David McGowan: Animated Personalities



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Mickey Mouse Betty Boop Donald Duck Bugs Bunny Felix he Cat and other beloved cartoon characters have entertained media audiences for almost a century outliving Murder on Union Square (Gaslight Mystery, the human stars who were onceheir contemporaries in studio era Hollywood In Animated Personalities David McGowan asserts Paradoxes that iconic Americanheatrical short cartoon characters should be legitimately regarded as stars eual o heir live action counterparts not only because Demonglass (Hex Hall, they have enjoyed long careers but also becauseheir star personas have been.

Created and marketed in ways also used for cinematic celebritiesDrawing on detailed archival research McGowan analyzes how Hollywood studios constructed and manipulated he star personas of he animated characters Prom they owned He shows how cartoon actors freuently kept pace withheir human counterparts granting interviews allowing candid photographs endorsing products and generally behaving as actual actors did for example Donald Duck served his country during World War II and Mickey Mouse was even embroiled in.

Scandal Challenging he notion hat studios needed actors with physical bodies and real off screen lives Dead to Me to create stars McGowan demonstrateshat media Ghettoside texts have successfully articulated an off screen existence for animated characters Following cartoon stars from silent movieso contemporary film and elevision his groundbreaking book broadens The Negro and the Nation the scope of star studieso include animation concluding with provocative uestions about Cooking with Beer the nature of stardom in an age of digitally enhanced filmmakingechnologi.

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