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Tunes for 'ToonsMusic and the Hollywood Cartoon$
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Daniel Goldmark

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780520236172

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520236172.001.0001

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“You Really Do Beat the Shit out of That Cat”

“You Really Do Beat the Shit out of That Cat”

Scott bradley's (Violent) Music for Mgm

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(p.44) 2 “You Really Do Beat the Shit out of That Cat”
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Tunes for 'Toons
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Daniel Goldmark

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520236172.003.0003

Before interest in Carl Stalling's music surged in the late 1980s, most of the critical writing on music and cartoons focused on Scott Bradley. During his almost twenty-five years of composing cartoons for MGM (1934–1957), Bradley not only made a name for himself as a composer but also developed a unique composing style that became highly influential in his own time and afterward. Though the stories of the MGM cartoons are often quite generic, they have a unique signature: violent action sequences combined with Bradley's illustrative approach to musical scoring. The penchant for extreme cartoon violence appears to have originated at the MGM studio during a time that America was involved in an unprecedented global conflict. Bradley took great pride in composing music for animated films, expressing high hopes for the future of cartoon music and of animation in general, and, as the sole composer for one of the major Hollywood animation studios, believed he could bring about change in his small corner of the industry.

Keywords:   Scott Bradley, Carl Stalling, cartoons, cartoon music, Hollywood, MGM, violence, musical scoring, animation, animated films

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