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Drawn to Sound

Animation Film Music and Sonicity


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Animation films are widely consumed in the general population and the study of animation films has blossomed. But music and sound are often marginalized, despite the significance of music, voice talent, sound design and effects for both the films and their marketing. "Drawn to Sound" unpacks animation film sound and music tracks, and contextualises them within the screen and music industries. Focusing on feature-length, widely-distributed films released in the post-WW2 period, the book highlights work from key centres of animation production, such as USA, UK and Japan, significant studios including Disney, Aardman Animation and Studio Ghibli, and major auteurs like Tim Burton. Chapters by animation experts such as Paul Wells and Daniel Goldmark and by film music authorities including Philip Hayward, Ian Inglis and Janet Halfyard offer international perspectives on the history and aesthetics of music and sound in animation film. Contributions from authors in Japan, Australia, England, USA and Canada explore animation soundtracks, their creators and their production approaches. Different disciplinary perspectives from music, media, cultural and animation studies offer models for future analysis. As the first of its kind, this anthology is an invaluable resource for students, teachers and researchers in film, animation, music and media studies.

Author Biography

Rebecca Coyle has published widely on film music and sound in journals, book chapters and publications including Reel Tracks: Australian Film Music and Cultural Identities (John Libbey, UK). She is currently leading an Australian Research Council grant examining the film music industry, and teaches in the Media program at Southern Cross University, Australia.
Release date Australia
June 3rd, 2010
Edited by Rebecca Coyle
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations, charts, music
Equinox Publishing Ltd
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