Walt Disney's Psychedelic Movie

Written by Stephen Schochet

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If Walt was ignorant about some classical music pieces, he made up for it by plunging into Fantasia with boyish enthusiasm. His imagination was translated into unique visions byrepparttar Disney animators. A Bach passage reminded him of a bowl of spaghetti, he was later amused when critics saw something profound inrepparttar 124151 simple drawings that appeared on screen. Stokowski suggested they use a piece called Sacre du Printemps or Rite Of Spring, by Igor Stravinsky. "Socker, what's that?" Walt asked. After he heardrepparttar 124152 music he wired ten thousand dollars to Stravinsky for permission to use it. The desperate Russian composer neededrepparttar 124153 cash to get safe passage out of occupied Paris. Sacre was transformed from ancient pagan rituals to accompany a powerful depiction of Earth's evolution. Beethoven's sixth symphony, The Pastoral, was changed from a peaceful countryside setting to a Mount Olympus spectacle where unicorns, centaurs and nymphs roamed freely. After seeingrepparttar 124154 completed work forrepparttar 124155 first time Walt said with wide-eyed innocence,"Wow! This will make Beethoven!" Like what George Lucas would later do with THX, Walt developed a new recording system called Fantasound, so that audiences would be able to enjoyrepparttar 124156 rich quality ofrepparttar 124157 music. All of this spending was viewed with alarm by his tightfisted business partner and classical music hating brother Roy, who annoyed Walt by suggesting they use some Tommy Dorsey tunes instead.

With past films Disney had often bowed to pressure from his financial backers to finish them early while he was still tinkering, trying to make them perfect. Giving in torepparttar 124158 money men always gave him a sense of loss. He dreamed Fantasia would play forever in some theaters with new segments constantly being added, an endlessly ongoing project. But Fantasia was a crushing disappointment for Walt in 1940. Many movie theater owners refused to pay forrepparttar 124159 installation of Fantasound, givingrepparttar 124160 film very limited distribution. The exhibitors who did show it charged much higher admission prices than normal keeping audiences away. The people that did come were often put off byrepparttar 124161 lack of a story orrepparttar 124162 frightening devil inrepparttar 124163 Night On Bald Mountain sequence, for whom Bela Lugosi wasrepparttar 124164 real life model. Roy, who had indulged his brother because he was certain they would break even overseas, saw World War II cut off much ofrepparttar 124165 foreign market. Classical music aficionados likerepparttar 124166 ungrateful Stravinsky looked down their noses at Disney's masterpiece. Fantasia was cut in length and went into mass release asrepparttar 124167 second half of a double feature. The Disney brothers took a financial bath they nearly never recovered from.

Fifteen years later Mickey Mouse was back on top with The Mickey Mouse Club television show and Walt finally got his ongoing dream project with Disneyland. But unlike other initial money losers he made, such as Bambi (1942) and Pinocchio (1940), he never lived to see Fantasia become profitable. Shortly before he died in 1966 he said,"Fantasia? Well I don't regret it but if I had to do it over again, I wouldn't."

In 1968repparttar 124168 Beatle's cartoon Yellow Submarine did very well withrepparttar 124169 psychedelic crowd. Sensing a new market for Fantasia,repparttar 124170 Disney studio re-released it andrepparttar 124171 film was finally made profitable by drug tripping hippies who speculated that Walt must have been on something when he produced it.

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Vision Music USA Takes Their Services To The Next Level

Written by Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck

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