Fantasia

Fantasia, by the definition of Dictionary.com, means a potpourri of music with florid embellishments, or something that is considered unreal, weird, exotic, or grotesque. I find these definitions, especially the second one, very interesting because it fits ironically with a fact that I found. Apparently when first released, it was a dismal box office failure. However, in later years, Fantasia developed into an American movie classic.

I thought this was ironic because although this film is deemed “weird” and “exotic” by viewers and even its own title, it later gained the approval of the public. This just comes to show that things unfamiliar to us will always be rejected at first, either because we’re uncomfortable with it or we’re afraid of it. Because I haven’t seen the film in many years, I can’t recount what exactly was shown and how they were show. However, from the success of it, I’m certain the audience found some kind of truth in the seemingly chaotic medley.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0032455/trivia

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6 responses to “Fantasia

  1. YES! I thought that you searching the definition of Fantasia in dictionary.com was a perfect first step before we could start analyzing the film. Because of your inspiration, I searched Fantasia in Oxford American Dictionaries and ended up with a different, yet equally accurate definition: a musical composition that is based on several familiar tunes. I think that these definitions are very accurate – perhaps too accurate! I feel like the dictionaries derived the definition of Fantasia after watching the movie itself, for Fantasia has been around for quite a while. Anyways, back to your dictionary.com definition, Fantasia is indeed very exotic and strange: fairies turning leaves into different colors; mushrooms dancing (What?!); plants marked by obvious ethnicities. Very interesting stuff.

  2. I definitely agree with your statement that it takes a while for people to accept something. I think maybe it was easier to accept fantasia later because it became more accessible, as people could start to bring movies home. Also, art started to get more popular in American society in the 1960’s with pop-art like Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns, and Fantasia can better be appreciated as an art piece than a hollywood blockbuster.

  3. I think that there are a lot of things that start out as weird and exotic. In the beginning, exotic often meant bad. But as time has passed, I think being exotic is now almost a good thing, which is probably why the film gained popularity over time.

  4. Yeah, the name predicting the reaction from people is amusing, much like naming an animal after what it does. E.G. snapping turtle and anteater.
    And to agree with everyone it really was something original and as we know originality isn’t always appreciated.

  5. I definitely still think that the film is ‘weird’ and ‘exotic’ when we watched the film today. I just think we have more of an open mind–that is to say we know it’s a little bit out there and different. For example we know in our minds that fish aren’t ever considered ‘sexy’, but it’s definitely entertaining to watch.

  6. The Definition of Fantasia really matches up to what Walt Disney has done in the film. Words like “unreal”, “exotic”, and “weird” came to mind when we watched some of the film in class today.

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