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Bruno Bozzetto's: Allegro Non Troppo (1977)

Maurizio Nichetti , Maurizio Micheli , Bruno Bozzetto , Guido Manuli  |  PG |  DVD
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  • Actors: Maurizio Nichetti, Maurizio Micheli, Marialuisa Giovannini, Néstor Garay, Mirella Falco
  • Directors: Bruno Bozzetto, Guido Manuli
  • Writers: Maurizio Nichetti, Bruno Bozzetto, Guido Manuli
  • Producers: Bruno Bozzetto
  • Format: Animated, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Homevision
  • DVD Release Date: February 3, 2004
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00014NE6M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,148 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bruno Bozzetto's: Allegro Non Troppo" on IMDb

Special Features

  • New transfer and subtitles
  • The Best of Bruno Bozzetto: 10 short films (Baby Story, Sigmund, Grasshoppers, Striptease, Self Service, A Life in a Tin, Big Bang, Dancing, Baeus, Mister Tao)
  • "The World of Bozzetto" Italian TV documentary

Editorial Reviews

In a riot of color and music, master animator Bruno Bozzetto offers his irreverent tribute to Disney’s Fantasia. Transcending parody, this erotic, satiric, and delirious animated feature represents Bozzetto’s vision of the world. In six distinct episodes, fantastic cartoon creatures march, slither, and bounce to the classical rhythms of Debussy, Dvorak, Ravel, Sibelius, Vivaldi, and Stravinsky. Perhaps most entrancing is the visualization of Ravel’s "Bolero," in which the dregs of a Coke® bottle set forth a frenzied animal evolution across a surreal landscape. Maurizio Nichetti (The Icicle Thief, Volere Volare) stars in the equally wild live-action sequences that introduce each piece. For many critics, Allegro non troppo matches or surpasses the imagination and technique of Disney’s masterpiece.

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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Prisney did this? August 14, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Allegro Non Troppo. The title is Italian for a musical instruction in classical music. Literally translated, it means "cheerful, not too much"
The b&w live action segments, which take place in the beginning and inbetween animation, feature a young presenter, who tells us proudly, "This show is destined for immortality. Music interpreted in cartoons." He then says the movie is called Fantasia, only to get a phone call, at which he's clearly embarrassed. "They've say some guy already made this picture, a certain Crisney, Prisney, an American." Which he doesn't believe. The rough and brutal conductor has more the manner of the local butcher, and the orchestra, consisting of old women in their 60's through 80's, are fearful of him, as is the animator, a mild-mannered man with a balding but flowing haircut that makes him look more like an 18th century composer. His creations make the old ladies applaud, laugh, and cry. There's a funny segment involving a gorilla (don't ask) and him doing the Russian kalinka dance.
The first is Claude Debussy's Prelude a l'Apres-midi d'un faune, which traces the repeated attempts of an aging, pudgy satyr to have one of the beautiful, nude and nubile women for himself. Debussy did write this dreamy work harkening back to the idyllic paganism of Greece. I was surprised my parents let me see this when I was nine(!)
Antonin Dvorak's Slavic Dance No. 7 tells the story of a man who moves from his cave-dwelling neighbours to live alone, only to have his actions imitated by the neighbours. Frustrated, he constructs a different house, only to be imitated by the mindless crowd. Their imitative actions give him an idea.
The next two segments are stand head and shoulders above the others.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Allegro Non Troppo - Shines!!! June 9, 2003
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Many many years ago, I saw this film and I was absolutely transfixed. This film cannot helped be compared to Fantasia because they mention this themselves. But what sets this film apart is it's absolutely brilliant interpetations, in animated form, of these wonderful classical pieces that don't get as much attention as the ones Fantasia made popular amongst the general public. And there is one classical piece, above all, that was so brilliantly interpeted that it STILL stands out as one of the most moving pieces ever to be put on screen and that is the "Valse Triste" segment set to the music of Sibelius. Don't get me wrong, Disney's "clean" animation of Fantasia is a wonderful film, but none of it's segment moved me as much as Valse Triste. And I think it's free form, scruby, it's understated color use and none heavy handed animation fits BRILLIANTLY here. You don't feel you are watching an animation, you feel as you are watching a painter, with each stroke, visualize the musical note of this wonderful classical piece. You get to see the abandon cat go from fantasy, reality, fantasy, that you wish you could adopt the poor cartoon kitty. If you are a teacher of music, especially classical, get this film and show it to your students, if they are not moved, then nothing will moved them. This is the type of stuff that stays with you for YEARS and I guarantee you will be the better for it.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Exactly the Same Movie You Remember from 1977 October 25, 2007
If you are one of those people who buys into the mostly-USAian delusion that all animation should be fluffy bunnies and Care Bears and suitable for even the youngest children, this is not a DVD for you.

If you're interested in this movie due to fondly remembering it from its 1977 US theatrical release, be warned that - as "Leon" is a different film from its original edited/softened US release as "The Professional" - this is a different, more European film.

Ten minutes have been restored, and they're mostly or all in the live-action framing sequences - bits that were cut for the original US release because they were too earthy or potentially "offensive" for any of a number of reasons. The animated sequences, are just as brilliant as you probably remember. The film is presented here in its original Italian, with subtitles available.

The image is clean and the sound clear.

Responding to a few things in earlier reviews:

First: The "director" in the framing sequence doesn't say they're going to *call* the film "Fantasia" - he says it will *be* "a fantasia", which, according to the dictionary is:

1. Music.
a. a composition in fanciful or irregular form or style.
b. a potpourri of well-known airs arranged with interludes and florid embellishments.

2. {Literature} an imaginative or fanciful work, esp. one dealing with supernatural or unnatural events or characters: "The stories of Poe are fantasias of horror."

3. something considered to be unreal, weird, exotic, or grotesque.

Every part of that definition pretty well covers some part of trhis film...
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant animation, pretty good satire October 16, 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
It's okay to like Fantasia and Allegro non troppo too. But they're not the same, which makes the satire of Disney so funny, especially after 20 years of massive Disney expansionism.
Animating music, which is inherently abstract, is always a risk. However, if you aren't too worried about everything being pretty (like in Fantasia), this film will work for you. How can you tell? If you're still dry-eyed after watching the Sibelius Walse triste sequence, there's something wrong with you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Valse Triste!
I love two segments of this movie so much that I probably love it more than Fantasia!
Published 3 days ago by Joseph Weir
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Published 1 month ago by Jaclyn B. Spitzer
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
It says for regions "All Regions" but it doesn't work in any of my DVD players.
Published 1 month ago by mbratch
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This knocks Disney's Fantasia into a cocked hat!
Published 1 month ago by Robert Ward
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful parody !!!
One of my all time favorites!

Would love to see criterion release it. Ranges from funny (slavic dances) to thoughtful (Ravel's Bolero) to sad (Valse triste). Read more
Published 2 months ago by Great Movie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by Monique
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Back in my teens, I watched this movie in Tokyo.
Fortunately I reunited with this masterpiece after so many years and everything is as good as it used to be.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent product
I found it most satisfactory, particularly whe i played it on my edison phonograph. Though indistinct i could feel the sincerity of real film making as the needle scratched a... Read more
Published 4 months ago by David McCubbin
2.0 out of 5 stars did not work on dvd
did not work on dvd player. worked on my computer. fun movie to was as i remembered it sad and funny.
Published 6 months ago by paul halterman
4.0 out of 5 stars Weird and wacky
I saw this in on the big screen when it came out. The scenes with the filmmaker, musicians, etc., get a little tedious and could have been shortened; it is sooooo Italian. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Gene Fellner
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