The Mouse Machine: Disney and Technology

The Mouse Machine: Disney and Technology

by J P. Telotte
     
 

ISBN-10: 0252033272

ISBN-13: 9780252033278

Pub. Date: 06/18/2008

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

Throughout Disney's phenomenally successful run in the entertainment industry, the company has negotiated the use of cutting-edge film and media technologies that, J. P. Telotte argues, have proven fundamental to the company's identity. Disney's technological developments include the use of stereophonic surround sound for Fantasia, experimentation with

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Throughout Disney's phenomenally successful run in the entertainment industry, the company has negotiated the use of cutting-edge film and media technologies that, J. P. Telotte argues, have proven fundamental to the company's identity. Disney's technological developments include the use of stereophonic surround sound for Fantasia, experimentation with wide-screen technology, inaugural adoption of three-strip Technicolor film, and early efforts at fostering depth in the animated image.  Telotte also chronicles Disney's partnership with television, development of the theme park, and depiction of technology in science fiction narratives. An in-depth discussion of Disney's shift into digital filmmaking with its Pixar partnership and an emphasis on digital special effects in live-action films, such as the Pirates of the Caribbean series, also highlight the studio's historical investment in technology. By exploring the technological context for Disney creations throughout its history, The Mouse Machine illuminates Disney's extraordinary growth into one of the largest and most influential media and entertainment companies in the world.   Hardback is unjacketed. 

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780252033278
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
06/18/2008
Pages:
232
Sales rank:
1,126,689
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
Introduction: Main Street, Machines, and the Mouse     1
Sound Fantasy     23
Minor Hazards: Disney and the Color Adventure     42
Three-Dimensional Animation and the Illusion of Life     56
A Monstrous Vision: Disney, Science Fiction, and CinemaScope     81
Disney in Television Land     96
The "Inhabitable Text" of the Parks     117
Course Correction: Of Black Holes and Computer Games     141
"Better Than Real": Digital Disney, Pixar, and Beyond     159
Conclusion     179
Notes     191
Works Cited     203
Index     211

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