media / opinion post

2 03 2009

“Now there are three kinds of music on this ‘Fantasia‘ program. First, there’s the kind that tells a definite story. Then there’s the kind that while it has no specific plot, it does paint a series of more or less definite pictures. And then there’s a third kind, music that exists simply for its own sake… what we call “absolute music”. Even the title has no meaning beyond a description of the form of the music.”

Generally speaking, most / all mainstream media is a commercial;
a commercial for an insatiable fashion and luxury consuming culture;
a commercial for a belief system based on shunning and ridiculing difference, either by use of humor, horror or violence;
a commercial for a fast-paced, sexist, racist, egotistical lifestyle.

Now, we’ll get to the opinion part of this post.

I believe the original 1940 Fantasia is the best piece of art ever made in the audio/visual format. 3D animation is great, but nothing beats original cartoons. This movie is long; therefore, I recommend watching the film in multiple sittings, giving each piece of music/cartooning full (and deserved) attention.

What do you think is the ultimate best there-is-nothing-better-than-this audio/visual work of art ever?

“Mickey Mouse: Mr. Stokowski! Mr. Stokowski! My congratulations, sir!
Leopold Stokowski: Congratulations to you, Mickey!
Mickey Mouse: Gee, thanks! He, he! Well, so long! I’ll be seeing ya!
Leopold Stokowski: Goodbye!”

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