Fantasia (Special 60th Anniversary Edition)
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Groundbreaking on several counts, not the least of which was an innovative use of animation and stereophonic sound, this ambitious Disney feature has lost nothing to time since its release in 1940. Classical music was interpreted by Disney animators, r
Groundbreaking on several counts, not the least of which was an innovative use of animation and stereophonic sound, this ambitious Disney feature has lost nothing to time since its release in 1940. Classical music was interpreted by Disney animators, resulting in surreal fantasy and playful escapism. Leopold Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra provided the music for eight segments by the composers Tchaikovsky, Moussorgsky, Stravinsky, Beethoven, Ponchielli, Bach, Dukas, and Schubert. Not all the sequences were created equally, but a few are simply glorious, such as "Night on Bald Mountain," "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," and "The Nutcracker Suite." The animation ranges from subtly delicate to fiercely bold. The screen bursts with color and action as creatures transmute and convention is thrust aside. The painstaking detail and saturated hues are unique to this film, unmatched even by more advanced technology. --Rochelle O'Gorman
- A commentary by Walt Disney (created from rare archival interviews with Walt Disney, spanning three decades)
- A commentary by Roy E. Disney, maestro James Levine and John Canemaker, animation historian
- "The Making of Walt Disney's 'Fantasia'" featurette
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When I first saw it in the 1950's, it was mind-blowing. To this day, I cannot listen to the Pastoral Symphony without the images of the mythology going through my mind. While science and technology have overrun some of the visions of Disney's artists, the "Rite of Spring" still reminds us of "earlier times". And who can forget Mickey and the Sorcerer's Apprentice (eternally wonderful).
For those who enjoy the second Fastasia, the first (original) Fantasia is better yet. A definite keeper.
Oh yeah, Stay away from Fantasia 2000 because it was not a well done movie..... too much pink gold and green... and well it just didnt live up to its predecessor...
Disney originally called it 'The Concert Film', which shows what the intent was. To let audiences experience the beauty and majesty of great music by giving them a new way to perceive it. Visually. Fantasia is a visual concert of eight pieces of music, in order, 'Toccata and Fugue in D Minor' by Johann Sebastian Bach, 'The Nutcracker Suite' by Tchaikovsky, 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice' by Paul Dukas, 'The Rite of Spring' by Igor Stravinsky, 'The Pastoral Symphony' by Beethoven, 'Dance of the Hours' by Ponchielli, 'Night on Bald Mountain' by Moussorgsky, and 'Ave Maria' by Franz Schubert.
The score is performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Leopold Stokowski; the segments are introduced by host Deems Taylor. Taylor gives a brief background on each piece, and explains a bit of what the artists were trying to do with it, interpret a definite story inherent in the music or allow their imaginations free range to fantasize.
In creating Fantasia, Disney allowed his artists a much greater range of freedom than normal. It was usual at the time for an animation studio to have a set of 'ground rules' in place regarding things such as the permissible color palettes in use. For Fantasia, the limits were removed and the artists were encouraged to experiment and get creative. Supposedly, one animator used jelly from his sandwich to get just the right color.
The film starts perhaps a bit slowly, with Toccata and Fugue given a more timid and less imaginative rendering than it deserves, but the rest of the film, from Nutcracker to Ave Maria, will take your breath away, climaxing with a near-terrifying version of Walpurgisnacht in 'Night on Bald Mountain', segueing into a calming return to the world of sanity and daylight with 'Ave Maria'.
If you've never seen Fantasia, give yourself a treat. Pick this up and watch it some evening. Turn out the lights, stifle all interruptions, and immerse yourself in beautiful, glorious music and artwork.
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