Fantasia: A Journey Ahead of its Time into Surrealism
Fantasia (1940), directed by a team of uncredited Disney pros, has a fascinating story behind it. Walt Disney was unhappy. Mickey Mouse, the jewel in his crown, the oyster in his salad, was losing favor with the public. Mickey had been the undisputed king of short films since his introduction in 1928 and had his own comic strip in the papers, but times were changing. Without Mickey, the studio would become directionless, dependent as never before on animated beloved fairy tales of which there was a limited supply.
|A draft of Mickey Mouse in "The Sorceror's Apprentice"|
|Leopold Stokowski shakes hands with Mickey Mouse|
|Deems Taylor narrates|
|The Pegasus scene in "The Pastoral Symphony" segment|
|Showing Dinosaurs on film ("Rite of Spring") wasn't as common back then|
Song Segments in "Fantasia"
- Toccata and Fugue in D Minor by Johann Sebastian Bach.
- Nutcracker Suite by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
- The Sorcerer's Apprentice by Paul Dukas.
- 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 Modest Mussorgsky and Ave Maria by Franz Schubert.
There also was a jazz jam session after the Intermission, which fell after "Rite of Spring."
|Mickey having fun in "The Sorceror's Apprentice"|
|A Pegasus and its family in "The Pastoral Symphony"|
|A Centaurette in "The Pastoral Symphony"|
|"The Sorceror's Apprentice" is the most famous segment|
|Several scenes are quite scary, this is from "Dance of the Hours"|
|From Films and Filming Magazine, January 1971|
"Fantasia'''s image suffered as a result. Walt surely never would have approved, but he had gone on to his own personal Fantasia. As the decades passed, nobody quite knew what to do with "Fantasia" creatively, although it made money in whatever form it took. Every time "Fantasia" was shown, something different had been altered or tweaked or digitally removed.
|A gathering in honor of Bacchus, god of wine, for "The Pastoral Symphony"|
|The Sorceror, Yen Sid, and Mickey Mouse|
|"Fantasia" is a kaleidoscope of color|