The Singing Voice in Contemporary Cinema - Diane Hughes

The Singing Voice in Contemporary Cinema - Diane Hughes

'You’ve Got a Friend in Me': Singing Voices in the Toy Story Films

The Singing Voice in Contemporary Cinema - Diane Hughes

Natalie Lewandowski
Macquarie University
Penny Spirou [+-]
Australian Film, Television & Radio School
Dr Penny Spirou is Student Learning Support Manager at AFTRS (Australian Film, Television & Radio School). Her research has been published in journals including Comedy Studies, Celebrity Studies, and Studies in Australasian Cinema. Most recently Penny has published book chapters in Singing Death (2017) and Music in Comedy Television (2017).


This volume focuses on the singing voice in contemporary cinema from 1945 to the present day, and rather than being restricted to one particular genre, considers how the singing voice has helped define and/or confuse genre classification. Typically heard in song, the singing voice is arguably the most expressive of all musical instruments. This volume celebrates the ways in which singing features in film. This includes the singing voice as protagonist, as narrator, as communicator, as entertainer, and as comedic interlude. Whether the singing voice in film is personally expressive, reflexive and distant, or synchronized for entertainment, there is typically interplay between the voice and visual elements. Extending beyond the body of literature on ‘the musical’, the volume is not about musicals per se. Rather, The Singing Voice in Contemporary Cinema discusses the singing voice as a distinct genre that focuses on the conceptualization and synchronization of the singing voice in the post-War era. It explores the relationship between screen, singing, singer and song; it celebrates the intersection of the singing voice and popular culture. In doing so, the volume will cross multiple disciplines including vocal studies, film studies, film sound studies, and music production (vocal processing).

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Lewandowski, Natalie; Spirou, Penny. 'You’ve Got a Friend in Me': Singing Voices in the Toy Story Films. The Singing Voice in Contemporary Cinema. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Oct 2020. ISBN 9781781791127. Date accessed: 16 Jul 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.35467. Oct 2020

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