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Re: Disney's Dinosaur Movie
(Forwarded to the list with permission from Dan Varner.)
In a message dated 99-03-25 12:51:50 EST, you write:
The new "Fantasia 2000" will be released on 1/1/00. Has anyone
seen the old version recently? How does the dinosaur sequence
hold up? >>
> Magnificently! It is, of course, a period piece from the late 30's. It is
> essentially Knight's Field Museum Murals come to life with the Stravinsky
> score. It would be interesting to know who exactly thought up this
> combination. Anyone know?
> I vividly remember seeing it for the first time on television on Disneyland
> in it's first season (1954-55). The sequence was shown on a program
> promoting _20,000 Leagues Under the Sea_. It just blew my 5 year-old
> mind away. This was an eternity before video tape, so I had to recreate
> the sequence on a roll of wrapping paper. The tyrannosaur vs. stegosaur
> scene with the advancing thunderstorm was quite wonderful, but it was
> an earlier scene of the seaway that made the greatest impression on me.
> The setting was languid with the sun low on the horizon of the still sea.
> Pteranodons launch from cliffsides to Stravinsky's haunting chords.
> Plesiosaurs arch their necks out of the water and mosasaurs capture
> their soaring prey. Wonderful!
> I viewed it on video tape recently and it conjured up exactly the same
> old feelings.
> Two interesting things about the Stravinsky sequence: 1) Little-known
> dinosaurs like either Saurolophus or Kritosaurus and (?)Leptoceratops
> were used, and 2) Stravinsky himself had two very opposing views about
> his feelings about this film--he took the money and, I believe, visited the
> Disney studios, but later pretty much dissed _Fantasia_.
> I still think it should be required viewing, along with Kong, for any child.
> Dan Varner.
<SNIP> (my comments to Dan follow)
the movie at one of the numerous revivals, going with my sister's class
when I was about 6. I was absolutely terrified by the dinosaur scene.
(.Did the theropod bite the neck or head of the stegosaur to kill it? That
is what I remember.). And I had nightmares for a long time about the
Night on Bald Mountain with the Devil unfolding his wings. Scary stuff
for a little girl. >>
> Scary stuff for a little boy, too! But for me only after several viewings.
> It grew on me. The devil on Bald Mountain was exquisite artistry by an
> artist named Tytla. His genius came from his hands, not a computer.
> I do seem to remember the tyrannosaur doing a number on the neck
> of the stegosaur. I will have to borrow it again and make sure. Nasty
> shaking, right? I also remember a scene of Disney artists watching
> bubbles in a tank of mud for the lava sequences. Just pencils and paper!
> As a kid and an adult, I'm impressed. Try to catch nature sometime.