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.
When mixing some of the most beautiful music ever written with beautifully animated images, you get a film perfect for accompanying acid trips and childhood reminiscing alike! How could something like that not deserve 5 stars?
A fascinatingly anachronistic, and possibly foolhardy, endeavor. At its best at its most abstract, when it pierces the scrim of narrative that Disney imposes. It's too much to ask for my Disney Product to be less bourgeois and more avant-garde -- it's amazing it went this far in the first place -- but when both come in the same film, the imaginative superiority of abstraction over narrative becomes doubly obvious.
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.
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!
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.