes for ‘Toons: Music and the Hollywood Cartoon (UC Press). Charlie Keil is Associate Professor of Cinema Studies at the University of Toronto and the author of Early American Cinema in Transition and American Cinema’s Transitional Era (UC Press).

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