Fantasia is one of those movies that is something truly special in the annals of movies. After over seventy years, Walt Disney’s Fantasia remains one of most shining examples of animation and music ever committed to film. So today my review of this classic movie which remains one of the best examples of a fine animated gem.
Fantasia was released in Released in 1940 in the middle of World War II,Fantasia” was initially envisioned as a short film to reinvigorate the sagging popularity of Mickey Mickey Mouse as the war really was impacting hard upon Disney. Fantasia was a critical and popular failure in its own day but with the passage of time it has become a beloved classic to many today. This Disney production was an ambitious experiment to try to popularize classical music Fantasia has eight finely animated shorts to music which each is very different form the other but it connected together through the art of classical music.
Toccata and Fugue in D Minor intros into the movie as it shows a section that shows various abstract imagery to the beat of “Toccata and Fugue in D Minor which has Live-action shots of the orchestra illuminated in blue and gold, backed by superimposed shadows, fade into abstract patterns. Animated lines, shapes and cloud formations reflect the sound and rhythms of the music as its very enjoyable to listen to it any time along with Nutcracker Suite scene has many different changes to its scene that goes form images of dancing fairies flowers and more as it goes along with the seasons this scene is a richly deep scene with such magical animated wonders to behold as each change in the tone of it really reflects the musical cues of the music at that moment of the scene. It’s really one marvelous gem of a scene that has such its mesmerizing cinematography.
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is probably the most famous short of all of the shorts of Fantasia based upon The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” (German: Der Zauberlehrling) is a poem by Goethe written in 1797 which is what that part was based upon. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Paul Dukas tells the story of . Mickey Mouse, the young apprentice of the sorcerer Yen Sid, attempts some of his master’s magic tricks but does not know how to control them as it is one of the most beloved parts of this classic movie it is such a fun little gem of animation that really has such marvelous cinematography along with a rich soundtrack to boot for it.
Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky. A visual history of the Earth’s beginnings is depicted to selected sections of the ballet score. The sequence progresses from the planet’s formation to the first living creatures, followed by the reign and extinction of the dinosaurs as it’s one of the longest parts of the movie but it is such a richly animated scene that has such marvelous wonders to behold. I would say it has some of the finest animated dinosaurs ever put to the screen. The Pastoral Symphony by Ludwig van Beethoven. A mythical Greco-Roman world of colorful centaurs & centaurettes”, cupids, fauns and other figures from classical mythology is portrayed to Beethoven’s music. This scene sparked an interest in classical mythology for me as it’s such a marvelous treasure trove of mythology characters form the classical mythology it does have such a rich depth to its animation that goes along to the music perfectly as ever.
Dance of the Hours by Amilcare Ponchielli. A comic ballet in four sections that has many creatures dancing alongside to music as this charming gem of a scene really flows along well to the beat of the music it’s such a charming and fun scene to watch with its charming and comical nature along with its great music and rich cinematography. Night on Bald Mountain depicts a demon on top of a mountain summoning the dead and damned to dance and party around him atop his mountain. Absolutely terrifying cacodemonic animation coupled with Mussorgsky’s dramatic, intimidating score along with it. Vladimir Tytla is the only man who could possibly have pulled off this dramatic, spell bindingly horrific sequence that is one of the finest pieces of animation ever put to the screen.
Fantasia is truly a film that was way ahead of its time in almost every aspect imaginable. From outstanding segments like The Rite of Spring and Night on Bald Mountain to the excellent orchestration of the classical music by Leopold Stokowski and his orchestra, to the tremendous craft of the animation and it’s wonderful cinematography and music that makes it one of the finest animated movies so see Fantasia because you truly will love this marvelous gem.
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