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Monday, 20 September 2010
Today creating images to interpret music is very common, but 70 years ago it was revolutionary, and Fantasia truly became a milestone in animation, stereophonic audio recording and cinema due to its 120 minute long creation of the revolution. Quite rightly so.
Conducted to passionate perfection by Leopold Stokowski Fantasia consists of eight wide-ranging sequences of ambitious, amusing, beautifully detailed and experimental animation, accompanied by pieces of work by some of the all-time great composers - Bach, Tchaikovsky, Dukas, Stravinsky, Beethoven, Ponchielli, Shubert and Mussorgsky - played by the Philadelphia Orchestra.
If you're a musician then the best animated abstraction will be that that accompanies Bach's Tocatta and Fugue in D Minor, as the music is in perfect sync with the images, clearly making it the most intricately and carefully created sequence.
The most memorable sequence, however is Mickey Mouse (Walt Disney) at his most delightful as the Sorcerer's Apprentice, trying to halt the self-replicating brooms that he had conjured to do his chores. The pace and Mickey's body language and reactions (timed perfectly to go alongside the music) make this a truly magical, memorable and even farcical sequence. Other memorable sequences include a chorus line of dancing, anthropomorthic mushrooms - part of a series of smaller sequences that go with Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite - and ballerina hippos daintily dancing and fleeing from caped alligators to Ponchielli's Dance of the Hours - both of which, like all the other sequences are so beautifully and intricately animated and in sync with the music, and so wonderful and enjoyable to watch.
All in all Fantasia is intricately created, beautifully detailed and so uplifting that you will instantly fall in love with this irresistable film, which more than deservedly became a milestone in cinema history, and inspired thousands of artists and experimental film makers to interpret/express music through art/images.
Stars: Leopold Stokowski, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Deems Taylor, Walt Disney.
Oscars: Honorary Award (Walt Disney, William E. Garrity, J.N.A. Hawkins), Honorary Award (Leopold Stokowski).