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Monday, 16 November 2015

If ‘Fantasia’ Hadn’t Flopped 75 Years Ago, What Would Feature Animation Look Like Today?

If ‘Fantasia’ Hadn’t Flopped 75 Years Ago, What Would Feature Animation Look Like Today? "Seventy-five years ago today, Walt Disney swung for the fences with his third full-length animated feature (and his second in 1940, following Pinocchio). Fantasia has always been an experience as much as a film: over two hours long (not counting an intermission), requiring installation of a special sound system, with segments including a depiction of evolution on Earth as well as a climax wherein a demon is defeated by the inherent goodness of wandering monks. Hell, an opera commentator emcees it, for God’s sake. Little surprise, then, that in spite of its 1940s-era roadshow release, Fantasia ended up losing more money than Pinocchio, only making anything back after decades of re-releases."

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