Analysis – Fantasia (1940)

Fantasia was an animated film released by Walt Disney Studios in 1940.  This film was very unpopular at first but it changed the way people looked at animation.  This was the first full-length movie that was entirely visual music.  The film was very successful and helped to influence animation for years to come. 

One device that was used to aid in animating this film was the rotoscope.  The rotoscope is a device that projects the image of a frame onto glass so that it can be traced by the animator.  The rotoscope provides for very smooth animation and makes movement look much cleaner and more accurate.  The rotoscope helped to save production companies a lot of time, labor and money.  Another machine that really helped the film to look better was the multiplane camera.  This allowed for much greater depth and aided in the realism of the film.  It was used by filming different clips of art from different distances and made for much more realistic depth perception.

Stylistically, this film greatly differed from al of the other films that were out.  This was one of the first times that a production company tried to sell a full feature length visual music animation.  Visual music is a form of animation that has the animation follow and depict the music rather than having the music help to color the animation.  It was not very popular when it was first released, but is a timeless film as it is still revered by animation historians to this day.  This film was interesting in the way that it had many different segments and provided many different stories told both through the music and the animations provided.  This was another detail that set it apart from the other films out at that time.

This was a unique venture for Walt Disney and a huge risk for his company.  Most of the other films released by the company focused solely on a story and a plot that could be easily followed and revered by families all around the world.  This film was surely different.  The Disney Company went out of their comfort zone and did something entirely new and refreshing.  Though it was not a huge success when it debuted, this is a true Disney classic.  The film was remade in the year 2000 with even better and stronger animation techniques. The sequel to the timeless classic was equally captivating but far more successful.  This film changed the way people looked at animation, and will continue to be viewed by animation students, or just average people looking to watch a classic Disney movie, for years to come.


About JamesWrobel

I'm a junior at Alfred State College majoring in Digital Media and Animation. I specialize in digital art and photography rather than drawing and painting. It's a work in progress and I'm working hard to achieve my dreams.
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