Fantasia 1940 Picture

I've been slacking on this, so I'm going to continue my Disney history art.

Fantasia was Disney's third film but instead of full-length story if was a package film consisting of eight animated segments set to pieces of classical music conducted by Leopold Stokowski and performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra, narrated by Deems Taylor who introduces each segment in live action interstitial scenes. The first segment was the the most famous of all, The Sorcerer's Apprentice staring Mickey mouse, and introducing the great wizard YEN SID. Rumor has it his name DIS-NEY spelled backwards and was based on Walt himself. In the segment Mickey places the naive apprentice who decides to use some on his teacher's magic hat to bring a broom to live and do his chores but it gets out of hand and the wizard has to save him. Several other segment include the The Rite of Spring 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. The Pastoral Symphony A mythical ancient Greek world of centaurs, cupids, fauns and other figures from classical mythology is portrayed to Beethoven's music. A gathering for a festival to honor Bacchus, the god of wine, is interrupted by Zeus, who creates a storm and throws lightning bolts at the attendees, and Night on Bald Mountain, At midnight the devil Chernabog summons evil spirits and restless souls from their graves. The spirits dance and fly through the air until driven back by the sound of an Angelus bell as night fades into dawn. A chorus is heard singing Ave Maria as a line of robed monks is depicted walking with lighted torches through a forest and into the ruins of a cathedral.

The budget for Fantasia was $2.28 million, in the box office it made $83,320,000, Fantasia was the subject of two Academy Honorary Awards on February 26, 1942 — one for Disney, William Garity, John N. A. Hawkins, and the RCA Manufacturing Company for their "outstanding contribution to the advancement of the use of sound in motion pictures through the production of Fantasia", and the other to Stokowski "and his associates for their unique achievement in the creation of a new form of visualized music in Walt Disney's production Fantasia, thereby widening the scope of the motion picture as entertainment and as an art form. The soundtrack was recorded using multiple audio channels and reproduced with Fantasound, a pioneering sound reproduction system that made Fantasia the first commercial film shown in stereophonic sound.

Fantasia wasn't one of my favorite films but I loved the Sorcerer's apprentice and Dinosaur segment, and the music is simply fantastic!

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