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Hi. You may not know this, but over the years the Disney artists have cooked up dozens of ideas for new Fantasia segments. Some made it to the big screen this time, but others - lots of others - how can I put this politely?... didn't.
(introducing the Carnival of the Animals) Here the sensitive strains of impressionistic music combine with the subtle artistry of the animator to finally answer that age old question: What is man's relationship to nature? (is handed a note)
Oh, sorry... That age old question: What would happen if you gave a yo-yo to a flock of flamingos? (turns to look off-camera)
Who wrote this?
You know what's amazing is that many of these musicians are playing for the very first time. Thanks to Steve Martin's "Master Musician Home Study Course". More about that later.
So let me turn things over to the great Itzhak Perlman, who, I have just been informed, plays the violin. Well, so do I, big deal. Could I have my violin, please? Ahh, thank you. All right, boys, let's... (Bow slips from his hands)
Oh! Oh, sorry. Could I have another stick thingy, please? Oh, and camera back on me. Camera back on me. Ca... Am I done?
Mr. Levine! Okay, Mr. Levine, everybody's in place for the next number.
Thanks, Mickey. When...
But we can't find Donald. So you stay here and stall for time, and I'll be right back. (Exits)
(Offstage) Donald! Oh Donald!
When we hear Sir Edward Elgar's "Pomp and Circumstance" we think of a graduation ceremony.
Donald, where are ya?
Actually, Elgar composed it for many kinds of solemn events.
This march inspired the Disney artists to recreate the age old story...
Donald, are you hiding in...
Oh, sorry, Daisy!
...of Noah's Ark, with one slight twist.
(Knocking on door) Oh, Donald Duck!
Who is it? (Mickey and Donald's shadows are projected against a panel; Donald is in the shower)
Donald, it's me, Mickey. You're on in 30 seconds, hurry.
What? You gotta be kidding! (Mumbles angrily as he leaves the tub)
(Peeking behind a wall) Psst! Okay, Jim. He's on his way. Go to the intro.
Ladies and gentlemen, "Pomp and Circumstance," starring Donald Duck.
Walt Disney described the art of animation as a voyage of discovery, into the realms of color, sound, and motion. The music from Igor Stravinsky's ballet "The Firebird" inspires such a voyage. And so we conclude this version of "Fantasia" with a mythical story of life, death, and renewal.