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Fantasia (1940)


Written by Tim Dirks

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Movie Title/Year and Scene Descriptions

Fantasia (1940)

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

  • Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker Suite including the "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies" and six red-topped mushrooms in "Chinese Dance"
  • 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
  • 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
  • Beethoven's 6th Symphony (Pastoral Symphony), including a scene by the Brook with Centaurs and Centaurettes
  • Ponchielli's Dance of the Hours - including ostriches, hippos, elephants, and alligators, and most memorably the hippos in tutus (Hippo Ballet)
"The Rite of Spring"
(Age of Dinosaurs)
"Night on Bald Mountain"
"Ave Maria"
  • Moussorgsky's dramatic Night on Bald Mountain - a celebration of evil during the night of the Witches' Sabbath
  • the final dawn of light segment of Schubert's Ave Maria

"Chinese Dance"

"The Sorcerer's Apprentice"

"Pastoral Symphony"

"Dance of the Hours"


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