Children's Live-Action Musical Films: A Critical Survey and Filmography

Children's Live-Action Musical Films: A Critical Survey and Filmography

by Thomas J. J. Harris
     
 

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The Wizard of Oz (1939), Hans Christian Andersen (1952), Tom Thumb (1958), Babes in Toyland (1961), Mary Poppins (1964), Dr. Dolittle (1967), The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T (1953)—these are some of the fifteen enchanting features covered in this study. While discussing the origins of the films and aesthetic and thematic similarities, this book illuminates the

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The Wizard of Oz (1939), Hans Christian Andersen (1952), Tom Thumb (1958), Babes in Toyland (1961), Mary Poppins (1964), Dr. Dolittle (1967), The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T (1953)—these are some of the fifteen enchanting features covered in this study. While discussing the origins of the films and aesthetic and thematic similarities, this book illuminates the heretofore neglected contributions of such creative talents as Moss Hart, Charles Vidor, George Pal, and Bryan Forbes. Sprinkled throughout the text are provocative comments garnered form interviews with most of the above artists.

Editorial Reviews

Classic Images
superb look at fifteen films
Choice
enlightening analysis...clear, well-reasoned and important
Images
insightful...valuable
Film Review Annual
Lively and hard-hitting book...well illustrated.
Neil Barron
The only book to cover this once-popular category of films.
Back Stage
An enduring genre.
Booknews
The 17 feature-films surveyed in this reference reflect the major efforts in this field since the advent of sound. All the expected entries are here (Wizard of Oz, Mary Poppins, etc.) along with less well-known items such as The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T. All of the films are described and discussed in relation to one another. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786411801
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
09/15/2001
Edition description:
ALTERNATE
Pages:
207
Product dimensions:
0.50(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.47(d)

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