Monday, 19 April 2010

Animation Timeline: Entry 12 - Fantasia (1940)

Fantasia is a feature length film created by Walt Disney in 1940. This feature length combines the mixture of cel-animation with the soundtrack of a live orchestra. What makes the animation from Disney well remembered is its eastern European influence with a darker, more evil sense of story and animation.

The animation was designed with the idea in mind that it would be completely silent, with the only sound being from a narrator and the live orchestra. This in turn worked very well with the animation, but not so well with the viewers due to its great difference from the classic Disney produced cartoons.

Fantasia features a series of animations ranging from live action footage of the orchestra to cel animated cartoons of mickey mouse, at the time of the animation Disney's fading character. The more memorable animations within the feature would be 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice' and 'Night on Bald Mountain', which are certainly the more darker animations.

The Sorcerer's Apprentice:

Night on Bald Mountain:

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