Director, writer, producer and narrator James “Jim” Algar loved the action and adventure associated with creating Disney’s nature and animal pictures. While directing the True-Life Adventure “The African Lion” in 1955, he lived among the lions of Kenya and while producing the feature “Ten Who Dared” in 1960, he challenged the raging white water rapids of the Colorado River.
Among the many hats he wore, however, the most important was that of storyteller. Jim penned five Academy Award-winning motion pictures for Disney, including “Nature’s Half Acre,” “The Living Desert” and “The Vanishing Prairie.”
As vice chairman of The Walt Disney Company Roy E. Disney once recalled, “Jim was a great storyteller, who made invaluable contributions to our animated classics, theme parks and especially, our nature films. He added tremendously to the Studio’s reputation for superior storytelling.”
Born June 11, 1912, in Modesto, California, Jim attended Stanford University, where… read more
There are only a few of the shorts that are truly memorable. The last one from Stravinsky may be the only great one. It doesn't feel like a wholehearted effort, and the running time may be proof of that. They even had the inclusion of the Sorcerer's apprentice seems out of place. It's entertaining but not transcendental... the music if of course amazing.
Anybody who knows me, knows that Fantasia is in my Top 10 Favorite Films of All Time. I remember getting excited when I first heard about it. I saw this in 2000 during its initial release in big cities. I saw it on IMAX in NYC and was blown away. As time passed, my opinion of it went down and down. It is not as good as the original, but how many films are? It is an okay sequel, some segments are good, some are bad...
There is no warmth, no risk. It feels like a musical number at the Oscars...something hastily made, and reworked for maximum blandness. The most exciting moment?...when they reveal all the options that were considered and then rejected...ALL of them sound better than what made the final cut. I would love to have seen something as edgy as Bald Mountain...but no luck.