'Fantasia' Around The World
GIUSEPPE PENNISI visits the big screen in Rome
Do you remember Walt Disney's Fantasia? A 'concert movie', then a new concept, premiered on 13 November 1940, in only thirteen cinemas especially equipped with Fantasound — special machinery to give the audience the illusion that the music was not recorded but live as in a concert hall. Leopold Stokowski conducted the Philadelphia Orchestra to accompany ten animated episodes with well-known pieces of classical concert music. Making Fantasia cost the Disney factory three years of hard labor by some three thousands designers, animators, technicians and no less than ten movie directors. The success was such that in 1999, Roy Disney, Walt's grand-son, produced Fantasia 2000 with different musical pieces and episodes. Of course, computers were enlisted to replace the earlier handmade pictures and animation; the recorded music was directed by James Levine and played by the Chicago Symphony.
Poster for 'Fantasia 2000'. © Walt Disney Pictures
Copyright © 11 January 2016 Giuseppe Pennisi,