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Fantasia (1940)


Written by Tim Dirks

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Fantasia (1940)

In Disney's experimental film with eight animated sequences beautifully integrating classical music and abstract images - and the first film to introduce 'stereo-like' Fantasound:

  1. Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor - live-action of the orchestra playing, segueing into abstract animation, and then returning back to the orchestra
  2. Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker Suite including tiny fairies sprinkling dew in the "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy," six red-topped mushrooms in "Chinese Dance," ballerina-shaped blossoms in "Dance of the Flutes," underwater goldfish in "Arab Dance," high-kicking and jumping Cossack-dressed thistles in "Russian Dance," and the approach of autumn and frost in "Waltz of the Flowers"
  3. Paul Dukas' classical The Sorcerer's Apprentice with apprentice Mickey Mouse in his master's wizard hat and the march of the relentless brooms carrying endless buckets of water - and his conducting of the stars in the sky
  4. Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring depicting the beginnings of the cosmos, solar system, and the planet Earth and then life itself - with the Age of the Dinosaurs
  5. Beethoven's 6th Symphony (Pastoral Symphony), depicting various legendary creatures and characters from the ancient mythical Greek world including a scene by the Brook with Centaurs and Centaurettes
  6. Ponchielli's Dance of the Hours - including ostriches, hippos, elephants, and alligators, and most memorably the hippos in tutus (Hippo Ballet)
  7. Moussorgsky's dramatic Night on Bald Mountain - a celebration of evil during the night of the Witches' Sabbath, featuring the demonic creature Chernobog
  8. the final dawn of light segment of Schubert's Ave Maria

"The Sorcerer's Apprentice"
"The Rite of Spring" (Age of Dinosaurs)

"Pastoral Symphony"

"Dance of the Hours"
"Night on Bald Mountain"
"Ave Maria"

"Toccata and Fugue in D Minor"

Nutcracker Suite: "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy"

Nutcracker Suite: "Chinese Dance"

Nutcracker Suite: "Dance of the Flutes"

Nutcracker Suite: "Arab Dance"

Nutcracker Suite: "Russian Dance"


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