Analysis of good sound examples

The example of good sounds we were given yesterday was from the film Walle. This film has no speaking parts in the first 20minutes and the whole film does have a lot of dialog at all compared to other pixar films. Walle is one of my favourite films and I knew it was basically all about sound but I didn’t think other people agreed with me.

The two films I have chosen to write about is one Pixar short film called Day & Night and one Ukrainian Cartoon, which doesn’t have any speaking in it so it is all done on sound & music.

The first film I want to talk about is Day & Night

This short film by Pixar is about two characters that are opposites, they are drawn in 2D but within them you are about to see a 3D world that reflects the emotions of the characters. At first the characters don’t get along so they begin to fight and then once Night sees what Day has to offer (a girl on the beach) they stop fighting and show each other what the other has to offer e.g. Day – Rainbow, girls on the beach and radio. Night – fireworks, Vagas and films.

There is no talking in this short which make the music and sounds the element that the film is based around. The sounds depicted the characters emotions as well as contributing to the visual aid of what attractions they have during their times of the day. The sequence at the beginning is where Day wakes up and needs the toilet, instead of using the image of a toilet Pixar used the image of a waterfall which was one of the things that really interested me about this short film. Using the waterfall is enough of a symbolic reference to a toilet and then Day’s facial expression says the rest. Its a clever way of visually saying that nature is calling without saying a word. The other bit that really caught my attention was when Day and Night get angry at each other, you hear Night laughing – which is portrayed by ducks, Day gets angry – you hear wasps, Night gets angry – you hear crows and then when they start to fight you hear dogs barking. This is a really clever concept, this to me means that they maybe ‘human’ but they fight like animals in the wild when they are angry and the sounds of the animals add to this effect.

The second film is also a short film, only about 18 minutes long, and it is a Ukrainian cartoon. This is one of the cartoons I watched when I was young (and still watch now) and what I remember about them the most is their music because there is no dialog in these cartoons the music and sound had to be, and was, briliantly composed so the audience would understand what was going on. It doesn’t have an Enlish name so I’ll try my best to translate the name: When the Kozaks defeated the Pirates. A bit of background knowledge – These cartoons where made (this one was made in 1973) when Ukraine was under USSR rule so therefore it was illigal to speak, write, read, produce and communicate in Ukrainian. These cartoon were therefore “Russian” cartoons and that is why the title sequence is in Russian and not Ukrainian. 
http://www.veoh.com/swf/webplayer/WebPlayer.swf?version=AFrontend.5.7.0.1303&permalinkId=v357877HkdBhpkF&player=videodetailsembedded&videoAutoPlay=0&id=anonymous
(I hope you can see the video, if not here is the link Kozak cartoon)

This cartoon is about three Kozaks (Cossaks). In this particular cartoon the girls are kidnapped by Pirates and the Kozaks have to go after the Pirates to get the girls back. The Pirates stop off in various countries to steal various things (the countries they went to were: Greece, Egypt and India). The Kozaks go to where the Pirates are keeping the girls and trick them into going down a sharft and then the Kozaks bring the girls back home.

As there is not dialog in this cartoon music is key in keeping the pace going and to aid the audience in knowing whats going on. When the Pirates are in the scene the music is very fast and a bit like organised mess, a lot of trumpets and fast whistling as they steal things. This keeps the pace up and also creates tension and gives us a sense of worry from the girls that were kidnapped and the countries that were being robbed. When the Kozaks are in the scene the music is completely different, it is more relaxed and calming compared to the Pirates music. It shows that the Pirates don’t waste time, they think they must do things as fast as possible but the Kozaks take the laid back approach and they still get the job done. There is actually a political message with the music. As I’ve mentioned, when the Kozak cartoons were made Ukrainians basically weren’t allowed to be Ukrainians. Whenever the Kozaks are in the scene the music is Ukrainian, whenever the Pirates (or badies) are in the scene is music is Russian. Therefore it is a symbol of Ukraine’s oppression and pokes fun at the Russians for once.

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  1. December 2nd, 2011

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