Saturday Morning Cartoons: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Get your buckets out. This week’s Saturday cartoon is Paul Dukas’s symphonic poem The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.

This music appears in Walt Disney’s 1940 film Fantasia, and is perhaps one of the most famous uses of classical music in an animated feature. Both Dukas's composition and the Disney animation were inspired by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's 1797 poem of the same name.

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Jesse Tigner-Hayden-McCrary, Jr from Stapleton, Staten Island, NYC

I first saw Walt Disney's FANTASIA in 1947 after WW-II and have seen it at least 30 times since. The movie was my now, lifelong introduction to classical music and as far as I'm concerned it is the best and most original work Disney's has ever created. The choice of Mickey mouse as the Sorcerer's Apprentice is brilliant- as he is instantly recognizable and into all sorts of trouble. The other equally brilliant marriage of music and animation in Fantasia is Dance of the Hours by Amilcare Ponchielli and the terpsichorean offerings by alligators, elephants, hippopotamuses, and ostriches is simply not to be believed...but nevertheless, as Disney said many times....it is the plausible impossible and our suspension of our disbelief that makes animation happily possible.If you have never seen this groundbreaking masterpiece of the blending of music and animation, do yourself a huge favor and rent, beg, borrow or steal it...but DO see it. You will most probably want to see it again and again and keep in mind that it was released in the 40's when the mating of sound and film animation were still in their relative infancy.

Mar. 31 2012 01:54 PM

Great use of shadows in the animation. I had forgotten that it was the "sleeping" Mickey that caused the real mayhem. Wonderful blend of music/animation. Great for Music Ed.

Mar. 31 2012 01:49 AM

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