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The popularity of cartoon music, from Carl Stalling’s work for Warner Bros. to Disney sound tracks and The Simpsons’ song parodies, has never been greater. This lively and fascinating look at cartoon music’s past and present collects contributions from well-known music critics and cartoonists, and interviews with the principal cartoon composers. Here Mark Mothersbaugh talks about his music for Rugrats, Alf Clausen about composing for The Simpsons, Carl Stalling about his work for Walt Disney and Warner Bros., ...
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The Cartoon Music Book

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Overview


The popularity of cartoon music, from Carl Stalling’s work for Warner Bros. to Disney sound tracks and The Simpsons’ song parodies, has never been greater. This lively and fascinating look at cartoon music’s past and present collects contributions from well-known music critics and cartoonists, and interviews with the principal cartoon composers. Here Mark Mothersbaugh talks about his music for Rugrats, Alf Clausen about composing for The Simpsons, Carl Stalling about his work for Walt Disney and Warner Bros., Irwin Chusid about Raymond Scott’s work, Will Friedwald about Casper the Friendly Ghost, Richard Stone about his music for Animaniacs, Joseph Lanza about Ren and Stimpy, and much, much more.
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Editorial Reviews

Cool & Strange Music
This is a book I've wanted to read for 20 years . . . manna for those of us who listed to animated cartoons seriously.
Village Voice
Academic and absorbing
Animation Blast
An excellent introduction to the vast world of cartoon music . . . a significant step forward in cartoon music scholarship
Inc. Book News, Inc.
An illuminating and entertaining compellation
Leonard Maltin
I recommend this book for any dedicated fan of animated cartoons.
Electronic Musician
Not only does the book dispense a wealth of information, but it's also a fun read.
Accessibly Live Off-Line
The first publication of its kind.
Cinescape
Absolutely fascinating
Chicago Reader
The book ably outlines the breadth of emerging scholarship in this field . . . a handy anthology.
Cartoonresearch.com
A must-have!
Library Journal
"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 Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781569764121
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/2002
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • File size: 4 MB

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