A pop music video is a form of media containing incongruous surrealistic imagery with a narrative structure supplied by song lyrics. The lyrics' presence allows filmmakers to digress from sequential imagery through introduction of nonlinear visual elements. I will analyze these surrealist film elements through several post-modern philosophies to better understand how this animated audio-visual synthesis resides in the larger world of art theory and its relationship to the popular music video. This analysis coincides with the practical and theoretical experimentation evident in the film companion to this thesis, Slapper the Cat: A Musical Cartoon. A long-form animated music video with a satirical take on elitism, this film's artistic and comedic influences form a bricolage through the use of signs outside of their originating context. I designed and recorded all music and voices along with visuals in the "total artwork" style. The forthcoming analysis in this thesis shall also delineate the ideological characteristics of the cinema spectator and the connection between mediums. Elements of Slapper will be contextualized to illuminate the concept of high versus low art, success, and openness to innovation. Finally, this writing and accompanying film aspire to reveal the positive potentials for synergistic audio-visual experiences.
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Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
College of Arts and Humanities
School of Visual Arts and Design
Emerging Media; Animation and Visual Effects
Length of Campus-only Access
Masters Thesis (Open Access)
McCabe, Daniel, "Incongruous Surrealism within Narrative Animated Film" (2021). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2020-. 529.