Disney animators set pictures to Western classical music as Leopold Stokowski conducts the Philadelphia Orchestra. "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" features Mickey Mouse as an aspiring magician who oversteps his limits. "The Rite of Spring" tells the story of evolution, from single-celled animals to the death of the dinosaurs. "Dance of the Hours" is a comic ballet performed by ostriches, hippos, elephants, and alligators. "Night on Bald Mountain" and "Ave Maria" set the forces of darkness and light against each other as a devilish revel is interrupted by the coming of a new day. Written by
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For a film that prominently depicts Centaurs, "Fantasia" is somewhat peculiar in that it does not adapt or allude to their most prominent role in ancient legends: their war (or wars) with their kinsmen and rivals, the Lapiths. The war was one of the major conflicts of classical mythology and features in many written works, with either details of the war itself or giving a character background as one of its veterans. The first mentions of it were in the epics "Illiad" and "Odyssey" attributed to Homer (8th century BC). Subsequent accounts of the war figure in the works of Hesiod Hesiod (8th or 7th century BC), Theognis of Megara (6th century BC), Pindar (c. 522-443 BC), Apollonius of Rhodes (3rd century BC), 'Diodorus Siculus' (1st century BC), Virgil (70 -19 BC), Strabo (64 BC-24 AD), Propertius (c. 50-15 BC), Ovid (43 BC-18 AD), Seneca the Younger (c. 4 BC-65 AD), Statius (c. 45-96), Gaius Valerius Flaccus (d. 90), 'Pseudo-Apollodorus' (1st or 2d century), Plutarch (c. 46-120), Pausanias (c. 110-180), Claudius Aelianus (c. 175-235), 'Ptolemaeus Chennus' / 'Ptolemy Hephaestion' (2nd century) and Pseudo-Hyginus (3rd century). Some of these writers have influenced later and modern depictions of the Centaurs. See more »
The Pastoral sequence has Iris sweeping across the sky after the storm, leaving a rainbow in her wake. The colors of the rainbow are reversed: Red should be at the top and violet at the bottom. See more »
How do you do? Uh, my name is Deems Taylor, and it's my very pleasant duty to welcome you here on behalf of Walt Disney, Leopold Stokowski, and all the other artists and musicians whose combined talents went into the creation of this new form of entertainment, "Fantasia". What you're going to see are the designs and pictures and stories that music inspired in the minds and imaginations of a group of artists. In other words, these are not going to be the interpretations of trained ...
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This is the second Walt Disney feature-length film ("Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" was the first) on which the credit "Walt Disney presents" never appears. It appeared on all the other feature-length films that Disney personally produced. See more »
I've recently bought the Silly Symphonies DVD. My daughter Sarah and I have watched one cartoon every day, culminating in Fantasia. We didn't watch it all at once, but spread it over the course of a week (I tend to agree with other comments - it's too much for kids in one viewing). She sat on my lap and loved every minute of it, even 'Night on Bald Mountain'. I must admit I hadn't watched it for years and forgot about this section, but she wasn't scared by it. This is surprising when you consider the spider in 'Mother Goose Melodies' frightened her!
In my opinion Fantasia is the ultimate Silly Symphony. It's obvious all the groundwork for the film came from them, which is why it's so good - the artists had ten years to hone and perfect their skills while Walt Disney had the vision to realise it. I wonder if he had thought of it a decade earlier and waited until the right moment to create it...? It's a real shame he never lived to see its success because he deserved to.
It's hard to find the right words to surmise this film; I suppose I could break each section down and give my opinion as others have done, but as a whole - well, it's got good bits and bad bits; happy and sad bits, it's scary and funny and gloomy and sunny. It's spirited, colourful, sparkling, animated... but let's not get carried away here. It's only a film and some bits of it are quite boring.
If you randomly wound through it you could find yourself watching any one of the above, and this to me sums it up - it's unique. What other film can you say that about?
Fantasia is a light that will shine for generations to come. 9/10.
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