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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…
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- 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
10 items from 2015
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