Samuel Armstrong (1940)

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A tremendous leap into the light, which won a special Oscar for Walt Disney and conductor Leopold Stokowski, and a mighty innovation in feature-length cartoons as a concert of classical music is made visually articulate - from Bach to Stravinsky to Tchaikovsky. Beethoven's Pastoral gets the kitsch treatment with cute mythology, and Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain is a danse macabre of opened graves and broom-riding witches. Mickey Mouse even appears as Dukas's Sorcerer's Apprentice. Most successful are Bach abstractions, while the dying dinosaurs of Stravinsky's Rite Of Spring is a massive decimation of reptiles - and affirmation for life. A high-voltage masterpiece which showed what could be achieved with a marriage of the technical (multiplane cameras, stereo sound) and the creative.


Premiere. Disney's anthology of animated short films inspired by famous pieces of classical music. The film includes Musorgsky's A Night on Bald Mountain, Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony, Stravinsky's Rite of Spring and a section based on Paul Dukas' The Sorcerer's Apprentice, starring Mickey Mouse as a would-be wizard tormented by living brooms.

Cast & Crew

Deems Taylor Deems Taylor
TBC Leopold Stokowski conducting the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra
The Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra The Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra
Director Samuel Armstrong
Director James Algar
Director Bill Roberts
Director Paul Satterfield
Director Hamilton Luske
Director Jim Handley
Director Ford Beebe
Director T Hee
Director Norman Ferguson
Director Wilfred Jackson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: R.K.O. Radio Pictures LtdAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
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