Anniversary Post: Fantasia

FantasiaOn 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.

4 thoughts on “Anniversary Post: Fantasia

  1. I too much prefer Allegro Non Troppo. I first saw it in some art cinema somewhere and came out in a sense of awe. I expected a Fantasia and it turned out to be so much more. I own the DVD and play it often.

    • I own it too. When I was in high school and college, we had the Plaza theater and they showed double features each night. And they often paired the two films together. They go well together. But you have to watch Fantasia first, because it is too much of a letdown after Allegro. I wonder if the treatment of the musicians and artist is a statement of the way that Disney treated his creative people? I’ve never heard that it is, but it certainly works in that context.

  2. Allegro Non Troppo is a wonderful film and the Valse Triste is probably my favorite piece of animation in the movie. It seems that in the last 10 years my taste in animation has steered toward the European Animation over the American studios as they seem to not be afraid to make adult animated movies instead of kids movies that adults can enjoy. As much as I like the Pixar films my favorite animation movies from the last few years have to be The Triplets of Belleville and The Illusionist by Sylvain Chomet. If you haven’t seen them I highly recommend them.

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