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Kiss the Blood Off My HandsOn Classic Film Noir$
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Robert Miklitsch

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038594

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038594.001.0001

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Disney Noir

Disney Noir

“Just Drawn That Way”

(p.99) 5 Disney Noir
Kiss the Blood Off My Hands

J. P. Telotte

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines the impact of noir aesthetic in the work of the Walt Disney Studio, which produced some of the most pointedly noir-styled cartoons of the period. The most notable of these cartoons is a series of Donald Duck films: Donald's Crime (1945), Duck Pimples (1945), and The Trial of Donald Duck (1948). These cartoons show how deeply a noir aesthetic had penetrated American culture, for they repeatedly plunge Disney's top star of the period not into the world of oversaturated colors that Disney had pioneered in American animation, or musical-style narratives in which the studio had lately starred him, but into a consistently dark, strangely composed, and highly subjective realm.

Keywords:   noir aesthetic, Walt Disney Studio, noir-styled cartoons, Donald Duck, American animation

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