An enthusiastic filmmaker thinks he’s come up with totally original idea: animation set to classical music! When he is informed that some American named “Prisney” has already done it, he decides to do his own version, using an orchestra comprising mostly old ladies and an animator he’s kept locked.
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What loses it is the fact that is so Italian-style. Pretending to mean more than can handle, from an interesting point of derision it get's lost in an accumulation of very bad taste Fellini-ish effects and overburdened jokes and figuration. The animation sections are mainly a legacy of an obsolete psychedelia and, again, particularly, burdened with significance. Just a curiosity.
Une animation des plus efficaces qui rappelle sans la renier (mais en la parodiant) le "Fantasia" de Walt Disney avec six petites historiettes construites sur des airs célèbres de grands compositeurs musicaux ..... www.cinefiches.com
Uneven animation ranging from the psychedelic and clumsy first sequence to 'Boléro' and 'Valse triste'. The crazy and absurd live-action elevates the whole film (a granny dancing with gorilla etc.), and even with technically inferior animation manages to succeed in poking fun at Disney and being more interesting than Fantasia. It's the relaxed and uncompromising approach that almost makes you forget the shortcomings.
A charming mix of deceptively-simple animation, occasional claymation and live action. It would be entertaining enough as is, but the farcical live-action framing segments push it towards classic status. I loved the fact that the gorilla's sneakers were clearly visible in a couple of shots.
Some forgettable stuff, but the 'Bolero' and 'Valse triste' segments are sheer genius. The first dazzles with its monumental scope, endless gags, great style and bravura animation, and the second with the most powerful emoting since 'Bycicle Thieves'.
I watched this because I saw Sibelius' Valse Triste segment on youtube. It was so visually stunning and emotionally moving that I had to see the rest. Unfortunately none of the other segments are as engaging, nor the animation in them nearly as beautiful. Bolero was downright decent. But I was dissapointed by all of the silly animations, slapstick, and awkward social commentary in the rest of the film.
Well several things to say about this movie, all good, but I will focus on my favorite part - Feline Fantasy, sounded by Jean Sibelius Valse Triste....the music is beautiful, and the piece about the ghost cat is so touching.....it matches the music so perfectly.....