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This review is from: Fantasia [DVD]  (DVD)
Not your average film, I know. But I just loved this film, because of two aspects-
1)The visuals are absolutely stunning, and at the same time absolutely revolutionary. If you consider this was 1940 when they made this, what they managed to achieve was incredible, really taking techniques to the limit. I know these methods have now been superseded by other techniques, but what they achieved THEN was cutting-edge; and you just cannot help feeling admiration for the film-makers. Plus who will be able to forget Mickey Mouse as the Sorcerers Apprentice, the dancing hippos to Ponichelli's Music, the Rite of Spring sequence, the fire of Night on Bald Mountain, the visuals used in tandem to Bach's Toccata and Fugue? I certainly haven't! Okay, not your average plotline, but if you just take this film as showing what they could achieve when taking techniques to the limit, you cannot help but be amazed.
2)The music. I'm sorry, I just LOVE music! And in particular, I love classical music, and never will you get a better collection of classical music in a film(although Kubrick's Clockwork Orange and 2001 have wonderful soundtracks). Bach's Toccata and Fugue played by a full orchestra was a hugely revolutionary thing to do, given that it is an organ piece- and yet it is an absolutely brilliant arrangement. Dukas' Sorcerer's Apprentice, works so well in the film. Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, absolutely revolutionary in itself(causing riots when first performed in 1913), also wonderful piece of music(also listen to his Firebird or Petruchka). Beethoven's Pastorale(6th Symphony), okay not as good as his Fifth, his Eroica, his Moonlight Sonata or his Ninth(my fave classical piece), but again worked so well. Ponichelli's Dance of the Hours, unforgettable sequence with hippos that has to be heard and seen to understand the brilliance. Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite- ballet at its best. As for Mussgorgsky's fiery Night On Bald Mountain seguing into the angelic Ave Maria of Schubert, a wonderful experience when combined with the visual. I know I'm being irrational, but the sounds just work so well with the visuals that the film just works. I cannot explain why, it just...works.
So... not your average film then. But a must buy for film and music afficionados, as this is just perfection at its most revolutionary, and revolution at its most perfect, both aural and visual. Fantasia is just revolutionary perfection, you will be spellbound watching and hearing it.