Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
|Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 2 was the musical setting for 'The Steadfast Tin Soldier', written by what famous storyteller?||'Fantasia' and 'Fantasia 2000'
Hans Christian Anderson. Anderson's work has been financially beneficial for Disney...he also wrote 'The Little Mermaid'.
Bela Lugosi. The Hungarian star of the original 'Dracula' in 1931.
|'Fantasia 2000's finale, Stravinsky's 'Firebird Suite' depicted the life, death and rebirth of a forest in the personification of a wood spirit. What prompted the arrival of the Firebird?||'Fantasia' and 'Fantasia 2000'
Volcano. Although there are no notes to support this, the aftermath of the eruption looks, to me, eerily like old photos of Mount St. Helens.
James Levine. Levine became Artistic Director of the Metropolitan Opera, the first ever given that status, in 1986 and conducted part of the 'Three Tenors' tour in 1997. In October, 2001, he became the first American director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
'Rite of Spring'. Igor Stravinski experimented in many music styles. The debut of 'Rite Of Spring' in 1913 shocked so many in the audience with its rough tones, that many left the theatre in anger.
Al Hirshfeld. One can see many of Hirshfeld's characature portraits of actors at Sardi's restaurant in New York City. Booth was a long-time cartoonist for the 'New Yorker'. Davis and Aragones's works can be found in 'Mad' magazine.
|With one exception, each animated presentation is for one composer and one musical piece. Which movie presents two composers in the same segment?||'Fantasia' and 'Fantasia 2000'
Fantasia. In a segment described as presenting 'both the profane and the sacred', a mountain inhabited by the Devil (Mussorgski's 'Night On Bald Mountain') gives way to an Easter morning procession (Schubert's 'Ave Maria') in the first film's finale.
|'Fantasia 2000' boasts various narrators from the world of film and music, including Steve Martin, Itzhak Perlman, Quincy Jones and others. Who was the only narrator in 'Fantasia'?||'Fantasia' and 'Fantasia 2000'
Deems Taylor. Joseph Deems Taylor (1885-1966) also narrated the musical documentary 'Of Men And Music' in 1951. The legendary conductor Stokowski headed the Philadelphia Orchestra for 'Fantasia'. Roy Disney made the initial introduction to '2000'. Other narrators in '2000' include Angela Lansbury, James Earl Jones and Bette Midler.
|Elgar's 'Pomp And Circumstance', most noted for being played at graduation ceremonies, was used by the Disney artists (as well as Donald and Daisy Duck) in what scenario?||'Fantasia' and 'Fantasia 2000'
Noah's Ark. I absolutely loved Donald Duck's expression when two REAL ducks got onto the Ark.
Gershwin. George Gershwin's 'Rhapsody In Blue' is the most recent composition, premiering in February, 1924. The only other composers whose presentations were written in the 20th Century were Stravinsky ('Firebird' in 1910, later revised in 1919, and 'Rite of Spring' in 1913) and Elgar ('Pomp and Circumstance' in 1901). However, in comparing release dates of the composition with the movie, 'Rite Of Spring' was only 17 years old when the first 'Fantasia' was released, while 'Rhapsody' was 75 when it debuted in '2000'.
Mozart. Tchaikowsky's 'Nutcracker' in in the first film, Shostakovich's 'Steadfast Tin Soldier' and Respighi's 'Pines Of Rome' are featured in the second.
|The works of Igor Stravinsky are represented in both movies, 'The Rite Of Spring' in the first, and 'The Firebird Suite' in the second. Who is the only other composer that shares this distinction?||'Fantasia' and 'Fantasia 2000'
Beethoven. Beethoven's Sixth ('Pastorale') Symphony is made into an homage to Greek mythology in the first film, while flying geometric figures mark his Fifth Symphony, opening the second film. While 'Paul Dukas' is also technically correct, it is for the same music and animation ('The Sorcerer's Apprentice').
|In both movies, one musical piece was set aside, to all appearences, purely for laughs. In 'Fantasia', this was Ponchielli's 'Dance of the Hours', featuring dancing ostriches, elephants, hippos and crocodiles. What was the '2000' equivalent?||'Fantasia' and 'Fantasia 2000'
Carnival of the Animals. Written by Camille Saint-Saens it became a marvelous piece involving a yo-yo and a bunch of flamingoes. Liner notes for the movie state that Saint-Saens detested the music and would only allow it to be performed after he died.
The Sorcerer's Apprentice. Paul Dukas' tale of a magician's assistant (Mickey Mouse) attempting his own brand of magic with disastrous results. The re-release in 2000 was introduced by magicians Penn and Teller.
1940. For the record, '2000' was released as an IMAX movie in November 1999. I personally consider the original the grandfather of the modern music video, an artistic expression of music (outside ballet) by someone other than the composer.
|Here's a good one. How many Germanic composers have works featured in the film (By Germanic, I mean they are from Germany or Austria)?||Disney's "Fantasia"
3. They are Bach, Beethoven, and Schubert, in order of appearance.
Bear. If I included Hippo in one of the answers it would have been too obvious.
|Which composer's piece features the only vocal sequence in the film besides the host's introductions?||Disney's "Fantasia"
Schubert's. Of course the Sound Track fellow provides an amusing sequence in the middle of the film, but none of what is produced by him is vocal.
Velociraptor. Raptors were not discovered at the time.
|According to the Walt Disney Archives, which piece was considered being made into a sequence but was considered "too German" at the beginning of WWII?||Disney's "Fantasia"
Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries. Other pieces considered and not used were "Invitation to the Dance", "Swan of Tuonella", and "Scenes from a Perambulator".
Claire De Lune. The "Claire De Lune" sequence by Debussy was eventually changed to "Blue Bayou" and included in the film "Make Mine Music".
Poseidon. Other gods and mythical creatures include: Vulcan, Isis, Diana, Vespers, Pegasus, Cupids, Centaurs, Satyrs, and a unicorn.
|According to The Walt Disney archives, who was the model for the sorcerer in "The Sorcerer's Apprentice"?||Disney's "Fantasia"
Boris Karloff. Bela Lugosi was the model for Chernabog in the "Night on Bald Mountain" sequence.
Overture Miniature. The familiar "March" was also cut from the film.
Mozart. Mozart's "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (A Little Night Music)" would have made a great segment! The ones that were used were Bach's "Tocatta and Fugue in D Minor", Beethoven's "Pastoral Symphony", and Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite".
Centaurette. This scene was highly controversial because the Centaurettes were originally shown bare breasted.
The Sorcerer's Apprentice. The animators worked on making Mickey cuter for this film. This was the first full length movie in which Mickey appeared with his new eyes.
Hop Low. Hop Low was the center of attention during the Chinese Dance. People who reviewed the movie referred to him as the Dopey of "Fantasia".
No. Though Donald appears in "Fantasia 2000", he does not appear in the original film.
|In Beethoven's "The Pastoral Symphony", what is the first mythological creature which is seen?||"Fantasia" Fun
Unicorn. The fifth piece which was introduced for "Fantasia" was Ludwig van Beethoven's, "The Pastoral Symphony", which had a mythological setting to it. The piece consisted of various mythological creatures, the first of which we saw were the unicorns running through a field. Other notable people from mythology seen in this piece were Zeus, Vulcan and Morpheus.
|In Dukas' "The Sorcerer's Apprentice", what did the sorcerer do at the end to punish Mickey?||"Fantasia" Fun
He swatted him with something.. The apprentice hoped that bringing the broom to life meant the broom would perform his chores for him so he could get out of the work himself. However, things went awry once the place flooded while the apprentice had a dream. The sorcerer put a stop to it and swatted Mickey with a broom as punishment.