HOME |  JOIN |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Bag Boy Lover Boy
Sleepless Night
Willy McBean and His Magic Machine
Robbery
Tag
Never Back Down
Doraemon: Nobita's Little Star Wars
Kriminal
It Comes at Night
Strangled
Mojin - The Lost Legend
Poison Ivy
Celine and Julie Go Boating
Union Station
My Brother Talks to Horses
Storks
Big Sick, The
Phantom Creeps, The
Houseboat
White Dress for Mariale, A
Wall, The
Deadline at Dawn
Batman vs Two-Face
56, rue Pigalle
Mermaid, The
Fear No Evil
Caribbean Dream, A
Nightbeast
Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe
Human Cobras
   
 
Newest Articles
The Whicker Kicker: Whicker's World Vols 5&6 on DVD
The Empress, the Mermaid and the Princess Bride: Three 80s Fantasy Movies
Witching Hour: Hammer House of Horror on Blu-ray
Two Sides of Sellers: The Party vs The Optimists
Norse Code: The Vikings vs The Long Ships
Over the Moon - Space: 1999 The Complete Series on Blu-ray Part 2
Alpha Males and Females - Space: 1999 The Complete Series on Blu-ray Part 1
Animated Anxieties: From the Era of the Creepiest Cartoons
Manor On Movies--Clegg (1970)
Plans for Nigel: The Crunch... and Other Stories on DVD
   
 
  Fantasia Hooked On ClassicsBuy this film here.
Year: 1940
Director: Various
Stars: Leopold Stokowski, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Deems Taylor, Mickey Mouse
Genre: Musical, Animated, Fantasy
Rating:  8 (from 4 votes)
Review: A collection of classical music by such composers as Bach, Beethoven, Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky is accompanied by various animated sequences to create a feast for the eyes and ears.

This is one of the rare Disney features that appeals more to adults than it does to children. While classical music buffs might find it too crass, fans of the more traditional Disney fairytales may find it too highbrow, hence its cult status that grew after its initial failure at the box office.

The film's appeal is that when it gets it right, it successfully blends whimsy and a lightness of touch that makes it quite charming. Although the least effective episode, the much-maligned, mythological Pastoral Symphony fails to do this at all, coming across as sickly sweet.

On the other hand, the best, and rightly most famous, episode is the Sorcerer's Apprentice, where Mickey Mouse conjures up a magical labour-saving device that turns against him in splendid fashion: here is what the project sets out to do - a perfect match of the music and the image. On the more serious side, The Rite of Spring tells the story of creation just as impressively.

Other high points include the Dance of the Hours, which, with its gallumphing hippos and ostriches, mixes humour with the music in a way that the Pastoral Symphony fails to do, and the Toccata and Fugue, a successful attempt at a more abstract style that gets things off to a fine start. And for the ending, A Night on Bald Mountain, with its demons and hellfire, is contrasted with the slightly more wishy-washy Ave Maria that should see you home safely.

But is it art? Walt Disney obviously thought it was, and if it's good enough for him, it, er, might be good enough for you. However, many thought he was out of his depth with Fantasia, and you can't deny it's pretentious. You could always watch it while stoned, which, so I'm told, enhances the experience greatly. Also with: lots of bubbles, for some reason.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 6654 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Who's the best?
Robin Askwith
Mark Wahlberg
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Andrew Pragasam
Keith Rockmael
Paul Shrimpton
Enoch Sneed
Ian Phillips
Jensen Breck
Paul Smith
   

 

Last Updated: