Sensational and extremely popular seminal animation feature which includes some excellent segments, particularly the superbly uncanny 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice'. However, most of the other segments seem to have waned in impact, the bombardment of classical music may have served pedagogical refinement of the senses but is an obstacle to the visual image which in its kaleidoscopic panegyric proves a tiresome ordeal.
One of the most brilliant psychodream display cases ever assembled. A melting pot of alchemical splendor. Surely some of which is laughable, as we psychoanalyze its seamstresses; but surpassing the surface, the transitions are translucent; jammed with esoteric science and phenomenological metamorphoses. Night on Bald Mountain (and its ethereal kingdomism ascension) rests among the finest cinematic hallucinations.
Talk about the Sacred and Profane... A Curate’s Egg that nevertheless must be applauded for sheer bravery, skill and audacity. It’s an utter mish-mash - the glorious Bach abstractions; the vulgar Ponchielli sequence - but the fact is: it’s there, it remains so, and is a semi-popular dollop of spoonfuls of sugar in popularising concert hall staples. It’s hard graft in one sitting but rewards selective revisits.
This Walt Disney's combination of animated shorts with classical music is known for being the strongest experiment into the animation field until this day. The magic each piece shows is brought by the stories the characters tell and how they are developed, plus the movement, light, and colors that fulfills every single spot of the image. A must-have experience of the art of animation in film.
4.5 stars. As a kid I watched this obsessively because I believed it was educational for me to do so. I was a very conscientious child. Some of the animation still startles and delights. It's the most majestically kitsch film object in existence! Apparently it ticked off Stravinsky no end!
Overlong concert animation film consisting of short films synchronized to classic music. My favorite was the somber "Night on the Bald Mountain", the Mickey Mouse one and probably the first one that is a more abstract short movie. It do have a problematic rhythm though as there is a lot of the short films that are too long and would have been better in a "Silly Symphonies" short film.