Monday, July 12, 2010

Fantasia First - Learn about The Sorcerer's Apprentice

A new Disney movie, The Sorcerer's Apprentice releases this week. My children are a little too young to watch this new version of the story. However, we visited the library today, and I checked out a video of Fantasia so they could watch Mickey Mouse in action as the apprentice who enchants a broom while the master sorcerer is away. The music and animation in Fantasia is fabulous, particularly The Sorcerer's Apprentice, and the movie is a wonderful way to introduce young children to classical music.

Both the classic and new film are based on the German poem Der Zauberlehrling (The Sorcerer's Apprentice) by Goethe. Paul Dukas composed a symphonic poem inspired by Goethe's work and this is the music that is heard in Disney's versions of The Sorcerer's Apprentice.

If your kids plan to go and see the new film in the theater, make sure to introduce them to Goethe's poem first and have them listen to Paul Dukas' musical version that was made famous by the movie Fantasia.


Gina said...

Definitely agree. I saw the original one when I was just a child and though the bat mountain (yes, the BIG one) scared the begeebees out of me, the dancing hippos made up for it in the end. ^_^ A great classic Disney film for all ages...definitely planning on seeing the new film as well.