Movie Response #1- Fantasia


Fantasia was released in 1940 and produced by Walt Disney himself and Walt Disney Productions. “Over 1000 people were involved with the production of Fantasia.” Although the Fantasia team had this many people in the production the “full” realization of the film was not met. This is an animated movie that is centered around 8 segments with music. The animation was designed after the installation of the 8 pieces of music included in the movie. “The Music included:

-Toccata and Fugue in D Minor by Johann Sebastian Bach
-The Nutcracker Suite by Piotr Ilich Tchaikovsky
-The Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Paul Dukas
-The Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky
-The Pastoral Symphony by Ludwig van Beethoven
-Dance of the Hours by Amilcare Ponchielli
-Night on Bald Mountain by Modeste Moussorgsky
-Ave Maria by Franz Schubert”(Just Disney)

Fantasia was totally different from Disney’s previous movies, including the disclusion of dialogue, except for the beginning, and the animation set to all music.  Each piece of music had a different style of animation to go along with it. This was also never done in the Disney movies. Depending on the mood and sound of the music the animation would follow that. Actually, when the movie was released it was a complete failure in the box office until years later where it bloomed and made millions in return of its release.

In the actual animation of the piece Disney worked their hardest with the development of each scene of the movie. The scenes were “striking and brilliant.” From those comments the most popular segment of the movie is the “Sorcerer’s Apprentice”, which included Disney’s iconic character Mickey Mouse who played the sorcerer’s apprentice. Overall in the film the segment which included mickey seemed to have had the most attention and the most work put into that piece. But the movie overall had the most work put into it out of all the Disney movies.


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