On this day in 1940 — 75 years ago — the Disney classic Fantasia was released. I’m not that fond of it. It’s good film, but not something that I seek out like I do The Grapes of Wrath and His Girl Friday (Internet Archive), which were released the same year. But the reason that I bring it up is because it isn’t in the public domain. After 75 years, Disney still must be paid for every frame. And remember that copyright length has just gotten longer and longer due primarily to Disney.
I know a lot of people think it is strange that an author such as myself would be against our copyright laws. But they don’t protect writers and artists. They protect corporations. The truth is that we should be able to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Fantasia by watching it. All of us — for free. I should be able to embed a high definition version of it right here. But instead, there are just small clips of it. It might as well be Despicable Me.
But the truth is that I’ve always preferred Allegro Non Troppo. It is not so sugary sweet. And it has a great sense of humor. Of course, it is also deep. So screw Disney and Fantasia. Here is Sibelius’ Valse Triste from Allegro Non Troppo. It still gives me chills.