[MA-SOC] Animated Dance Sequences

Ralph Young ralphyoung at optonline.net
Tue Apr 24 08:22:56 EDT 2007


Unh.  I'm mixed up now.  I was thinking of the Dance of the Hours.

I think better of Fantasia 2000 than you do, even though I don't thnk it 
matched the original either.


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>
>
> Ralph-san,
>
> Hmmm, sure you're thinking of the "Rite of Spring"  sequence?  I've seen
> FANTASIA several times -- though not recently -- and  as I recall "Rite of 
> Spring"
> was envisioned by the animators as the  evolution of life on earth,
> culminating in a dramatic battle between two  dinosaurs and the subsequent 
> extinction
> of the giants.
>
> Though Stravinsky's piece is indeed meant to be a series of  dances (in 
> which
> the sacrificial virgin ultimately dances herself to death as  part of an
> ancient shamanic rite), I don't recall anything resembling a dance in  the 
> Disney
> animation of the piece.
>
> On the other hand, the Ponchielli "Dance of the Hours" segment  features a
> comic ballet by a troupe of alligators, ostriches, and hippos in  tutus. 
> IMHO,
> the least impressive part of FANTASIA, though an  entertaining break for 
> the
> kiddies.
>
> There are two other sequences of FANTASIA which feature  dance.... sort 
> of:
>
> One is a charming and oddly seductive water ballet  performed by some
> flirtatious veiltails to the Arabian Dance from Tchaikovsky's  "Nutcracker 
> Suite".
>
> The other -- my personal favorite FANTASIA segment --  is Moussorgsky's
> "Night on Bald Mountain".  Words can't adequately  describe the visual and
> emotional power of the fiery mountain coming  alive, unfolding into an 
> immense
> bat-winged satan, as a coven of sensuous  witches dances wildly in his 
> hand until
> they too morph into grotesque  demons.  This incredibly vivid and even 
> terrifying
> sequence, more than  any other in FANTASIA, lifts the entire film far 
> above
> garden-variety Disney fare and into the realm of serious, grownup  art.
>
> IMHO, Disney studios never again came remotely close to the  artistry of
> FANTASIA.  There were brief flashes of brilliance in many of  the 
> full-length
> films -- the "Hellfire" sequence in HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, the  stylized 
> battle
> with the Hydra in HERCULES, the octo-licious Ursula's  tour-de-force 
> rendition
> of "Poor Unfortunate Souls" in LITTLE MERMAID, the vivid  artwork of 
> MULAN,
> and (to some extent) LION KING in its entirety.  But in  general, there 
> were
> just too many cookie-cutter heroines, cutesy talking  animals, and 
> sound-alike
> songs.  And FANTASIA 2000 was pretty much a flop  -- aside from the cool 
> urban
> art-deco look of "Rhapsody in Blue", and the  breathtakingly imaginative
> "Pines of Rome" (the "flying blue whales" sequence),  it just couldn't 
> live up to
> the promise of the original.
>
> Just 2 yen from your Burukkurin buddy,
> The Jillster
> (who can't abide Mickey Mouse unless he's battling  workaholic brooms)
>
>
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> In a message dated 4/21/2007 10:58:43 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
> ralphyoung at optonline.net writes:
>
> the  Fantasia Rite of Spring  sequence
>
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