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 In fact, no matter what, I think my TV needs to be replaced at some point or another, because it is severely outdated in terms of hooking it up to appropriate equipment.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!