A composer's brilliant study on how Walt Disney revolutionized the use of music in film
In Music in Disney's Animated
Features James Bohn investigates
how music functions in Disney
animated films and identifies
several vanguard techniques used in
them. In addition he also presents a
history of music in Disney animated
films, as well as biographical
information on several of the Walt
Disney Studios' seminal composers.
The popularity and critical acclaim of Disney animated
features truly is built as much on music as it is on animation.
Beginning with Steamboat Willie and continuing through all of the
animated features created under Disney's personal supervision,
music was the organizing element of Disney's animation. Songs
establish character, aid in narrative, and fashion the backbone
of the Studios' movies from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
through The Jungle Book and beyond.
Bohn underscores these points while presenting a detailed
history of music in Disney's animated films. The book includes
research done at the Walt Disney Archives as well as materials
gathered from numerous other facilities. In his research of the Studios'
notable composers, Bohn includes perspectives from family
members, thus lending a personal dimension to his presentation
of the magical Studios' musical history. The volume's numerous
musical examples demonstrate techniques used throughout the
Studios' animated classics.
James Bohn, New Bedford, Massachusetts, is a composer and
scholar on the faculty at Stonehill College and Bridgewater State
University. His music has been performed internationally as well
as throughout the United States and has appeared on several
recording labels. He is the author of numerous articles and a book
on composer Lejaren Hiller.
288 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 58 musical examples, 12 b&w illustrations, 5 tables, foreword, bibliography, index