Walt Disney took a big chance with this ambitious anthology of animated fantasies. First, he set them to lengthy classical music pieces, and then he boldly experimented with different forms of animation, sometimes jettisoning any sort of narrative altogether. The result is a sometimes mesmerizing, sometimes hilarious, sometimes frightening, but always beautiful moviegoing experience. A box-office failure when first released, it's now considered a timeless treasure. Highlights include: Mickey Mouse in 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice', the leaping hippos and alligators in 'Dance of the Hours', the rise and fall of the dinosaurs set to Stravinsky's 'Rite of Spring', the dancing mushrooms of Tchaikovsky's 'Nutcracker Suite', and Mussorgsky's 'Night on Bald Mountain', with its fearsome winged demon raging at the heavens.
Release Date: 28 March 2011
Certificate: U - Universal - Suitable for all
Simply the finest animated movie ever made
This is the only dvd I've ever bought unseen on reputation alone and I wasn't disappointed. Everything about it is perfect; the imagery, the stories and the music. We've all seen the sorceror's apprentice with Mickey but the following chapters (which have nothing to do with Mickey and his friends) are stunning. Try your big screen home cinema on this one. Hard to believe this was made in 1940.