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Review of Goldmark, Daniel. 2005. Tunes for 'Toons: Music and the Hollywood Cartoon. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press.

McQuiston, Kate

Daniel Goldmark's monograph, the first on music in cartoons, will interest
both a popular and scholarly readership. Tunes for 'Toons offers lively
description, analysis, and history, and it makes a tremendous contribution
to the scholarly literature by illuminating the working processes and
creative tendencies of composers, as well as by unpacking the codes and
systems behind cartoons that use familiar classical music and others that
use jazz. Goldmark's attention to the industry of animation, his effective
use of documentary materials, and his evident enthusiasm for the subject
all enhance his work. Useful to anyone interested in the hows and whys of
cartoon scoring (especially fans of Merrie Melodies and Tom and Jerry), the
book provides rich analyses of individual cartoons, and these interpretations
serve as models for understanding other undiscussed cartoons.



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