Seven Minutes: The Life And Death Of The American Animated Cartoon by Norman M. KleinSeven Minutes: The Life And Death Of The American Animated Cartoon by Norman M. Klein

Seven Minutes: The Life And Death Of The American Animated Cartoon

byNorman M. Klein

Paperback | May 17, 1996

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Seven Minutes is a social and aesthetic history of the “controlled anarchy” of the cartoon, from the first talking Mickeys to the demise of Warners and MGM theatrical productions in 1960. Norman M. Klein follows the scrambling graphics and upside-down ballet of Fleischer’s Betty Boop, Popeye, Superman of the Wolfie cartoons by Tex Avery, of the Bugs and Daffy, Tweetie and Roadrunner cartoons from Warners, of full animation at Disney, of the “whiteness of Snow White”, and of how Mickey Mouse became a logo. Reviewing the graphics, scripts and marketing of each era, he discovers the links between cartoons and live action movies, newspapers, popular illustration, and the entertainment architecture coming out of Disneyland. Klein shows that the cartoon was a perverse juggling act, invaded constantly by economic and political pressures, by marketing for sound, by licensing characters to stave off bankruptcies, by Prohibition, the Great Depression, World War II and the first wave of television.
Norman M. Klein is a critic and historian of mass culture, editor of Fragile Moments: A History of Media-Induced Experience, and author of Seven Minutes: The Life and Death of the American Animated Cartoon from Verso. He teaches at the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles.
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Title:Seven Minutes: The Life And Death Of The American Animated CartoonFormat:PaperbackDimensions:292 pages, 11 × 8.3 × 0.6 inPublished:May 17, 1996Publisher:Verso Books

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'A genuine depth of knowledge, prodigious research, breath of ambition and sheer love of cartoondoom leap from every page. Norman Klein has written a volume which should be on every toon fan's bookshelf.' Sight and Sound

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“Norman Klein in his remarkable Seven Minutes: The Life and Death of the American Animated Cartoon has accomplished what is by no means a minor miracle ... the work is erudite, witty, comprehensive and just plain fun.”—Chuck Jones, Animation Director“A volume which should be on every toon fan’s bookshelf ... genuine food for thought with a mass of fascinating detail.”—Sight and Sound“This book is an important contribution to the history of American popular culture and a gold mine of suggestive insights into the inner workings of the cartoon business.”—American Historical Review