One of the most brilliant psychodream display cases ever assembled. A melting pot of alchemical splendor. Surely some of which is laughable, as we psychoanalyze its seamstresses; but surpassing the surface, the transitions are translucent; jammed with esoteric science and phenomenological metamorphoses. Night on Bald Mountain (and its ethereal kingdomism ascension) rests among the finest cinematic hallucinations.
The full-length version of this movie is a masterpiece, which hits your visual and aural senses hard, but in a harmonious manner. Loved the "Night on Bald Mountain," "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" sequences, as well as the opening sequence with the clouds that turn into musical notes and wispy violins.
Talk about the Sacred and Profane... A Curate’s Egg that nevertheless must be applauded for sheer bravery, skill and audacity. It’s an utter mish-mash - the glorious Bach abstractions; the vulgar Ponchielli sequence - but the fact is: it’s there, it remains so, and is a semi-popular dollop of spoonfuls of sugar in popularising concert hall staples. It’s hard graft in one sitting but rewards selective revisits.
4.5 stars. As a kid I watched this obsessively because I believed it was educational for me to do so. I was a very conscientious child. Some of the animation still startles and delights. It's the most majestically kitsch film object in existence! Apparently it ticked off Stravinsky no end!
Overlong concert animation film consisting of short films synchronized to classic music. My favorite was the somber "Night on the Bald Mountain", the Mickey Mouse one and probably the first one that is a more abstract short movie. It do have a problematic rhythm though as there is a lot of the short films that are too long and would have been better in a "Silly Symphonies" short film.
Animation teaching you to visualize what you hear. Fantasia taught me the appreciation of music when I was 13 and it still has that effect on me even at 33.
It says a lot when I hear most classical pieces immediately dancing mushrooms, flowers lighting up, Micky Mouse massacring broomsticks and dancing hippos and aligators spring to mind. Yet the closer of Bald Mountain and Ava Maria is just completely masterful.