Fantasia (film di Registi Vari del 1940)

FANTASIA è il terzo lungometraggio d’animazione prodotto dalla Walt Disney Pictures. Uscito nelle sale americane nel 1940, è diretto da vari registi. Durante la prima distribuzione negli Stati Uniti non fu affatto un successo di pubblico. Il film si basa sull’abbinamento di opere musicali del genere cosiddetto classico con immagini create dagli animatori della Disney attraverso un metodo per l’epoca innovativo, ossia il sistema di riproduzione del suono detto Fantasound. A causa del conflitto bellico che si sviluppava in Europa, nel vecchio continente ci fu un sensibile rallentamento della distribuzione che causò non pochi problemi alla casa di produzione. Nel 1999 fu fatto una sorta di sequel utilizzando gli stessi principi: FANTASIA 2000.

La pellicola è sviluppata in 8 segmenti. Si comincia con la Toccata e fuga in re minore di Johann Sebastian Bach: qui le immagini sono fini a se stesse, ma con la strepitosa composizione barocca assumono un significato quasi mistico. Segue Lo Schiaccianoci di Piotr Ilic Cajkovskij che, attraverso 6 famosi brani della suite, ci illustrano un mondo di fate, pesci, fiori e quanto altro di bello esiste in natura e non solo. Con L’apprendista stregone di Paul Dukas il protagonista Topolino è un impaziente e poco esperto mago. Segue La sagra della primavera di Igor Stravinskij: la composizione originale era utilizzata per delle danze tribali della Russia primitiva, ma qui le immagini mostrano la vita sulla terra da qualche miliardo di anni fa, fino all’estinzione dei dinosauri. La Sinfonia n. 6 di Ludwig Van Beethoven in cui, prendendo spunto da temi bucolici originali, vengono mostrati vita e gesti delle divinità greche sul Monte Olimpo. La danza delle ore, brano dell’opera lirica LA GIOCONDA di Amilcare Ponchielli, mostra dei goffi e simpatici animali, tra cui elefanti ed ippopotami, che danzano con una divertente leggiadria. Infine 2 brani tra di loro così diversi ma che uno dopo l’altro sembrano la perfetta sintesi della rappresentazione del male, sconfitto dal bene, chiudono in maniera sublime il racconto: Una notte sul monte Calvo di Modest Petrovic Musorgskij e Ave Maria di Franz Schubert.

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