December 16, 1996 |
In Walt Disney's 1940 animated film classic "Fantasia," there's a famous segment in which Mickey Mouse, as "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," conjures up a spell with a broomstick, accompanied by the dramatic strains of French composer Paul Dukas. What audiences haven't noticed--and it would be hard to spot given the speed with which the animated frames pass--is that in one frame, as Mickey climbs the stairs of the sorcerer's chamber, he doesn't cast a shadow. At least he didn't until now.
January 22, 1993 |
Suit Filed Over 'Fantasia': A British music publishing house has sued Walt Disney Co. for $200 million, claiming that the release of the movie "Fantasia" on video broke a 1939 deal over use of Igor Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring" in the film. The Manhattan U.S. District Court suit, brought by Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Ltd., accuses Disney of illegally extending the right it had purchased for $6,000 to use the music.
January 28, 1992 |
The popularity of two animated films--the home video of the 1940 classic "Fantasia" and the current release of "Beauty and the Beast"--helped Walt Disney Co. post increases in revenue and net income for the quarter ended Dec. 31. Disney said Monday that its first-quarter earnings rose 22% to $208.1 million, or $1.56 a share, from $170.4 million, or $1.28 a share, for the corresponding period one year earlier.
November 15, 1991 |
A shortage of "Fantasia"? A more expensive "Fantasia"? These were considered possibilities when Disney announced last week that it was no longer taking orders for the 1940 feature, which combines animation and classical music. But industry executives said this week that neither scenario seems likely. So far, Disney has shipped 9.25 million tapes--both the basic $24.99 version and the deluxe $99.99 edition--to retail outlets.
October 4, 1991 |
Walt Disney's "Fantasia," the blend of animation and classical music released 50 years ago, was expected to do well in the laser-disc market, but not this well. Orders have reached a phenomenal 185,000 and could climb to 200,000 by the release date, said David DelGrosso, director of marketing for the laser-disc distribution firm Image Entertainment.
October 7, 1990 |
In the 12 years that had passed since Mickey Mouse's debut in "Steamboat Willie," the artists working for Walt Disney completely redefined animation, setting the standards by which cartoons are still measured. Disney won the Academy Award for animated short every year from its inception in 1932 through 1939, as well as receiving a special Oscar for "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs."