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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The "Pastoral Symphony" and other Ludwig van Beethoven works released in 1808 helped improve their creator's reputation and contributed to a conflict between musical patrons in 1809. Beethoven had spent most of his musical career in Vienna and financially depended on the patronage of the city's upper class. Some of his works earned him considerable rewards, but his income was far from steady. In January, 1809 he received an offer of permanent employment by Jérôme Bonaparte, King of Westphalia (1784-1860, reigned 1807-13). His patrons in Vienna, led by Archduke Rudolf of Austria (1788-1831), counteroffered a permanent contract and an annual payment of 4,000 florins. Beethoven's financial prospects at the time were the best of his career, and he was able to secure a decent contract with his Viennese patrons. 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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Originally, the production credits were on a booklet distributed at the roadshow showings. They were finally put on screen for the 50th anniversary re-release. See more »