Synopsis: Disney animators set pictures to Western classical music as Leopold Stokowski conducts the Philadelphia Orchestra. "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" features Mickey Mouse as an aspiring magician who oversteps his limits. "The Rite of Spring" tells the story of evolution, from single-celled animals to the death of the dinosaurs. "Dance of the Hours" is a comic ballet performed by ostriches, hippos, elephants, and alligators. "Night on Bald Mountain" and "Ave Maria" set the forces of darkness and light against each other as a devilish revel is interrupted by the coming of a new day.
Production: Walt Disney Productions
  8 wins & 1 nomination.
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125 min

How do you do?

My name is Deems Taylor,

and it's my very pleasant duty

to welcome you here...

on behalf of Walt Disney,

Leopold Stokowski...

and all the other

artists and musicians

whose combined talents

went into the creation

of this new form of

entertainment, "Fantasia"

What you are going to see...

are the designs

and pictures and stories...

that music inspired in the minds

and imaginations...

of a group of artists.

In other words,

these are not going to be...

the interpretations of trained musicians,

Which I think is all to the good.

Tehre are three kinds of music

on this "Fantasia" program.

First there's the kind that tells a definite story.

Then there's the kind, that

while it has no specific plot,

does paint a series of

more or less definite pictures.

Then there's third kind,

music that exists simply for its own sake.

The number that opens

our "Fantasia" program,

the "Toccata and Fugue,"

is music of this third kind--

what we call

"absolute music."

Even the title

has no meaning...

beyond a description

of the from of the music.

What you will

see on the screen..

is a picture of the

various abstract images...

that might pass

through your mind...

if you sat in a concert hall

listening to this music.

At first, you're more or less

conscious of the orchestra,

so our picture opens...

with a series of impressions

of the conductor and players.

Then the music begins to suggest other things...

to your imagination.

The might be...

oh, just masses of color.

Or they may be

cloud forms...

or great landscapes

or vague shadows...

or geometrical objects

floating in space.

So now we present...

the "Toccata and Fugue

in D minor"

by Johann Sebastian Bach,

interpreted in pictures

by Walt Disney and his associates,

and the music by

the Philadelphia Orchestra...

and its conductor Leopold Stokowski.

You know, it's funny...

how wrong an artist can be

about his own work.

Now, the one composition of Tchaikovsky's...

that he really detested...

was his "Nutcracker Suite"

Which is probably the most popular

thing he ever wrote.

It's a series af dances taken out of a

full-length ballet called "The Nutcracker"...

that he once composed

for the St. Petersburg Opera House.

It wasn't much of a success

and nobody performs it nowadays,

but I'm pretty sure you'll recognize

the music of the suite when you hear it.

Incidentally, you won't see

any nutcracker on the screen.

There is nothing like to him

but the title.

Now we're going to hear

a piece of music...

that tells a very definite story.

As a matter of fact, in this case

the story came first...

and the composer wrote the music

to go with it.

It's a very old story,

one that goes back almost 2000 years.

A legend about a sorcerer

who had an apprentice.

He was a bright young lad,

very anxious to learn the business.

As a matter of fact,

he was a little bit too bright,

because he started practising...

some of the boss's best magic tricks...

before learning how to control them.

One day, for instance, when he'd

been told by his master...

to carry water to fill a cauldron,

he had the brilliant idea...

of bringing a broomstick

to life to carry the water for him.

Well, this worked

very well at first.

Unfortunately, however, having forgotten

the magic formula...

that would make the broomstick

stop carrying the water,

he found he' started

something he couldn't finish.

Mr. Stokowski.

Mr. Stokowski.

My congratulations, sir.

Congratulations to you, Mickey.

Gee, thanks.

Well, so long!

I'll be seeing you.


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Joe Grant

Joe Grant was a Jewish animator and writer for The Walt Disney Company. He co-wrote "Der Führer's Face" with fellow Disney legend Dick Huemer. more…

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