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Race and Space in Egyptian Melodies

by Nicholas Sammond

Walt Disney Productions' 1931 Egyptian Melodies is an excellent example of the new spatial orientations and practices that the transition to sound film encouraged. It plays extensively with the relationship between the two-dimensional space of cartooning and the imagined three-dimensional space of sound cinema. But it does this by linking the exotic locale of the Egyptian pyramid with the exotic sounds of jazz orchestration...thus heightening the sense of the famiiar made strange.

Egyptian Melodies

A Disney cartoon short from the early 1930s plays on jazz and space.

from Egyptian Melodies (1931)
Creator: Ub Iwerks
Distributor: Walt Disney Productions
Posted by Nicholas Sammond
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