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Palgrave Animation

DreamWorks Animation

Intertextuality and Aesthetics in Shrek and Beyond

Authors: Summers, Sam

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  • Fills an important gap in animation studies by analysing the work of Dreamworks, a major and yet overlooked studio
  • Contributes to the study of stars, film music, genre, comedy and intertextuality theory by applying their approaches to the unique case studies presented by computer animated features
  • Develops a theoretical framework to conceive of the intertextual pop culture references in Dreamworks films which characterise their approach to humour
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DreamWorks is one of the biggest names in modern computer-animation: a studio whose commercial success and impact on the medium rivals that of Pixar, and yet has received far less critical attention.The book will historicise DreamWorks’ contribution to feature animation, while presenting a critical history of the form in the new millennium. It will look beyond the films’ visual aesthetics to assess DreamWorks’ influence on the narrative and tonal qualities which have come to define contemporary animated features, including their use of comedy, genre, music, stars, and intertextuality. It makes original interventions in the fields of film and animation studies by discussing each of these techniques in a uniquely animated context, with case studies from Shrek, Antz, Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar, Shark Tale, Bee Movie, Trolls and many others. It also looks at the unusual online afterlife of these films, and the ways in which they have been reappropriated and remixed by subversive online communities.


About the authors

Sam Summers lectures in animation history and theory at Middlesex University, UK, specialising in computer animation, aesthetics, intertextuality and the Hollywood animation industry. As well as publishing several articles and book chapters on these topics, he is the co-editor of Toy Story: How Pixar Reinvented the Animated Feature (2018).

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
DreamWorks Animation
Book Subtitle
Intertextuality and Aesthetics in Shrek and Beyond
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Animation
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-36851-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-36851-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-36850-0
Series ISSN
2523-8086
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 233
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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