Film Club

Roli Mahajan
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TITLE:  Fantasia

YEAR: 1940

PRODUCER: Walt Disney

DIRECTORS: Samuel Armstrong, Bill Roberts, Ford Beebe and others.

GENRE: Fantasy, Animation, Musical


Walt Disney is a name synonymous with Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck as well as a series of characters that possibly all those who grew up in the late 80s enjoyed on Doordarshan during cartoon hour.

Today, advanced animation has caught the world's fancy, but there is still something about Disney.

So let's step into the world of the third full-length animated feature film fantasy. Disney wasn’t the first of cartoonists but he pushed the limits of the craft and married the cartoon with art. 

One of his greatest ever creations is a hidden gem — “Fantasia” which, in its own right, earned its place amongst the all-time great animated films. 

Based on musical

Initially it was conceived as an eight-minute film — “Sorcerer’s Apprentice” based on the musical composition of the same title by Paul Dukas, but when Disney saw the outcome he was eager to try his hands on other great musical pieces; eventually the film was almost a visual translation of the language called music created by the likes of Bach, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and others.

The result was an audacious but spectacularly original body of work that was way ahead of its time. 

Each of the short pieces takes on a visual journey or tells a different story that flourishes through perfect union of intense images and captivating music. The images are not always charming – sometime they are horrifying and challenge one's intelligence. 

“Fantasia” shows us what cartoon, as an artistic medium, can do. It might not find many fans amongst those of us who like the world of over-simplified animated films. 

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This is your chance to challenge your powers of understanding: art, music, cartoons and allegories.



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