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Nostalgic Cinema: Fantasia (U)

Nostalgic Cinema: Fantasia

Directors:        James Algar, Ben Sharpsteen, Wilfred Jackson, more

Characters:        Mickey Mouse, Soloist in 'Ave Maria', Conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra, Percussionist, Violinist

Music composed by:        Ludwig van Beethoven, Leopold Stokowski, Igor Stravinsky, Franz Schubert, Amilcare Ponchielli


Fantasia (1940), a Disney animated feature-length "concert" film milestone, is an experimental film integrating eight magnificent classical musical compositions with enchanting, exhilarating, and imaginative, artistically-choreographed animation. The conceptual framework of the individual pieces embraces such areas as prehistoric times, the four seasons, nature, hell/heaven, the themes of light vs. darkness and chaos vs. order, dancing animals, classical mythology, and legend.


This Disney production was an ambitious experiment to try to popularise classical music, especially by accompanying it with animation. Originally, the film was to consist of only The Sorcerer's Apprentice segment, but it was expanded to include the full anthology of shorts. Other segments, such as Ride Of The Valkyries, Swan of Tuonela, and Flight of the Bumblebee were storyboarded but never fully animated, and thus were never put into production for inclusion in future Fantasia-style releases.


Dementia Friendly Cinemas have proven to be very therapeutic for people with memory problems and their families. Besides engaging the brain and stimulating emotions, being part of an audience enjoying a film helps people with dementia and their carers to feel less isolated and also challenges the stigma associated with the condition.


Whilst promoted as a dementia friendly screening, it is open to anyone who loves the old films and wants to come along for an afternoon of fond memories.



Tickets £3.50. Free tea and biscuits

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