Lambcast #686 “Fantasia” MOTM

by Richard Kirkham · May 16, 2023 · Featured, LAMBcast, MOTM · No Comments

We lost our guest host at the last minute, but there were still four enthusiastic LAMBs ready to devour “Fantasia” and tell you what they thought of all of it and it’s individual parts. Bubbawheat remembered he was on this week’s show rather than last week’s. Howard Casner pitch hits for the Lambcast once again, and we kept Doug Jamison up till the wee hours of the morning so he could share his thoughts with us as well.

This is the third feature length film from Disney. “Fantasia” was released in 1940, and had the European market denied to it because of WWII. With half the source of their revenue beyond it’s reach, the film struggled to make back the money the studio had invested in it. The innovation of stereophonic sound and a road show release schedule meant that their usual distributor, RKO, was out and the Disney Company was forced to handle putting the film in front of audiences themselves.

“Fantasia” is an anthology of animation combined with classical concert music, that was unlike anything which had been seen before. Our cast of film lovers walk through the eight segments and the intermission for you, pointing out some favorite moments and highlighting things to watch for.

The most famous segment of the film features Micky Mouse, and there is a reason that the character he plays resonates to this day. Half of the cast of today’s film have Sorcerer’s Apprentice Merch somewhere in their house right now.

Zeus is checking out centaurettes.

We briefly discuss the character that has been squeezed out of “Fantasia”, poor Sunflower gets a pan and scan treatment because frankly, the depiction is just not acceptable. That decision was made in 1969, not just in the last three years. 



Oh, and for our main Shepard, don’t forget there are dinosaurs in our film. Yes, that’s on the tour. 


Segment 1. Toccata and Fugue in D Minor 10:30

Segment 2. The Nutcracker Suite 16:45

Segment 3. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice 24:37

Segment 4 Rite of Spring 29:40

Allegro non troppo talk

Segment 5. The Pastoral Symphony 42:30

Segment 6. Dance of the Hours 53:33

Segment 7. Night on Bald Mountain 56:50

Segment 8. Ave Maria 59:40

Fantasia 2000 1:04:01

Exit Question   1:09:19


Bubbawheat   It’s Time to Rewind  

Howard   Pop Art  

Doug   The Jam Report Disney List   

Richard   KAMAD  

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