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Funny Pictures : Animation and Comedy in Studio-Era Hollywood, Hardback Book

Funny Pictures : Animation and Comedy in Studio-Era Hollywood Hardback

Edited by Daniel Goldmark, Charlie Keil


This collection of essays explores the link between comedy and animation in studio-era cartoons, from filmdom's earliest days through the twentieth century.

Written by a who's who of animation authorities, "Funny Pictures" offers a stimulating range of views on why animation became associated with comedy so early and so indelibly, and illustrates how animation and humor came together at a pivotal stage in the development of the motion picture industry.

To examine some of the central assumptions about comedy and cartoons and to explore the key factors that promoted their fusion, the book analyzes many of the key filmic texts from the studio years that exemplify animated comedy. "Funny Pictures" also looks ahead to show how this vital American entertainment tradition still thrives today in works ranging from The Simpsons to the output of Pixar.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 344 pages, 30 b-w photographs
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Animated films
  • ISBN: 9780520267237



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