Friday, 12 March 2010


Of all the films that we have watched, one that brought back a nostalgic appreciation from my childhood would have to be Fantasia. As a child I always overlooked the amount of effort that was put into the film, therefore appreciating its magical and poetical dance flickering on the screen before me. On the contrary, this currently gives me a better understanding to its overall power and artistic indulgence.

The film was made in 1940 by the magical hands of Walt Disney, being the third full feature length film from his legacy of films to come. Fantasia is based on merging moving imagery with musical scores that, in effect, work harmoniously together to create an elegant flow of artistic expressionism. Although a masterpiece of craftsmanship and hard work, Fantasia became a flop in popularity and ceased to gain a name for itself for many years until recent changes in acknowledging its greatness. Many different editions have been brought out, each over time trying to restore as much of the original film as possible.

Here are the different chapters set within the film Fantasia. Each other them depict a different scenario with a change in the mood of the music played.

  • Toccata and Fugue in D Minor
  • Nutcracker Suite
  • The Sorcerer's Apprentice
  • The Rite of Spring
  • Intermission/Meet the Soundtrack
  • The Pastoral Symphony
  • Dance of the Hours
  • Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria 
The most famous out of these scenes would probably be the Sorcerer's Apprentice. This may be due to the fact Mikey Mouse is in the story as a main character plus giving the audience an understanding of the personality he endeavors which also becomes typecast to his nature in films to come where he is featured.

The flourishing extremes of blossoming colour and the strong sounds associating to the dancing imagery speaks words about its powerful underlying beauty. The film imposes different storylines and metaphorical messages of morality through this means of exhibiting information.

I'm also fond of the crushing twist at the end of the film, where the closing scene is dark and based on a demon like character portraying death and destruction through dragging civilization to hell at his own will. What is this to say about mankind? or the nature of Animation?

Overall I really enjoy this film and the effort put into creating it.


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