Friday, January 31, 2014

Disney Movies - Fantasia [1940]

Not really one of the well-known Disney classics. Even if you were to mention "Fantasia" to someone they'd probably think of Fantasia 2000 [1999] instead.

I can say unequivocally that I wouldn't have had the patience to appreciate this movie when I was a kid. With the exception of Mickey's "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" segment, the rest of the movie is too abstract. The music alone wouldn't've been enough to keep my attention. Even the segments with narratives, of sorts, like "The Rite of Spring" were too slow.

In a word, this movie is not a kid's movie. It's definitely for a more mature audience. Hell, it had a 15 minute intermission.

At least PG-13 I think.

Finally, a piece of trivia for you: Michael Jackson's famous music video, Thriller, was played in movie theaters with Fantasia attached so that the music video would qualify for an Oscar under the category 'Short Film'. It didn't even get a nomination though.

I got an official count of the number of languages in which Disney released Frozen [2013]: forty-three. 43! \(ºヮº)/
Oh, and the mystery of the French vs. Canadian French versions sounding identical has been solved. The Canadian French version of the movie uses the French songs, i.e. spoken dialogue is by Canadian French voice actors but the song portions are reused from the French version. So Disney half-cheated by including both in that 25 language mash-up. Sure, both dubs exist but that slot could have been used to showcase one of the other 18 languages. As of this writing the wiki article's list is complete as far as language variety is concerned. Some song titles have yet to be announced (movie not yet released or some such). As a result, I don't trust some of these artist listings either. Just going to have to wait and see.