[Smt-talk] Fantasia/was Rite of Spring Animation

Ciro Scotto ciro.scotto7 at gmail.com
Fri May 24 08:19:17 PDT 2013

Hello All,

To add another branch to a growing thread, I would like to recommend the Italian film Allegro Non Troppo. It is a parody of Disney's Fantasia, but also a wonderful film in its own right. Here is a link to Wikipedia with information:


The setting of Ravel's Bolero in contrast to Disney's setting of The Rite of Spring is alone worth the price of admission.



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On May 24, 2013, at 10:00 AM, Clendinning, Jane wrote:

> Judith,
> I think the video you are referring to is from Disney’s movie Fantasia (1940), which was in theatrical release in 1963 and again in 1969.  There are several movements from the Nutcracker Suite in the video, with animation, along with The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and other classical music.  I clearly recall seeing this movie in a theater when I was young, too.   It was not like anything we had ever seen, and I had the soundtrack album at home, too—one of the few Classical albums I heard before high school.
> About 15 years ago, the Big Bend Community Orchestra, which I played horn in at the time, did something interesting with the video—we provided the sound of the pieces by performing them live, synchronized to the images.  It was fun for the orchestra members—and challenging—as well as being very entertaining for the audience.  That is a community service orchestra made of amateurs, retired professional musicians, and professional musicians playing on their second or third instruments, and the audience was full of children, some of whom came up on stage for part of the concert to watch and listen from among the orchestra.
> Anyway, that’s likely the one you saw.  I have the Fantasia VHS, but not time now to cue it up and check to see if the video matches your description . . . and Disney assiduously pulls down any videos from YouTube, so it is not there, though the album soundtrack is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7_udO2jo6k
> All best regards (to Judith and to list-readers!)
> Jane
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