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5.0 out of 5 stars mind-bending, 6 Jan 2014
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Leslie Gardner (london, england) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Hollywood Flatlands: Animation, Critical Theory and the Avant-garde (Paperback)
Leslie's book was unputdownable for me - the close interweave of how cartoons - their themes, and production, and culture - worked into history and European culture was rivetting. it is an entirely new take on popular culture that respects it as legit product, not only for the creators but for audience. Her knowledge of German philosophy, including Adorno and Benjamin, was informative and challenging - never will Felix the cat, Betty Boop or Mickey Mouse mean the same. Disney is critiqued within the context of what line and movement can do. splendid and encyclopedic with a light touch (some heavy spelling things out sometimes but this was good for balance). thrilling reading - totally recommend it for a fresh take on 'everyday' cartoons for adults and children. (Betty Boop as subversive - yes, yes.)
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