Posts in Fantasia
Podcast Recommendation: Sticky Notes

For more on appreciating classical music, Michial and I recommend this podcast, Sticky Notes. Here’s an episode on Joseph Haydn and particularly the comedy of his pieces (although oddly he left out the bassoon fart)

He also has some more episodes that would be of particular interest to Fantasia lovers:

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East of the Sun and West of the Moon by Kay Nielsen

Kay Nielsen did the artwork for the Ava Maria sequence in Fantasia, which is one of my favorite moments in the Disney Canon.

This finely crafted reprint restores the stunning detail and artistry of Nielsen’s images to their original splendor. Featuring 46 illustrations, including many enlarged details from Nielsen’s rare original watercolors, the book is printed in five colors with a lovingly designed slipcase. Three accompanying essays, illustrated with dozens of rare and previously unseen artworks by Nielsen, explore the history of Norwegian folktales, Nielsen’s life and work, and how this masterpiece came to be.
Imagination and Idealism in John Updike's Fiction by Michial Farmer

Sure Michial says not to buy it and that he hates it - but Stravinsky was also busy selling the rights for Renard, Fireworks, and The Firebird to Walt Disney as he panned Fantasia - so, you know, words aren't everything. As far as I'm concerned, it is THE book on John Updike.

Journey Into Imagination - Our Key to Unlock the Hidden Wonders of Our World
At the end, Dreamfinder told Figment and the guests that Imagination is our key to unlock the hidden wonders of our world. The guests then entered the final show scene as their picture was taken. In the following room, Figment stood in the center of a giant film canister, surrounded by several movie screens of him being a scientist, a mountain climber, a pirate, a superhero, a tap dancer, a ship captain, a cowboy and an athlete. Dreamfinder, sitting behind a movie camera, gave one last inspiring message and told guests to use their newly-found sparks of inspiration in the Image Works and the on-ride photo was shown to the guests on a screen next to Dreamfinder.

The ride closed on October 10, 1998 to the dismay of numerous fans.
Our Understanding of Dinosaurs Has Changed Since The Rite of Spring - But Imagination Was and Is Still Totally Involved.

During our conversation on The Rite of Spring, I mentioned reading an article at one time that discussed how the mounting of dinosaurs in museums has effected our imaginations. (I didn't find it - but this FAQ on dinosaur mounts is fascinating). I would still love to reread that article; if you've seen it send it my way! However, in my process of looking for it, I found some other really interesting things I can direct you to. What's interesting to me is how the art has complimented the science, and the imagination has even outpaced the science. Sorry, Deems Taylor. 

Artistic Depictions of Dinosaurs Have Undergone Two Revolutions

More than any other single person, Greg Paul has had a major influence on how Mesozoic dinosaurs are imagined by other palaeoartists, by scientists, and by the public.

Darren Naish's article in Scientific American discusses dinosaur's move from "flabby" (as in Rite of Spring) to "sprightly" and from there to feathery and soft.

Paleoart Shows Dinosaurs Weren't the Terrible Lizards of Your Fantasies

Naish's article also mentions paleoartist John Conway.

Dinosaur fossils have been catching up with paleoart — and that’s quite nice, that the fossil evidence actually is lagging behind the art,
— John Conway

Conway spoke to Jacqueline Ronson at Inverse. Ronson gives a nice rundown of the interaction between art and science.

if you want to come close to the truth, you’d better bring your imagination.
— Jacqueline Ronson

Walt Disney's Dinosaurs: The Story of the Rite of Spring

Which brings us back to Disney and the work he and the studio were doing to advance science through their work on Fantasia. 

From the very start of preproduction on Fantasia in September 1938 Disney wanted to include a prehistoric sequence that would serve as “a coldly accurate reproduction of what science thinks went on during the first few billion years of this planet’s existence” (Fantasia). So he brought on Julian Huxley, Barnum “Mr. Bones” Brown, and Roy Chapman Andrews as scientific consultants for the project, along with Edwin Hubble.
— Jillian Noyes

Noyes posits that the accurate art ignited the imagination and inspired more people to join the field of paleontology.

There Are 14 (and counting?) Land Before Time Movies - The Latest Came Out In 2016 (14!!)

Michial claimed only people "our age" would know the Land Before Time movies, and I said there are 29 of them - and although both of these statements are clearly false - only mine may come true at some point in the future. 

Also, we'll definitely be mentioning The Land Before Time again when we get to the 80's because it was created by Don Bluth - a rather infamous character in the Disney Animated Studios saga.

Mickey's PhilharMagic - Walt's dream of a fully immersive and sensory experience realized at last!
As the lights dim, Donald Duck is fast asleep. Mickey Mouse appears with music in hand and wakes Donald before rushing offstage to ready the show. As Donald prepares the orchestra for Mickey, he comes across the conductor’s baton and decides to work a little magic by donning Mickey’s Sorcerer’s Hat. But things get out of control fast and Donald is unexpectedly plunged into a 3D dream world of classic Disney animated musical sequences.