Walt Disney's Psychedelic Movie

Written by Stephen Schochet

Chasen's restaurant in old Hollywood was a legendary hangout were movie stars expected to dine in peaceful private booths on barbecued chili without putting up with celebrity gawkers. There were occasional breaks inrepparttar quiet. Jimmy Stewart's bachelor party was thrown there complete with midgets clad only in diapers jumping out of cakes. Humphrey Bogart and Peter Lorre got drunk one night and stolerepparttar 124151 restaurant's safe, carrying it out ontorepparttar 124152 street until they were caught. WC Fields once caused his girlfriend Carlotta Monti great anguish by dining at Chasens with another woman. She called up nearby Cedar Sinai Hospital and told them thatrepparttar 124153 comedian was having a heart attack, resulting in an ambulance coming to fetch him inrepparttar 124154 middle of dinner. And in 1938repparttar 124155 conductor ofrepparttar 124156 Philadelphia Orchestra,repparttar 124157 long haired, flamboyant Leopold Stokowski, in town to carry on a discreet love affair with Greta Garbo, had his dinner interrupted by a note from a waiter saying that Walt Disney wanted to meet him.

The cartoon maker andrepparttar 124158 maestro were surprised that both were fans of each other. As always Walt saw meetings with talent as an opportunity to pushrepparttar 124159 creative envelope. In fifteen years of running his animation studio, Disney had used music to supplement gags and stories, now he wanted to reverserepparttar 124160 formula. While recently attending a symphony atrepparttar 124161 Hollywood Bowl he had been enthralled listening to The Sorcerer's Apprentice by Paul Dukas. What if it were combined with a state ofrepparttar 124162 art, twenty minute animated cartoon? It could raise animation to a higher art form and introduce new audiences to classical music who had never appreciated it before. Stokowski lovedrepparttar 124163 idea so much he volunteered to conduct it for free. He also suggested several other pieces that could be presented with animation as well. And so Fantasia (1940) was born.

Disney's other reason to make Sorcerer was to saverepparttar 124164 career of Mickey Mouse. A superstitious man, who like many in Hollywood consulted fortune tellers, he felt that if Mickey died, his whole organization would go down with him. The problem was that Mickey like many stars was now type cast. He had gone from being mischievous to bland. It had gotten torepparttar 124165 point where Walt would get letters of complaint every timerepparttar 124166 little guy would misbehave onrepparttar 124167 screen. He had been surpassed in popularity byrepparttar 124168 mean-spirited but more versatile Donald Duck. Walt also felt thatrepparttar 124169 high pitched voice that he himself provided forrepparttar 124170 mouse was not exciting for audiences to hear, his role in Fantasia would be silent. Disney remained Mickey's strongest advocate, despite his artist's suggestionsrepparttar 124171 four foot rodent was a dumb character who should be replaced inrepparttar 124172 film by Dopey. Their disdain lead torepparttar 124173 phrase,"A Mickey Mouse Operation" used to describe things that are second rate.

At that time, flush withrepparttar 124174 huge success of Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs (1937)repparttar 124175 37-year-old Walt Disney was atrepparttar 124176 height of his creative powers. Visitors torepparttar 124177 studio were amazed by his boundless energy, they would have more surprised to find out he had suffered a nervous breakdown eight years earlier. His anything is possible attitude carried over to many of his artists who were zany characters to begin with. Working on Fantasia with highbrow types like Stokowski and music critic Deems Taylor, Walt would sometimes feel embarrassed by their immature behavior. Don't be, he was told, Your cartoonists are likerepparttar 124178 elves in Santa's workshop.

Vision Music USA Takes Their Services To The Next Level

Written by Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck


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