Music and Animation

(LO1:) I decided to research into animations and their music to see how they are currently being used together – how does the music influence the movement / character in that animation in their stories. In addition to maybe get a better idea of what music works best and really just to learn more about my brief.

(LO1:) This scene in Mulan is incredible for getting across this change in the character. The music changes from innocent and gentle to powerful and strong, as she makes her decision to replace her father in the Chinese army. The change occurs after we watch her look at the world she is in, including herself and then an extreme close up to where the music changes into this faster pace. The moment when she cuts her hair and the music reaches it’s climax and the ‘warrior’melody starts, is the commitment and true transformation.

The music represents bravery, masculinity from femininity and who Mulan is. Lastly, it is said that the Dragon (representative of the family name) passes into her when the music changes, she takes on the bravery (hence why the dragon cannot be awoken later on, he is already apart of her.) And so the dragon is in every shot of the animation. The music again reinforces Mulan’s change and plays apart of her putting on this mindset of choosing her own way, and becoming a man. She is one of the best female characters because she decides to take her own journey and this song and captures this.

(L01:) This scene from Spirited Away captures the sad meloncholy of Chihiro as she reflects and patiently waits to arrive at her destination. Ghibli films are known for their slow pacing which gives a realistic view. Having this time to look at the spirit world gives the audience the same time. I wanted to include this as it show how the character has changed with the music, when Chihiro first enters the spirit world the music is hectic but here it changes to the calm melody – she has grown from a bratty dependent child to an independent and brave girl who is going to save her friend. (L02:) This character has one of the best character development, I hope to capture this in my own FMP.

(L01:) This animation is depicting the said first Manga of Japan. It’s only 40 second long yet the atmosphere created by the music is jolly, cheerful and lively. The animation has a lot of life to it, capturing the human qualities in animations. The story is simple, a rabbit getting wet when raining and a frog sharing a leaf to help her. The music captures the light-hearted scene and who the characters; good and kind. The animation emphasizes further who the three characters are with their reactions to the rain.  I also like how non-complicated this scene is. It’s nice to keep it simple and still have such strong characters.

(LO1:) This music really captures the darkness of the scene and the eerie and scary feeling that the animation / story wants to portray. I like at the very end the music changes into one sweet note to finish on as it is revealed that the deadly potion is actually grandma’s stew.

(L01:) What I really like about the music in this video as it reinforces the motivation of the Acorn. It lets the audience share in this feeling – the music is slow and calm but changes as the weather does (2:11), the music follows the journey of the small acorn and his goal. It’s not the strongest music on this list but I just like how the music at times gently reinforces the story.

(L01:) The crayon dragon has very beautiful music which reflects the wonderful and magical world that the artist discovers. The music is inspiring and seems to represent exactly the emotion of the lead character. So as she get annoyed or mad, or inspired then the music changes with her. The climax of the music is when the dragon and her are most happiest and bond in this strange land. There is a sad violin at the end to show her sadness to the loss of her friend. I like how the music has so much emotion connected to the lead character.

(L01:) This music is very sad. It seems to follow the actions and emotions of the lead character again.  It’s slower, just as the animation pacing. But it’s nice to see the way in which the music can play apart of the visuals and adds to the sadness. It also creates tension and wonder at times.

(L01:) The animation uses a lot of strange sounds and pieces of music which I actually like, it’s not the usual melody that you would expect. And because the piece is very surreal and the character appears to be in a dream, the music works here. It’s nice to see how the animation transitions with the music too, especially when she falls into the canyon. It’s only 50 seconds too so its a good example of a short story.


(LO1:) Aside from looking into animation and music, I also have decided to include some examples of films that use music to impact the performances or influence them. To understand how music adds to a scene or creates character in feature films.

(LO1:) This scene from the film Love Actually is heartbreaking to watch – the music adds an extra layer to this sad scene. Although it has lyrics, the singer and music are very somber and reflect the way the character feels in that moment. The music appears like a monologue for Emma Thompson’s character. This crying scene is incredibly sad to watch because of the realism of the scene and stillness of Emma. I like the photographs contrast to the music. The music here is used to express how the character is truly feeling when she must conceal her tears from her children.

(L01:) Recently I watched the combination of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon alongside the Wizard of OZ film. My dad told me about how this album, when played over the film (exactly from the album, no editing), happens to match perfectly. And it’s true, I watched this on YouTube and the music seems to be telling the story and it’s characters. – The witch for instance, when she appears the music changes into a dark melody and, and when there is a hurricane then there are screams and hectic music. Throughout the music follows the characters. I really like how the music has such character to it. The characters can be imagined with this modern music alongside the old film.

(LO1:) The opening to Pride and Prejudice uses it’s music to set up a romantic tone for the film. The music reflects the era of the times but also the character and creates a theme. This classical English piano piece sets the time period. The music feels youthful and reminds me of spring / summer, lively and innocent. A very distinctive English sound. At the same time it’s reserved with a repeated tune, like the polite society of the time but also like Elizabeth (lead character) who is set in her ways, (pride) at the start of the film. In this one piece of music the audience are set up for the rest of the film to follow.

(LO1:) The Little Princess is about a girl living in India with her father, when the First World War occurs he takes her to a New York into a boarding school. When her father dies she must work at the school as a maid and live in the attic. In this magical scene the music represents India, India which gives the main character her power to continue. The music physically enters the room as it thrusts open the door to the outside and snow pours in. It’s a lovely scene as India and New York mix and she can find courage again / escape from her dreary reality.

(L01:) Jurassic park has one of the most incredible music soundtracks ever. But, In particular this moment of the film which is meant to amaze the audience as we see the dinosaurs from the past come to life (especially as an audience when this film was released, would be seeing very realistic dinosaurs for the first time.) The music feels magically and incredible, it feels like a fantasy (the fantasy appears to as these magical beasts, they are friendly and the fantasy appears wonderful…).

(LO1:) The music to introduce the lead character in ‘A Clockwork Orange‘ gives us the unsettling feeling, preparing for the experience we are about to watch. The character is a lunatic, sadistic, and threatening the music captures this. The low and twisted sounds, and the drumming creates a scary atmosphere couples with the close up of his creepy face, with a zoom out of the strange clothes and friends – we know not what is about to happen accept that it will be unsettling and weird.



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