July 17, 1991 |
Walt Disney's animation classic "Fantasia" will be updated with several new segments now being created for release in 1996-97. The revamped version, to be called "Fantasia Continued," will fulfill Disney's original wish to keep the 1941 film fresh by periodically replacing old segments with new ones, the studio said earlier this week. "We would . . . change the program just like the ballet does," Disney said when "Fantasia" was released. Details about the new segments and which old ones would be dropped were not released.
May 19, 2007 |
A new face on Broadway has done something that producer Oprah Winfrey couldn't - convinced this reviewer that "The Color Purple" is a must-see. But it is right now and will be through October. "American Idol" winner Fantasia gives such a powerful performance in her Broadway debut that it's almost, to borrow a lyric from the show, "too beautiful for words. " What makes it even more of a triumph is that Fantasia had never acted on stage or even seen a Broadway show before stepping into the role that won La Chanze a Tony last year.
February 11, 1991 |
The Neverending Story, the 1984 film directed by Wolfgang (Das Boot) Petersen, was an intense fantasy about, well, fantasy. The story of a boy who loses himself completely to the book he is reading - so much so that the barrier between reality and imagination breaks down - it follows young Bastian Bux as he is sucked into Fantasia, a magical realm that is imploding with despair and that, it seems, only he can save. A new-age fairy tale adapted from German author Michael Ende's 1979 novel, it was a global hit and a video bestseller, which explains why mobs of families turned out this weekend to catch The Neverending Story II - The Next Chapter.
October 31, 1991 |
At the top of this week's list of new movies on video: a genuine classic from Walt Disney, a documentary of the Beatles' first visit to the United States, a sizzling tale of love and music, and a modern retelling of the legend of Robin Hood. FANTASIA (1940) (Disney) $24.99. 120 minutes. Mickey Mouse cavorts to classical music in this charming, entertaining and occasionally pretentious anthology of Disney cartoons that illustrates well-known pieces by Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky and others.
October 31, 1991 |
Whoever invented fast-forward probably got the idea while watching Fantasia. We're not talking about its delightful segments, such as The Dance of the Hours, which memorably features hippos pirouetting in tutus and toe shoes. We're talking about such interminable sequences as The Rite of Spring, which traces the evolution of the universe from amoeba to dinosaur and unfolds, it would seem, during the entire Mesozoic Era. The Disney chestnut that prefigured MTV by marrying eight pieces of classical music with animated imagery will be available as of tomorrow on videocassette, so now it's safe for children.
September 7, 2010
ITOTALLY agree with columnist Jenice Armstrong that Fantasia is treated differently because of her looks. She is a beautiful black woman, but society places different stipulations on dark-skinned, full-lipped women. I have these features, and I feel beautiful, but growing up was different. I was constantly teased about how I looked. It took me years to learn how to really love myself. When I didn't, it was OK to sleep around, wear revealing clothes and everything else to get attention.
August 1, 1991 |
The forthcoming video release of Fantasia on Nov. 1, priced at $24.99, was the surprise announcement last month at a convention of video retailers in Las Vegas. Walt Disney Studio chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg showed up in the desert heat to do the honors and to lend the appropriate gravity to the moment. This was, after all, the movie that Walt Disney regarded as the ultimate marriage of art and music. It combines his studio's celebrated animation with the work of Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky and Bach as interpreted by Leopold Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra.
September 20, 1990 |
For the past five decades, the gateway to classical music for much of America has been Walt Disney's 1940 animated film "Fantasia," with the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Leopold Stokowski. The 50th anniversary of its premiere will be celebrated tomorrow at a gala 8 p.m. screening at Olde City Cinema to benefit the Curtis Institute of Music. "Fantasia" is less a movie than an animated concert of eight pieces of classical music interspersed with live action shots of the orchestra.
July 26, 2013 |
You can rebel against Disney's Fantasia all you want with thoughts like "Oh, that old thing. . . . It's so naive. . . . Please, not those hippos in tutus again . . . . " But when it was there on the big screen Tuesday at the Mann Center in Disney's Fantasia: Live in Concert With the Philadelphia Orchestra , the total package had a way of completely circumventing one's adult defenses. It remains captivating. Of course, the Philadelphia Orchestra enjoys a special ownership: Even though the Chicago Symphony Orchestra played on the soundtrack for the sequel, Fantasia 2000 , Philadelphia had the 1940 original, with Leopold Stokowski towering over Mickey Mouse in their famous handshake.
February 26, 1986 |
Childe Byron, Romulus Linney's lyrical drama of reconciliation of child with parent, has received a production from the Wilma Theater that catches the play's intensity and unique character. Nothing in the contemporary theater is quite like this fantasia on the life of Lord Byron as seen by the daughter he loved but never knew after infancy. Extended passages from the poet's work, including Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, have been incorporated as dialogue in the confrontation that occurs in the imagination of Byron's lost daughter, Ada. Sections of Berlioz's music, some of it inspired by Byron's work, enhance the musical nature of the play's construction.