Disney : Fantasia

Posted by Sam Hayes On Thursday, March 11, 2010

This is the first animation of Disney's that I'm posting about, but I'm sure they'll be many more this unit. Fantasia was produced in 1940 and was Disney's third feature-length film, the first two being Snow White and Pinocchio. Fantasia features no dialogue, but sequences of classical music including 'Ave Maria' and 'Beethoven's 6th Symphony'. The animation is fantastic, with rich colours in huge contrast of light and dark, the music fits eprfectly to the events that are occuring with a very stylistic quality.

This was a breakthrough in animation as it told a rich story with no dialogue and plenty of cartoon characters which have their own personalities and vibes. The most memorable of the set of sequences is 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice' featuring Mickey Mouse who creates a huge mess afetr using his master's magic (Shown below) This story plays out to :" Paul Dukas – The Sorcerer's Apprentice", which the film popularised.

Fantasia was released as more than a film, but more similar to a full theatrical event, shown in theatres with seating and special tickets. Special artwork was produced and there were sosphicated speaker set-ups in theatres to accomodate.

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