Hearing stars: popular feature length animation and the celebrity voice

Davidson, E., 2005. Hearing stars: popular feature length animation and the celebrity voice. PhD, Nottingham Trent University.

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The thesis begins with the observation that all popular feature length animation films released since 1989 contain at least one example of the 'celebrity voice'. The thesis defines the celebrity voice as an incidence when well known films stars and/or popular celebrity figures provide the off-screen voices for the film's animated characters.

While one of the central concerns of the thesis is to locate the celebrity voice as a defining characteristic of the popular feature length film format since 1989, the main preoccupation of the thesis is to explore the relationship between celebrity and voice. The majority of existing work addressing the star image and persona tends to examine and analyse film stars from a visual perspective. Little work exists that attempts to understand the role and function of the voice in contributing to a star's screen presence.

Drawing upon a methodology accessed from the field of phonetics, and through a series of case studies, the thesis demonstrates the important role played by the voice in the construction of star meaning.

The celebrity voice, as it is heard in popular feature length animation film, becomes a crucial site of enquiry, presenting an original opportunity to reveal a previously unrecognised series of inter-connections between the film star, the body, and the voice.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Davidson, E.
Date: 2005
ISBN: 9781369324389
Divisions: Schools > School of Arts and Humanities
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 12 Nov 2020 11:28
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2023 10:43
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/41631

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