Animated Personalities: Cartoon Characters and Stardom in American Theatrical Shorts

Animated Personalities: Cartoon Characters and Stardom in American Theatrical Shorts

by David McGowan


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781477317440
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 03/01/2019
Pages: 326
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

David McGowan is a lecturer in animation history at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). He holds a PhD from Loughborough University in the United Kingdom.

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Section I. Stages of Theatrical Stardom
    • Chapter 1. Silent Animation and the Development of the Star System
    • Chapter 2. Stars and Scandal in the 1930s
    • Chapter 3. The Second World War
  • Section II. Conceptualizing Theatrical Animated Stardom
    • Chapter 4. The Comedian Comedy
    • Chapter 5. Authorship
    • Chapter 6. The Studio System
  • Section III. Post-Theatrical Stardom
    • Chapter 7. The Animated Television Star
    • Chapter 8. The Death of the Animated Star?
  • Notes
  • Works Cited
  • Index

What People are Saying About This

Amy M. Davis

"This excellent book is destined to be a classic in the field of animation studies. I have enjoyed every minute of reading it. By looking at stardom as a concept in relation to animated characters, it strengthens our understanding of the idea of stardom within cinema studies. The book also plays a hugely important role in understanding what actually brought audiences to the cinema in the first place. This is groundbreaking research and should broaden our understanding of cinema history as a whole, not just animated or live-action cinema history."

Malcolm Cook

"McGowan’s argument that animated characters can and should be considered stars is both original and timely. This book will provide a distinctive and much-needed contribution to film studies."

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