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date: 21 July 2019

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This article appears in the Oxford Handbook of New Audiovisual Aesthetics edited by John Richardson, Claudia Gorbman, and Carol Vernallis. Contemporary animated films are not the cartoons of yore. For the sound designer, an advantage of working on animated films today is the opportunity for early collaboration between sound designer and animators. The sound designer must consider the appropriateness of sound mix with visual style: “Each film calls for its own sound design aesthetic.” Coraline and recent animated films by Robert Zemeckis choose simplicity (no elaborate background, no complex layering of sounds) to match the storytelling. The Incredibles and Bolt have complex, multilayered sound; the point in each case is to achieve clarity.

Keywords: Animated films, cartoon, sound design, sound effects, Robert Zemeckis, Coraline, The Incredibles, Bolt

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