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date: 26 October 2020

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This chapter provides a historical account of animated films and their music. It describes the variety of early studio practices, the centrality of production for music, and the effects of technological changes after 1950. It compares Disney’s Steamboat Willie and The Fairly OddParents with the works of Pixar, which deliberately avoided making a musical in the Disney mold. This chapteralso suggests that while the score of Pixar’s animated films are rich, provoking, and complex as any live-action Hollywood film, they still dip into some good old-fashioned cartoonism.

Keywords: animated films, film music, technological changes, Disney, Steamboat Willie, The Fairly OddParents, Pixar, cartoonism

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