Disney animators set pictures to Western classical music as Leopold Stokowski conducts the Philadelphia Orchestra. "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" features Mickey Mouse as an aspiring magician who oversteps his limits. "The Rite of Spring" tells the story of evolution, from single-celled animals to the death of the dinosaurs. "Dance of the Hours" is a comic ballet performed by ostriches, hippos, elephants, and alligators. "Night on Bald Mountain" and "Ave Maria" set the forces of darkness and light against each other as a devilish revel is interrupted by the coming of a new day.
Despite claims that Disney's plate is so full, it couldn't commit to Tron 3, that's not stopping the studio from announcing more live-action movies based on their classic animated films. This week's target is Fantasia, with the Night on Bald Mountain segment getting the feature-length treatment. The movie is in development, and has Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless penning a screenplay based on the 1940s musical.
Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless will also executive produce the movie. Night on Bald Mountain centers on a dark, winged creature who raises spirits from the dead that dance, fly and enjoy a night of pure mayhem. The haints fade away, though, as the sun begins to rise on them. Fantasia consisted of 8 animated segments set to classical music. The original Night on Bald Mountain is accompanied by music from Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky, who created the piece in 1867. Leopold Stokowski arranged the music for the movie, introducing it to a much wider audience, and making it iconic today.Read More