At the end of 1939, Walt Disney decided to explore a completely new terrain that left everyone's mouths open: animating eight short stories that would be set to the music of legendary classical music themes.
Under the aegis of the Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by British emcee Leopold Stokowski, Fantasia, premiered on November 13, 1940, became the firm's third great classic.
80 years after its release, the film continues to captivate young and old with its wonderful message.
Toccata and Fugue in D Minor
Johann Sebastian Bach's piece opens the film, where the animation presents a series of abstract illustrations and geometric figures, inspired by the work of the German artist Oskar Fischinger, that dance to the beat of sounds.
It illustrates different fragments of the Ballet of The Nutcracker of the Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, evoking the four seasons. Fairies, mushrooms, flowers, fish and elves are brought to the screen to illustrate the magical transformations with different dances from regions such as China and Russia.
The sorcerer's apprentice
French composer Paul Dukas's melody features Mickey Mouse as a wizard's boy, who enchanted by his master's magic, will explore all the spells behind his mystical hat for one night ... until things quickly get out of hand. control.
Through this piece by the composer Igor Stravinski, the history of evolution is narrated: from small cells to the extinction of the dinosaurs, introducing the public to all the ferocity of the Jurassic world and the beings that came to inhabit it.
The short of "The Nutcracker" served as inspiration for the feature film The Nutcracker and the Four Kingdoms (2018), in which Helen Mirren, Eugenio Derbez and Morgan Freeman participated.
- In 2015, Disney reported that the segment "A Night on Peeled Mount" would be adapted into a live-action feature film, with a script treatment written by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless.