November 17, 2018, 03:09 PM
The 1940 film ‘Fantasia’ was Disney’s animated ode to classical music – and was followed by ‘Fantasia 2000’. Here’s a guide to all the great music included in the films.
fantasia was disney’s love letter to classical music and became a classic, loved by generations of children and adults. So it’s no surprise that the company revisited the idea with Fantasia 2000, Disney’s 38th animated feature film and the sequel to the original Fantasia film.
Both films are made up of animated scenes from some of the most famous pieces of classical music. In the 1940s original, the music was performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra and conductor James Stokowski. the songwriter and music critic believes that taylor introduced the different segments.
In Fantasia 2000, the cast includes violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman, producer/musician Quincy Jones, magic duo Penn & narrator and actors steve martin, bette midler and angela lansbury.
the sorcerer’s apprentice – paul dukas
This is the only piece of music that featured in both the 1940 and 2000 versions of Fantasia. In the 2000 version, the scene is introduced by magicians Penn & Teller and tells the story of Mickey Mouse as a sorcerer’s apprentice. He battles an army of broomsticks that come to life as he tries to regain control of his magical abilities.
symphony no. 5 – ludwig van beethoven
The dramatic first movement of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony features an animation of abstract shapes forming butterflies battling a swarm of bats.
Rome Pines – Ottorino Respighi
Violinist Itzhak Perlman introduces this scene to the audience. In a world where humpback whales are able to fly, a whale calf becomes trapped in an iceberg. It manages to escape and reunite with its parents and the whales happily fly into outer space.
the rite of spring – stravinsky
Walt Disney and Composers Discuss Fantasia. Picture: Getty
Stravinsky almost certainly wasn’t thinking of dinosaurs when he wrote his ballet The Rite of Spring. But Walt and his team of animators decided to tell the story of these prehistoric creatures using the dramatic, angular sounds of Stravinsky’s masterpiece.
and has become one of the most famous movie sequences of the 1940s.
rhapsody in blue – george gershwin
gershwin’s jazzy rhapsody in blue scores scenes from new york in the 1930s. the animation is set in the style of al hirschfeld, a cartoonist of the time, and follows the intertwined stories of four people living in the city . The scene is hosted by jazz icon Quincy Jones with pianist Ralph Grierson.
piano concerto no. 2 – dimitri shostakovich
based on hans christian andersen’s fairy tale ‘the tin soldier’, this scene uses piano concerto no. 2 to illustrate the story of a broken toy soldier who falls in love with a toy ballerina. music features pianist yefim bronfman.
the carnival of animals – camille saint-saëns
What would happen if you gave a yo-yo to a flock of flamingos? disney uses the music of saint-saën to try to find out in this slapstick animation.
pomp and circumstance – edward elgar
In this scene based on the Noah’s Ark story, Donald Duck is Noah’s assistant and Daisy Duck is Donald’s wife. Elgar’s soulful music underscores Donald Duck’s trials and tribulations as he herds the animals to board the ark.
firebird suite – igor stravinsky
stravinsky’s firebird suite accompanies the story of a pixie and a moose who accidentally awaken the firebird, a fire spirit that destroys the forest. the sprite uses his powers to restore the forest to its former glory.
night on bald mountain – modest mussorgsky
Leopold Stokowski on Structuring of Music Scene. Picture: Getty
Mussorgsky’s unsettling music find the perfect visual counterpart in this dark sequence from the original Fantasia: an dark winged figure swoops down into a valley bringing darkness, and presumably evil intent with him.