Saturday, October 6, 2012


Today we're digging even further back in the animated horror comedy vault than we did yesterday to bring out a segment from the 1940 Disney classic Fantasia. While the movie would not be considered horror on the whole, there are definitely some scary parts. In fact, I thought the most horror-influenced section, "Night on Bald Mountain," was probably too scary to fit in with today's theme. But if you haven't seen it before, or if it's been a while, check it out!  I just re-watched it and was again surprised at how eerie and downright evil the imagery in that is. This ain't no Little Mermaid

Fantasia is the third animated movie that Disney made and is probably still their most experimental. It consists of eight animated segments set to pieces of classical music and was originally conceived as a comeback short for Mickey Mouse, who had declined in popularity in the late 1930s. The Mickey short started to get expensive, though, so Disney decided to expand the idea of setting animation to classical music into a feature.

To honor not just the scary but the silly as well, we're going to look in on Mickey Mouse and his noble attempt at a more efficient dungeon cleaning system. The music is a piece called The Sorcerer's Apprentice, which is the same title of the short, and was composed by Paul Dukas. The story is based on a classic Goethe poem that proves once again that hubris doesn't pay. In the end, it'll only get you in trouble with your boss. 

...and speaking of getting in trouble, Disney's copyright laws won't allow video embedding, so you can see the full clip here.


  1. I've had a love/hate relationship with Fantasia all my life--mostly love. "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" was always my favorite "segment." I know about the Dukas piece and Goethe, but I never knew that this started off as a Mickey "reboot" project. Thanks!

    1. Glad to be of service, thanks for stopping in!