Music in Disney's Animated Features: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to The Jungle Book

Music in Disney's Animated Features: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to The Jungle Book


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In Music in Disney's Animated Features James Bohn investigates how music functions in Disney animated films and identifies several vanguard techniques used in them. In addition he also presents a history of music in Disney animated films, as well as biographical information on several of the Walt Disney Studios' seminal composers.

The popularity and critical acclaim of Disney animated features truly is built as much on music as it is on animation. Beginning with Steamboat Willie and continuing through all of the animated features created under Disney's personal supervision, music was the organizing element of Disney's animation. Songs establish character, aid in narrative, and fashion the backbone of the Studios' movies from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs through The Jungle Book and beyond.

Bohn underscores these points while presenting a detailed history of music in Disney's animated films. The book includes research done at the Walt Disney Archives as well as materials gathered from numerous other facilities. In his research of the Studios' notable composers, Bohn includes perspectives from family members, thus lending a personal dimension to his presentation of the magical Studios' musical history. The volume's numerous musical examples demonstrate techniques used throughout the Studios' animated classics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496818331
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
Publication date: 03/06/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 318
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

James Bohn, New Bedford, Massachusetts, is a composer and scholar on the faculty at Stonehill College and Bridgewater State University. His music has been performed internationally as well as throughout the United States and has appeared on several recording labels. He is the author of numerous articles and a book on composer Lejaren Hiller.

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Music in Disney's Animated Features: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to The Jungle Book 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
bookwomen37 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book. The author covers the beginning of the Disney films to more recent films. I really enjoyed hearing all the stories behind the films and the music, music that was used and music that was not used. Also included is background biographies of many of the composers. The author does get technical in some spots but the casual reader will still enjoy the book. Enjoy While Whistling a Tune