Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Concept Art From Fantasia's Dance of the Hours

   I love Fantasia in all its dry pretentious glory. Most people find it rather stiff and usually somewhat unwatchable...but I think of it in opposite terms.  Fluidity, mesmerizing movement, hypnotic.  These are the adjectives that come to mind when I ponder the grandiose vision of Walt.  And, like I said, also quite dry.
   Humor is not the focus here.  Though pretty dry themselves Snow White and Pinocchio both had plenty of gags thrown in for good measure. Fantasia is the first animated classic to take itself almost too seriously.  One exception to the rule is the Dance of the Hours segment, which proves itself a high water mark of ridiculous dichotomy.  A beautiful ballet by Italian composer Amilcare Ponchielli depicting the subtleties of a days time...acted out by ostriches, hippos, and alligators.   WON-DER-FUL.
   Here are some terrific concepts for the piece:


  1. I'd love to have that gator painting for the wall! Beautiful!

    It's amazing to think that, for the third feature, Walt dared to make a two hour film of classical music with no character dialogue! Playing it safe was not his way of doing business.