Friday, March 14, 2008

Reliving Childhood

I've babysat twice now for the singer kiddo, and had major refresher courses in Disney movies. Kiddo wanted to watch "Mulan" and "Pocahontas" both times, and the second time, we actually started "Beauty and the Beast". I haven't seen these movies for years and it was enjoyable to look back at Disney, especially in their last hurrah decade. I mean, "Beauty and the Beast" (1991) and "Pocahontas" (1995) were made pre-Pixar. That was the era of "Lion King" (1994) and "Aladdin" (1992) and heck, even "Little Mermaid" (1989) counts.

Though I haven't seen them I think "Hunchback..." (1997) and "Hercules" (1997) were the last old era films, based on the clips I've seen. There's a definite difference in the animation and look of "Pocahontas" compared to "Mulan".

So why exactly am I taking this random trip down memory lane? Because of "Fantasia". I am gradually replacing my VHS tapes with DVDs as I know my VCR isn't going to last forever - and eventually they are going to stop making them. Since Disney has that lovely habit of putting things back in their 'vault', what I was actually seeking was 'out of print'. A three-DVD set of "Fantasia" (1940) and Fantasia 2000, with third extras DVD. It just looked like the best buy all around. I found a reasonably priced eBay auction and won!

Due to the inundation of Disney into my life, I decided to watch "Fantasia" and really relive my childhood. I *loved* this movie when I was young and watched it endlessly. I also happen to like the idea of creatively illustrating orchestral classical music. Perhaps it would get more people to come to the symphony? Did you know it was intended to be a serial? To be played as a tradition and with changing order and new segments? Hence why 60 years later, Fantasia 2000 was born. That's next on my watching list when I tired of "CSI" and "Law and Order:SVU"

Aside from accidentally putting me to sleep mid-way through (I used to fall asleep to classical music when I was young - irony considering my job, right?), I enjoyed myself.

Especially this clip, which I'd forgotten about:

It is one of my favorite ones, because it is beautiful in its simplicity.

And of course, here' all-together familiar images from "Fantasia":

These are very literally screen shots of the non-computer kind. I used my camera and shutter speeds to experiment and actually captured better pictures than I expected. The poor grainy quality of the pictures tells you how old my TV is. In fact, no matter what, I think my TV needs to be replaced at some point or another, because it is severely outdated in terms of hooking it up to appropriate equipment. It mystified my cable installer.

Oh, and did you know it was 87° today? Spring is here... no doubt now!


Lindsay said...

Oh, man, I had the exact opposite experience with Fantasia when I was a kid. My dad took me to see it when I was really, really little (maybe 2 or 3 years old) and one of our local theatres was showing it on the big screen. I SCREAMED my head off (I think during the scene with brooms walking up stairs) because that movie scared me so much. My parents still tease me about it to this day!

Dark Violet said...

Well, sheesh, I would too at that age and on the big screen. I definitely watched in our 20 inch TV, so a little less scary.

Does it still bother you or is it now just a story that your parents just won't let you live down?

Anonymous said...

Pip says: Actually, you also were scared of Fantasia when M & D took you to see it in a movie theatre. You cried and hid your eyes. It wasn't until much later that you enjoyed it on a VCR. :)

Dark Violet said...

Oh my... my own dog (and parents) just made liars out of me. How come I never heard that story?

Lindsay said...

Actually, I don't think I've seen it since!