Hear the pictures! See the music!
Fantasia is the adventurous 1940 experiment from Disney. The film sets Disney animated characters to classical music as Mickey Mouse uses his magic wand to set broomsticks dancing in one of the more famous elaborate scenes. The film was groundbreaking in its usage of animation and music and is still considered a masterpiece decades later.
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Having never seen this film, I didn't know what to expect. Hell, the host came out and explained what to expect in the beginning, and I STILL didn't know what I was in for. Needless to say, I was amazed. Astonished actually. It's kinda hard to review this film because I don't know where to start. This is different from your average Disney film. In fact, it's different from your average film PERIOD. It's not even a film. There's no overall narrative and apart from the host, there's really no dialog. It's just an experimental film that combined beautiful imagery with classical music. I love beautiful imagery. I love classical music. I love this film.…
I believe there is a film that everyone watched when they were a kid that shaped them in some way. Mine was Fantasia. I still don't know why I was so into this film as a kid, if there's one thing I can't manage very well it is sitting still and watching something, actually taking stuff in, but ever since I can remember I pretty much bask in this film, drink it all in, a trance-like state.
I have great memories of getting up early as a little girl and begging my dad to put this on, even if the F1 was on he always obliged, in fact I think one of my earliest memories is watching this on our…
More hit and miss than I remembered. Peaks early with the sublime anthropomorphization of Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite" and the gallumphing comic nightmare of Dukas' "The Sorcerer's Apprentice." Mussorgsky into Schubert works surprisingly well as a finale. "Dance of the Hours" doesn't really take off until the alligators show up, but that last movement ranks among Disney's greatest achievements. On the flip side, Bach's "Toccata and Fugue" gets wan abstraction; "Rite of Spring" now plays to me like a kiddie adaptation of The Tree of Life (it's a good idea, needed more genuine terror—might as well, Chernabog's gonna scare the shit out of the toddlers anyway); and if Beethoven's rolling over it's due to this embarrassing kitsch-myth parade, not Chuck…
I wish I could say my experience with Fantasia was better, perhaps I'll give it a second chance when I'm older and more prepared.
Being an insufferable insomniac (or at least prone to nightly activities), I went on Xbox Video last night to see what they had to offer. I noticed a whole collection of Disney films (and every last Pixar film by the way), which is perfect, because I'm just looking to catch up on the Disney classics. I turn on the surround headphones and rent Fantasia in stellar HD (and in Swedish, but at least there aren't many spoken lines in it).
For the first half hour or more, I'm dazzled. This experience and musical experiment from Disney…
What can one say about such a bold, unprecedented experiment in animation . . . no, in filmmaking? It’s hard to imagine something so recklessly avant-garde emerging from a major studio today, let alone leaving such an indelible impression on moviegoers everywhere. It’s not surprising that the film was something of a failure when it was first released, but it’s even less surprising that it is now considered a classic of animation and cinema art.
Still probably Disney's best in terms of boldness and ambition in the mixture of ideas, storytelling, and music. I know Walt planned several more of these and it's sad those could be never be realized.
A rare Disney gem that lives up to the magic of its myth.
Walt Disney's masterpiece, Fantasia is a mind-blowing experience even eight decades after its debut. It's beautiful and moving, and -- if I dare say it -- fantastic. Read my full review for why it's one of my favorite films, and how the film took a very rough road to success.
I hadn't seen this one before our marathon. I enjoyed it and really admired its ambition. The anthology approach does mean that some parts are weaker than others. The best segments are five star material for sure.
I just watched this one mute set to the album Stromata by Charlotte Martin and it still all matched the music beautifully. If that's not art, what is?
What Fantasia boils down to is the celebration and power of music, specifically classical here, from Bach to Beethoven.
And as an admirer of classical music and animation, I can't find any fault in this captivating and ambitious feature.
The music is as enthralling as ever and the animation is wondrous, zipping from dazzling and vibrant to the downright frightening.
Excellent film from beginning to end. There's a majestic quality to this film that is all the more admirable due to the movie's accessibility. Alternating between fun and serious, the film as a whole takes on the feeling of a classical music piece of its own, ebbing and flowing, but always headed somewhere. My favorite sequences are the Sorcerer's Apprentice, Beethoven's Pastoral, and especially Bald Mountain/Ave Maria. Magnificent.
Fantástica, es una pequeña obra de arte. Solo si te gusta la animación clásica y la música clásica. La película son cortos mudos acompañados de piezas clásicas.
Tengo que decir que recordaba los cortos más cortos XD y más cantidad. Fantástica.
Updated entry: Watched with commentary by Disney historian Brian Sibley.
I was shocked to discover today that the Blu-ray release of Fantasia has three audio commentaries on it, and it took me ten minutes just to decide which one to watch. I ended up going with the "historical" commentary presented by Disney historian Brian Sibley.
While the commentary is very educational, it suffers from being over-academic. Silbey talks about the film as if he's giving a college lecture, and his deep voice and British accent are just about enough to lull me to sleep.
Walt's greatest artistic contribution to film. Visually stunning, audibly soothing, and completely ballsy.