In this update of Disney's masterpiece film mixture of animation and music, new interpretations of great works of music are presented. It begins with an abstract battle of light and darkness set to the music of Beethoveen's Fifth Symphony. Then we see the adventures of a humpback whale calf and his pod set to "The Pines of Rome." Next is the humorous story of several lives in 1930's New York City, scored with "Rhapsody in Blue." Following is a musical telling of the fairy tale, "The Steadfast Tin Soldier" set to Dmitri Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 2. Then a goofy flamingo causes havoc in his flock with his yo-yo to the tune of the finale of "Carnival of the Animals." This is followed by the classic sequence from the original film, "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" starring Mickey Mouse and followed by "Pomp and Circumstance" starring Donald Duck as a harried assistant to Noah on his Ark. Finally, we see the awesome tale of the life, death, and renewal of a forest in a sequence ...Written by
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The "Rhapsody in Blue" segment is drawn in the style of caricaturist Al Hirschfeld. Hirschfeld is famous for incorporating the name of his daughter Nina Hirschfeld West into his drawings. There are three instances of "Nina" in this segment: one on the end of Duke's toothpaste tube, one in the fur collar of John's wife and one in her hair. She herself is caricatured among the people rushing out of the Goldberg Hotel alongside caricatures of Hirschfeld himself, sequence director Eric Goldberg, his wife Susan Goldberg, and producer Donald W. Ernst. The man running towards the camera with the coat in his arm is writer Brooks Atkinson, taken from a Hirschfeld illustration. See more »
In "The Steadfast Tin Soldier", the handle on the Jack-in-the-Box is usually on his left. In the shot of him creeping towards the soldier and dancer it is on his right. See more »
Mr. Levine! Okay, Mr. Levine, everybody's in place for the next number.
Thanks, Mickey. When...
But we can't find Donald. So you stay here and stall for time, and I'll be right back.
Donald! Oh Donald!
When we hear Sir Edward Elgar's "Pomp and Circumstance" we think of a graduation ceremony.
Donald, where are ya?
Actually, Elgar composed it for many kinds of solemn events.
This march inspired the Disney artists to recreate the age old story...
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Credits are superimposed over preliminary artwork. See more »
I can't stop watching it!!! Four of the seven new segments in this film are alone well worth the admission. Roy Disney Jr. sets the stage for a remarkable departure from the usual animated dreck that Disney has been bogged down by for the last half-decade (Toy Story aside). Disney have hereby restored my faith in them as leading the pack in animated cinema. I want more!!
"Pines of Rome", a marvelous piece set to the "story" of whales leaving the water and eventually the planet, is worth viewing several times for it's symbolism and exquisite look. "Rhapsody in Blue", by Gershwin, is given perfect treatment by a day in the life of New York City. The pace is quick and manages to give each character studied enough depth to make a very satisfying and touching ending. "Pomp and Circumstance", the graduation standard, is humorous and sweet. Creating a love story involving Donald and Daisy Duck into the story of Noah's Ark worked surprisingly well. "Firebird Suite"- WOW. This is the most incredible segment of the film. It's a PERFECT marriage of music and animation and MUST be played loud. Very emotional and powerful indeed.
I had to post another comment because I can't stress enough that it's a worthy successor to the original Fantasia, and Walt would be proud.
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