Friday, December 30, 2011

7 MINUTES (1993, Norman Klein) *Incomplete

Klein, Norman, M., 7 Minutes The Life and Death of The American Animated Cartoon, London, New Left Books, 1993.

JPG / 15 MB / Eng / *Incomplete (I'm being honest here) / 1859841503 / 978-1859841501

I recomend you use the Gonvisor or similar to read this book.

A long Essay about the american seven-minute cartoon, starting with the coming of sound in 1928 till the death of the genre in the 60's.
Klein it's a confusing critic, very obscure at times... you may get lost with the terms and clasifications he uses. But if you read this book while you watch the cartoons he analyzes, it could be a fun experience. Some clever points combined with pure nuisance (sadly, this last is way more frequent).
Brilliant: Norman classifies the characters in cartoons in three essentials roles: The Over reactor (Yosemite Sam,Donald Duck); The nuissance (e.g.: Daffy, ); and The Controller (Bugs in Duck Amuck; sub role: The Censor: Grandma in Sylvester and Twetee; the Wizard in Fantasia or the black woman in Tom and Jerry); This roles will evolve and change throughout different periods but still stay recognizable.
I'll give a list of themes (because the chapter titles suck):
19th Century Illustration and The Vaudeville influence. A comic strip cartoon. The irreverence in earlier cartoons. Felix The Cat. The irruption of Disney's first sound shorts. Mickey Mouse The Fleischer Style: City, Machines and Madness. Betty Boop and Popeye. The Decline of New York. Merrie Melodies. The dramatic improvement of color. 1936, towards a movie-like "Full animation". Moral Melodrama: the cautionary cartoon. The Sadism period. The chase cartoon... and a little more

- The story development and the changes in Style through history.
- Koko the clown, Mickey Mouse, Bosko, Silly Symphonies, Looney Tunes, Superman, Mighty Mouse, Heckle and Jeckle, Woody Woodpecker,Tom and Jerry, Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, Porky, Daffy, Wile E. Coyote and The Roadrunner, Mr Magoo, Droopy, Wolfie, Barney Bear, Chilly Willy... And fortunately, many many more.
- Winsor McCay, Otto Messmer, Ub Iwerks, Max Fleischer, Willard Bowsky, Seymour Kneitel, Dave Tendlar, Grim Natwick, Friz Freleng, Tex Avery, Chuck Jones, Bob Clampett, William Hanna, Joseph Barbera, Walter Lantz, Walt Disney, Bill Melendez, Fred Moore, Frank Thomas, Ward Kimball, Marc Davis.
- The notes are at the end of the book, that's a bit anoying.

(by pelida77)

As I've always said, this files are intended to be use as a preview (also a kind of a back up... in case your house... gets burned?); So STOP BITCHING about the missing pages; a 75 % of the book is complete: most of the missing pages are from the notes section
(and finally...books can be bought, you know?)

Want to read this one? You could follow this link...

Happy New Year!!!