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75 years ago today, Disney took a risk with the opening of its experimental animated film, “Fantasia.” The third feature film made by the House of Mouse, “Fantasia” was released as a limited-run roadshow attraction, starting on November 13, 1940. The New York Times review published the following day declared it to be a film that “really dumps conventional formulas overboard and boldly reveals the scope of films for imaginative excursion.” Images of Mickey Mouse set to music by Paul Dukas, hippos dancing to the tune of Ponchielli, and centaurs and cupids backed by Beethoven have all become iconic in the decades since its release. The film has further secured its pop culture status with “Fantasia” video games, a follow-up feature called “Fantasia 2000,” and with a spot on AFI’s list of the greatest 100 American films. One “Fantasia” segment will soon get the live action treatment: the nightmarish “Night on Bald Mountain »
- Emily Rome
"Fantasia" wasn't a huge hit when it was first released 75 years ago (on November 13, 1940).
Since then, however, over the course of multiple re-releases, the Disney feature has earned a reputation as a masterpiece for its blend of lushly recorded classical music and dazzling Technicolor animation. It eventually became a huge success in both theaters and on home video and spawned several sequels and spinoffs, not to mention parodies by other studios.
Still, as many times as you've enjoyed the ballet-dancing hippos or Mickey Mouse's botched attempt at using magic to shirk drudgery, there's a lot you may not know about "Fantasia." Read on, and watch out for those magic mushrooms.
1. The germ of the film began when Walt Disney bumped into legendary Philadelphia Orchestra conductor Leopold Stokowski (pictured) outside Chasen's restaurant in Hollywood. Disney told Stokowski of his idea to make one of his trademark "Silly Symphony" shorts out »
- Gary Susman
Disney is bringing their treasure trove of their short films from the last deacde and a half to blu-ray/DVD for you and your family to enjoy together in one complete set. Come inside to learn more about the shorts being collected!
With each new release, Disney continues their tradition of having a short animated film play before their movies, and now they're brining all of their latest (including this year's Frozen Fever) together in one collection on Blu-Ray/DVD...and it's available Now!
From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes an extraordinary new collection of award-winning and beloved short films featuring the never-before-released Frozen Fever, starring Frozen's Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Sven and Kristoff, and the Oscar®-nominated Lorenzo. The Short Films Collection features contemporary shorts starring classic characters, including the 2012 groundbreaking Mickey Mouse cartoon, Get A Horse!, holiday treats like Prep & Landing: Operation Secret Santa as well as hailed Oscar® winners Paperman and Feast. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
John Culhane, a journalist, author, Disney animation historian and inspiration for the characters of Mr. Snoops in the 1977 Disney animated feature “The Rescuers” and Flying John in the “Rhapsody in Blue” segment of “Fantasia/2000,” died at his home in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., on July 30 from complications due to cardiac failure and Alzheimer’s disease. He was 81.
Culhane was a writer for the Chicago Daily News and media editor at Newsweek, and later was a freelance writer for publications including the New York Times Magazine and American Film.
His books on Disney animation include “Walt Disney’s Fantasia” (1983), “Aladdin: The Making of an Animated Film” (1992) “and Fantasia/2000: Visions of Hope” (1999). Culhane also wrote books about the circus (“The American Circus: An Illustrated History”), and special effects (“Special Effects in the Movies: How They Do It: Dazzling Movie Magic and the Artists Who Create It”).
For more than four decades, »
- Variety Staff
It's seldom an accident. It's not a lightning strike or a shooting star — more like a mad science. It's specifically designed to make viewers weak in the knees and unable to suppress an "Awwwww" while held in its thrall. (Resistance is futile.) It's the art of manufacturing mass-produced, all-consuming Pop Culture Cuteness — and it's huge business.
For the most part, the cuteness-industrial-complex runs parallel to the zeitgeist, but sometimes — when the stars align to shine a certain twinkle down upon us — it violently butts into the mainstream. The recent arrival of Minions, »
Directed by Jason Lei Howden
Written by Jason Lei Howden
2015, New Zealand
New Zealand hasn’t produced many horror films over the years, but those it has given birth to are remarkably strong entries. The late ’80s and early ’90s witnessed the rise of Kiwi director Peter Jackson who made a name for himself with the Bad Taste (1988) and Dead Alive (1992). Jackson helped shine a spotlight on the countries genre offerings and his success no doubt opened the door for a new generation of Kiwi genre filmmakers. The latest of these films to make its way Stateside is Jason Lei Howden’s outrageous debut feature Deathgasm about a group of suburban metal heads who summon a demonic force.
Milo Cawthorne and James Blake play Brodie and Zakk, two renegade outcasts who quickly bond over their mutual admiration of heavy metal and decide to form a band. But their dreams »
Always a film festival that prides itself on giving its audiences a hell of a lineup, filled to the brim with standout titles every year and world premieres for films that are greatly anticipated, the 2015 Fantasia Film Festival has now revealed its final lineup. Like we’ve all come to appreciate, this year is no exception, with films such as Tales Of Halloween, Ant-Man, the greatly anticipated Cop Car (which will be screened with Kevin Bacon in attendance!!) and Jeruzalem all being standout films to look out for, along with a pretty epic list of other films that are sure to leave viewers entertained and excited throughout the entire event (July 14th-August 4th).
If the full lineup wasn’t already enough to make your horror loving heads explode, the new announcement that Fanstasia will host the July 30th premiere of Cody Calahan’s sequel to 2013’s Antisocial, Antisocial 2, »
- Jerry Smith
The 19th Annual Fantasia Film Festival is only a week away, beginning July 14 and running through August 4. And as promised for today, they’ve revealed their full line-up of films screening at 2015’s festival in Montreal.
This year’s line-up boasts 22 World Premieres, 13 International Premieres, and 21 North American Premieres. Both Marvel’s Ant-Man and the animated Miss Hokusai were previously announced, but now they’ve added the much anticipated Attack on Titan movie as their closing night film. Other highlights include the Sundance darlings Cooties, starring Elijah Wood and Rainn Wilson, Cop Car, starring Kevin Bacon and directed by the upcoming Spider-man director Jon Watts, and a trio of films from horror auteur Sion Sono.
See the full line-up announcement of films below via Fantasia’s Facebook page, and be sure to check out their website at fantasiafestival.com for additional information.
36 Countries, 135 Features, and Nearly 300 Short Films
- Including 22 World Premieres, »
- Brian Welk
Disney's latest live-action remake will be based on the 'Night on Bald Mountain' sequence from Fantasia.
The memorable section from the 1940 animated classic derives from the work of Modest Mussorgsky, and centres on spirits rising from their graves for an enchanted dance.
The Night on Bald Mountain is described by The Hollywood Reporter as being similar to last year's Sleeping Beauty spinoff Maleficent.
1940's innovative Fantasia paired several short films with iconic classic music selections.
Disney is revamping a number of its classic animated movies, and has already scored hits with Cinderella and Alice in Wonderland.
“Bald Mountain, according to tradition is the gathering place of Satan and his followers. Here on Walpurgis Night, which is the equivalent of our own Halloween, the creatures of evil gather to worship their master.” That’s how composer Deems Taylor introduces “A Night on Bald Mountain,” one of the eight segments in Disney’s classic, third…
The post Satanic Fantasia Segment Night on Bald Mountain to be Feature appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Samuel Zimmerman
If you grew up watching Fantasia, you're probably still plagued by nightmares from "Night on Bald Mountain." Those nightmares are about to get even more acute, as Disney is officially adapting the segment into a live-action movie. The story, from the 1940 film, revolves around a dark, winged creature who raises the dead during one horrifying night. The music from the iconic segment is by Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky, and it plays such an integral part in the minimovie that you can count on it being a part of the motion picture. This is just the latest in a string of live-action plans Disney has for its catalog: Emma Watson is starring in the upcoming Beauty and the Beast film, and the studio is also working on versions of Alice Through the Looking Glass and The Jungle Book. »
Disney is developing a movie based on the iconic “Night on Bald Mountain” musical sequence from 1940’s animated pic “Fantasia” for its latest live-action adaptation.
The classic animated film “Fantasia” was comprised of eight segments, including “Night on Bald Mountain,” which centered on a dark winged creature that raised the dead.
- Maane Khatchatourian
We probably should all have seen this step coming given Disney’s recent history of turning its animated back catalogue into source material for live-action films. The company is targeting Fantasia sequence Night On Bald Mountain as a potential new movie.Dracula Untold writers Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless are tackling the challenge of turning the roughly 11-minute sequence (which you can see above) into a dark fantasy adventure. They’ll be using the Maleficent model of filling in some backstory for the dark, winged creature who raises spirits from the dead for a night of mayhem before they start to fade in the light of the rising sun. The original 1940s animated outing used Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky's music, composed in 1867 and arranged by Leopold Stokowski for the film, which brought the music to wider audiences.This one is still in the early development stages, so it likely »
Disney Pictures has announced plans for a live-action film adaptation of the "Night on Bald Mountain" segment in Disney's 1940 animated film "Fantasia".
The original segment, set to Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky's tone poem "Night on Bald Mountain" and arranged by Leopold Stokowski, centers on a dark winged creature who raises spirits from the dead for a night of revelry before they slink back to their graves as the sun begins to rise.
Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless ("Dracula Untold," "The Last Witch Hunter") will write the script for the project and executive produce. This would mark the second of the eight animated segments created for the film to have scored a feature film adaptation following in the wake of 2010's "The Sorcerer's Apprentice".
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
The Simpsons has a long history of peppering its stories with pop culture references, and some of the show’s finest gags stem from the world of cinema. These have ranged from the briefest of quotes, to full on shot-for-shot parodies and extended episode-long homages.
Most striking in trying to put this list together was the sheer volume of movie references there are to choose from. In pretty much any given episode of The Simpsons, there are at least a couple, with nods to James Bond, 2001: A Space Odyssey and the work of Alfred Hitchcock proving three of the most regular candidates. The tributes to numerous great horror movies in the show’s Treehouse Of Horror episodes could have been used to fill this list all on their own. »
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) never left Germany but became internationally respected by his peers during his lifetime and a symbol of pure musicianship for future generations. A virtuoso organist, harpsichordist, and violinist/violist who may have also played lute, as a composer his mastery of counterpoint and fugal writing remain unmatched, yet he was also open to the influences of contemporary Italian and French composers.
Born into a highly musical family in Eisenach, Germany, Bach became organist at the Neukirche in Arnstadt in 1703 at the age of 18. His first major appointment was as court organist to Duke Wilhelm Ernst of Weimar, in 1708; six years later the Duke made him Concertmaster. In 1717 Bach became Kapellmeister and music director to the music-loving Prince Leopold of Anhalt in Cöthen, where Bach wrote much of his greatest secular music. Bach's duties switched to writing choral and organ music for use in church services »
We never get tired of the story of Cinderella, and whether we know it or not, the version we never get tired of is the one put forth by Walt Disney 65 years ago. The 1950 animated feature, released 65 years ago this week (on February 15, 1950) was an instant classic, and its this version we think of when we imagine all the visual details of the story -- the slipper, the pumpkin, the fairy godmother, the mice, and Cinderella and Prince Charming dancing all over the palace grounds.
Still, as many times as we've heard the story or seen the cartoon, there's still more to be mined from the 17th-century fairy tale. (Indeed, Disney is releasing a new live-action retelling next month.) As many times as you've seen the 1950 classic, there's plenty you may not know about it -- how the actress who played Cinderella landed the part without even knowing she'd auditioned, »
- Gary Susman
Mickey Mouse is Disney's most iconic character, but it would seem to be a mistake to call him the studio's biggest movie star. Maybe back in the days of Walt Disney's shorts that was correct, but he's only had a significant role in one of the classic animated features, Fantasia. Since then he's done other shorts, but he's now mainly a TV star. Last year's Plane Crazy, which showed in theaters attached to Frozen, was his first real vehicle for the big screen in almost 20 years. But in fact Mickey has made plenty of appearances in Disney's animated features, just in cameos and in the form of Easter eggs, many of which have only been spotted in the era of quality home video. For instance, animators paid homage to the famous anthropomorphic...
- Christopher Campbell
18 items from 2015
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