Another blast from the reviewing past and one of the most gorgeously animated films of all time: Disney’s FANTASIA. Click through for the full review.
Originally posted on Atomic Anxiety:
Fantasia (1940) – The 3rd Walt Disney Animation Feature – Directed by Samuel Armstrong, James Algar, Bill Roberts, Paul Satterfield, Ben Sharpsteen, David D. Hand, Hamilton Luske, Jim Handley, Ford Beebe, T. Hee, Norm Ferguson, and Wilfred Jackson – Starring Deems Taylor, Leopold Stokowski, and the Philadelphia Orchestra.
FANTASIA is a brilliant movie, but it’s best savored up close or far away, and not in that middle distance where you usually watch a movie – as a narrative arc that builds drama and resolves conflict. The movie, now shockingly 70 years old but still as gorgeous as any animated movie made today – whether that animation is rendered by hand or computer – offers 8 animated shorts, stitched together by connecting scenes of Leopold Stokowski and the Philly Orchestra playing and Deems Taylor serving as host, introducing the music the Orchestra will be performing.
FANTASIA is that rare movie that works best when you take its parts and view them separately. Designed originally as a roadshow event, it purposely invites you to think of this movie as a big night out at the theatre, from the live-action shots of the conductor (Stokowski) and orchestra warming up and playing, filmed largely from the angle of a person with really good seats in the audience.