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Everything posted by drsax61

  1. In the late 50's, thru the 60's and 70's musicals were animated, televised and designed for kids. Here is 6 lists to show the point: FAMILY MOVIE MUSICALS Hans Christian Anderson Loesser 1952 Pied Piper of Hamlin Grieg 1957 Mary Poppins Sherman/Sherman 1964 Dr. Doolittle Bricusse 1967 Oliver! Bart 1968 Scrooge Bricusse 1970 Tom Sawyer Sherman/Sherman 1973 Huck Finn Sherman/Sherman 1974 Old Curiosity Shop (aka Quilp) Elmer Bernstein 1975 The Slipper and the Rose Sherman/Sherman 1976 The Wiz Smalls 1978 Annie Strouse/Charnin 1982 Newsies Menken 1992 Hairspray Shaiman/Wittman 2007 Family CARTOON Musicals Snow White Churchill/Harline 1937 “Most” Disney cartoons 1937-2018 Gulliver’s Travels V. Young 1939 Dumbo Churchill/Watson 1941 Gay Purree Arlen/Harburg 1962 An American Tale Horner 1986 All Dogs Go to Heaven Burns 1989 The Swan Princess Azevedo 1994 Ananstasia Newman/Flahrety/Ahrens 1997 FAMILY TV MUSICALS Peter Pan Styne/Comden/Green 1954 Cinderella Rodgers/Hammerstein 1957 The Littlest Angel Howard 1969 KID MOVIE MUSICALs Mad Monster Party Bass/Laws 1967 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Sherman/Sherman (book Ian Fleming) 1968 Pufnstuf (Charles Fox/Gimbel) 1970 Willy Wonka Bricusse/Newley 1971 Bugsy Malone Paul Williams 1976 KID TV ANIMATION MUSICALS Mr. Magoo‘s Xmas Carol Styne/Merrill 1962 Charlie Brown’s Xmas Guaraldi 1965 How the Grinch Stole Xmas Hague/Seuss 1966 The Phantom Tollbooth Pockriss/Gimbel 1970 Rankin/Bass stop motion musicals: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Bass/Laws 1964 Smokey the Bear Johnny Marks 1966 Frosty Bass/Laws 1969 Santa Claus is Coming to Town Bass/Laws 1970 Peter Cottontail Bass/Laws 1971 KID TV MUSICALS High School Musical #1,2,3 Lawrence 2006
  2. I worked a few years ago at the Austin (tx) airport, and Jerry would frequently travel through the concourse, He wore a jacket with his Wizard of Oz identity on it and loved to meet people, specially kids. A fine fellow and will be missed
  3. I read Dr. Ament's case of Shirley Jones, and here is my personal interaction with The Artful Dodger of Oliver! The Day I Grew Up.docx
  4. I have been a admirer of Musicals, both movie and Broadway for most of my life. In college I was enlightened to the fact it was Oscar Hammerstein II that started the trend to write lyrics that were inclusive to the plot and moved the story forward. Show Boat with Jerome Kern was the first musical which had lyrics that were essential to the plot of the show. Later it was the trademark of the the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical that each song was integrated in the story, starting with Oklahoma. Not to lessen the craft or beauty of say Cole Porter, Each R and H song added shades to the palette of the picture painted in that musical. Previously, most musicals had great tunes just inserted to break up the story. Example, from Kiss Me Kate where the song Wunderbar is introduced as two lovers reminiscing about their past life and meeting at a bar, the Wunderbar. Hammerstein was key in writing lyric to move the story forward. He always championed the role of lyricist during his lifetime. At the opening night party of Show Boat, admiring throngs applauded Kern and Hammerstein as they entered the party. The crowd yelled to hear "That great new Kern song, Old Man River again." As the crowd started to buzz, Mrs. Hammerstein was noted to say loudly, No, Let's hear that great new Kern song, Dum dum da dum". Hammerstein was the muse of most who wrote lyric after him.
  5. What other aspects of battle of the sexes do you see indicated in this clip or in the film Top Hat? I liked how in the clip, he starts dancing, then she joins as if to challenge. she mirrors his hands and arms, but the two never embrace to they do very fast swing together. How does this film distinguish itself from other Depression era musicals we have watched or discussed this week? The fact that money is not really discusssed or even that the garden covered patio is bigger than most apartments or houses of the day. What possible reasons might there be for the changes in roles between men and women depicted in these screwball comedy musicals that distinguish themselves from earlier musicals in the 1930s? To show that women could be strong and independant, screwball comedies made sure to feature women whose lifetime goal was NOT to be a wife and kept woman.Even the 1971 movie "What's Up Doc" portrays the woman as vastly more worldly and educated than the Music Professor. She has come into her adulthood by her own volition.
  6. What do you notice about the Lubitsch touch? How do the props, the dialogue, and the staging help you understand the character of Alfred (Maurice Chevalier)? By just the fact Alfred breaks the fourth wall and makes his inner thoughts known, he is shown as a cad, never taking the events seriously. The drawer full of pistols he deposits the current pistol in, shows cavlier attitude of..."oh another one for the collection". Based on this scene, what are some of the things you notice about the scene’s use of sound? Describe a specific sound or line of dialogue you hear and what you think it adds to the scene’s effectiveness. I found it interesting that to give it a Parisian feel, the woman never speaks in any language but French. Renaud (fox) must clearify all of her thoughts. What themes or approaches might you anticipate from this clip in other Depression-era musicals? There is the extremely large room(s) which is kept spotless, heightening the effect of escapism from the daily lives of the viewer. The clothes are clean pressed suits, presented as standard day wear by all the characters. The main character of Renaud has no real cares of his churlishness, even having his impeccable man servant hint incognito he is in a vat of trouble.
  7. What do you notice about the interaction between the characters in these two scenes? Please give specific examples. The most basic disernable interaction is that both pay full attention to the singing of the other. It does speak of romantic tension between the two of them. If you have seen either or both of these actors in other films or television shows, please share your perceptions about them. I have not seen other movies with them What do these clips tell you about the male/female relationships as they are depicted in the films during this era? What norms might you expect are supported under the Hollywood Film Code? With the use of operatic voices, the film raises bar to what was known at the time as "long hair" music. The use of operatically trained voices added a level of education and social elevation. Just as in the "Jazz Singer" pop music styles were considered low brow as opposed to music of the synagog, or cantorship. The raised level of music is equivilent to more gentile relationship of the male and female.
  8. Dudley Moore playing piano of his arrangement of "It's Easy" in the movie "10"
  9. A bit of trivia...1776 has the longest section of musical with no music.. over 30 minutes.
  10. I love Hollywood musicals as well Broadway musicals. It was 1985 that I was introduced my favorite musical of all time, Sweeney Todd. Sondheim in my opinion is the greatest writer of modern musicals. Sweeney Todd has to me the most perfect moment for musical tension, the scene where Todd has a razor to the judges throat, and extends his revenge by singing Pretty Women. I have a book of interviews of musical composers. By far over 80% respond to the question which musical do they wish they'ld have written with Sweeney Todd. I believe the inevitability of fate, the fact that one second change of time would grant all characters a happy ending...is phenomenal.
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