Cinderella’s Significance

20th July, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on Cinderella’s Significance

Cinderella marked Disney’s reemergence from package films to full-length features. Of course, it was a somewhat risky venture considering the adding cost, but it ended up being a great success. In order to save on cost, they used live actors to film the sequences and then used them as references for animation. One interesting fact […] Read More

Time and Place of Make Mine Music

6th May, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on Time and Place of Make Mine Music

Make Mine Music, as a package film, is impossible to place in a single time and location. So I’ll take a brief look at each segment: “The Martins and the Coys” Based on the source material, I place this one in West Virginia/Kentucky in the late 1800’s. “Blue Bayou” Since there isn’t any indication of […] Read More

Review of Bambi

21st March, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on Review of Bambi

Growing up, Bambi was the one Disney film that I simply didn’t like at all. It had too few words and actions. And the songs were all serious and somber. I returned now as an adult with both trepidation and excitement. I suspected that at the very least, I would be able to appreciate the […] Read More

Source Material of Fantasia

4th March, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on Source Material of Fantasia

Toccata and Fugue in D Minor – The animation has as much story as the title of the song does—none. It’s really just abstractions. The latter half has segments of light and violin bows flying around, but there’s simply not much to say about it. Nutcracker Suite – “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” story […] Read More

Fantasia’s Significance

3rd March, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on Fantasia’s Significance

Fantasia has been critically acclaimed since its beginning. The animation quality was unprecedented. Disney also had a special sound system invented called “Fantasound,” making it the first film ever shown in multi-channel sound. Its originality and bold new features left a lasting impression in critical reviews. However, the expense put into such an endeavor couldn’t […] Read More

What’s in a Name? – Fantasia

2nd March, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on What’s in a Name? – Fantasia

“Fantasia” is a rather broad musical term that has meant various things throughout time, but it seems to have its roots in improvisation and irregularity. Dictionary.com gives a secondary definition as being “a medley of familiar themes, with variations and interludes.” Apparently this was the definition being used when describing the project originally. Eventually, Fantasia […] Read More

Classic Music Meets Classic Animation – Review of Fantasia

25th February, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on Classic Music Meets Classic Animation – Review of Fantasia

Simply put, Fantasia is a different kind of movie. Growing up, I thought it was extremely boring. When I got into high school and was a member of the band, classical music was more interesting to me. The movie wasn’t so bad then. All these years later, I wondered if my viewing would revert to […] Read More

Pinocchio’s Significance

22nd February, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on Pinocchio’s Significance

I suspect that Pinocchio’s original significance lay in its animation techniques. In an environment where animated feature films were a novelty, every improvement was revolutionary. Its existence at all was significant. And while not originally the financial success that Snow White was, Pinocchio was received well critically. In a 26 February 1940 article in Time […] Read More

Time and Place of Snow White

14th February, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on Time and Place of Snow White

Snow White is a hard one to place both chronologically or spatially. There are no direct references at all. At first look, it would appear that the only thing that can be positively surmised is that the story takes place in medieval Europe. Different elements draw very strongly on this, such as the castle. There […] Read More

Snow White’s Significance

9th February, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on Snow White’s Significance

Of all the Disney movies, Snow White may be the most important of all. It was the first full length animated film produced by any studio in the world. Its success fueled the fire that gave way to numerous more. Indeed, now we have thousands of animated films. Just like the movie itself, the songs […] Read More