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The reason why musicals are less popular now, or more prolific back in the first half of the century is pretty long, but hopefully engaging and interesting. It certainly was to me when I studied it. There are tons of academic books written about the downfall of musicals, but here's the short(er) version: Musicals (along with Westerns) were very much a ...


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The major factor will be whether the director is happy with the voice actor's singing voice. Speaking lines of dialogue and singing songs are two different skill sets and people who are good at one are not always so good at the other. Two examples from Disney would be the characters Jasmine and Mulan. Linda Larkin voiced Jasmine and in most critics' opinion, ...


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As mentioned on Wikipedia, it is The Jazz Singer. The Jazz Singer is a 1927 American musical film. The first feature-length motion picture with synchronized dialogue sequences, its release heralded the commercial ascendance of the "talkies" and the decline of the silent film era. Directed by Alan Crosland and produced by Warner Bros. with its Vitaphone ...


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THE JAZZ SINGER (1927) was intended to be a silent film that would showcase the Al Jolson musical numbers and otherwise would have a recorded musical accompaniment. Al Jolson ad-libbed some unscripted lines like "You ain't heard nothing yet!", which made the film a sensation. There had been talking short films before using the Vitaphone disk system (usually ...


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It's mostly just the Disney style. Disney makes more animated movies than just the princess ones. A few examples: Pinnochio has songs and no princesses. The Jungle Book has songs and no princesses (except for that human girl at the end who doesn't speak/sing on screen). Peter Pan has songs, but Tinkerbell (not a princess), Nana (a dog,) and Tiger Lily (...


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Almost all movies derived from stage musicals will add at least one original song, the objective being to make it eligible for an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Score. In recent memory, Beauty and the Beast did this, as did Les Miserables and Into the Woods. The new Wicked movie will have original songs as well. It's actually difficult to find ...


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Sometimes the reverse can happen to where the director is happy with the singing performance but not with the acting performance. Nightmare Before Christmas comes to mind. Danny Elfman the composer wanted to play Jack and Tim Burton was very happy with his singing but didn't feel the dialogue was flowing well so he kept Elfman as the singing voice, but ...


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The plot summary you provide would describe practically every musical ever made, and musicals contain singing and dancing by definition. A very high proportion of movies, let alone musicals, consist of: boy meets girl boy loses girl boy gets girl. You've left out most of the actual plot of Cover Girl. It would be a more interesting question if all ...


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Depending on the age of the children being targeted there could be a few reasons... Babies & Toddlers For younger children various studies have shown that listening to music can help their development. For example, singing songs teaches children about language such as how it is put together. When singing, words and phrases are slower and are easier to ...


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I think the decline and fall of the movie musical goes back to the events of 1948, when the studios were forced to divest themselves of their theatre chains. Until that happened, the big studios almost never had a movie that lost money, because they could regulate where and how often it was shown. You didn't need a lot of money to chase after the audience's ...


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Many of these movies have children as a main target audience. Children like to sing or hear singing when they are being entertained. Sesame Street used that to great effect. And I am sure there are other children's programs that choose that format to keep children's attention.


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It's a relatively modern trend. In the 19th century, a night at the opera was the thing adults would do; and in fact, in some cases, a visit to the theatre actually strayed far more into the other meaning of "adult entertainment" (actresses were not considered the most virtuous of persons). There was a progressive shift toward making musicals more family-...


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Depending on your definition of what criteria is involved in making a music video...I would say: Carnival Night in Paris (1927). Music videos have been around since film added sound. The first music videos were filmed in New York, and called Vitaphone shorts. Carnival Night in Paris was produced by Warner Bros. It was the first foray into this field. Music ...


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