Fantasia (1940)


fantasia“And now we’re going to hear a piece of music that tells a very definite story. As a matter of fact, in this case, the story came first and the composer wrote the music to go with it. It’s a very old story, one that goes back almost 2,000 years: a legend about a sorcerer who had an apprentice. He was a bright young lad; very anxious to learn the. business. As a matter of fact, he was a little bit too bright, because he started practicing some of the boss’ best magic tricks before learning how to control them. One day, for instance, when he’d been told by his master to carry water to fill a cauldron, he had the brilliant idea of bringing a broomstick to life to carry the water for him. Well, this worked very well at first. Unfortunately, however, having forgotten the magic formula that would make the broomstick stop carrying the water, he found he’d started something he couldn’t finish. ” – Narrator

Number of Times Seen – Too many to count (cable and video in the 80’s and 16 Jul 2014)

Brief Synopsis – Disney’s 2nd full length animated feature takes some popular classical music pieces and uses animation to create visual depictions of the songs.

My Take on it – For as long as I can recall, this movie has always given me mixed feelings because some of the musical pieces are entertaining and enjoyable and others are too abstract and bore me to death.

My favorite scene is by far The Sorcerer’s Apprentice which features Mickey Mouse using magic to try and clean up.

It always amazes me how many times that theme has appeared in so many Disney movies.

Its interesting to note that this movie still holds the record for being the longest Disney animated feature clocking in at slightly more than two hours.

The idea of merging classical music with animation was a novel one and I think that it works much better when it tries to tell a story instead of just abstract animation.

Bottom Line – Unbelievable idea that works in some pieces and bores in others. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is clearly the best of the lot by far. Recommended!

Rating – Globe Worthy

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