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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During the "Pastoral" segment, when the first centaur and centaurette walk away together arm-in-arm, a bush in the lower right fails to track properly, and winds up going with the pair. 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 »
For its 50th Anniversary re-release in 1990, Disney went back to the original Fantasound tracks originally recorded by the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the picture and soundtrack restored from whatever elements were available at the time to resemble the 1946 re-release version of 115 minutes. The only new alterations made were:
The edits made to the "Pastoral Symphony" that are present in all post-1969 prints of the film. See above.
The addition of an end credits sequence played against footage of the on-screen orchestra exiting the stage, as first seen preceding the intermission in the Roadshow Version. The 1990 version has been released on VHS and LaserDisc. No other version of Fantasia features a credits sequence (the credits were made available to the 1940-1941 roadshow patrons in a specially prepared commemorative booklet).
I don't know how old I was when I first watched this, but I may very well have been too young to comprehend how long ago it was made... much less how old some of the score is. I still recognize some of it from watching it more than a decade ago, and probably further back still. Putting images to classical music is a great way to get those of us(yup, guilty as charged) who just wouldn't sit down to listen to something like that under normal circumstances to experience it. Cartoons have aged remarkably well(not just this, in general)... what needs to, and/or is meant to, look imposing still does(I won't blow what they are, for anyone who hasn't seen this... and those who have may very well know exactly what I'm referring to), and the whole thing still works, almost 70 years after it was originally released. Little sound is added... the visuals are scored almost entirely with the performances of the orchestral classics, the way the animation brings the well-known composed pieces to life. Drawing styles vary, and some segments are naturalistic, others almost psychedelic. Colors are vivid, and sometimes underplayed. Segments are briefly introduced by a speaker. There is story progression in at least some of the bits. I recommend this to anyone who doesn't object to two hours of animated visuals to go with some of the greatest score ever composed. 8/10
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