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RHAPSODY IN BLUE
Director Eric Goldberg, a veteran animator and director ("Pocahontas"), first paid homage to the style of legendary caricaturist Al Hirschfeld when he designed and supervised the animation of the Genie in "Aladdin." In Walt Disney Pictures' animated extravaganza "Fantasia/2000" -- with Hirschfeld's blessing and approval -- he takes his admiration to the next level as he creates a whole world designed in the artist's unmistakable linear style. Set in Manhattan during the Jazz Age, this whimsical tale, with music by George Gershwin, follows several diverse characters as they weave in and out of each other's lives during the course of their daily routines. The art direction for this piece (provided by Goldberg's wife, Susan) uses a palette of blues ranging from the monochromatic to rich shades of green, purple, turquoise, and lavender. Occasionally a warm red or yellow is used to accent a particular character or mood.
 
RHAPSODY IN BLUE
Taking inspiration from the artistic style of Al Hirschfeld and the music of George Gershwin, director Eric Goldberg weaves a whimsical tale of Manhattan in the Jazz Age in "Rhapsody in Blue," one of seven new segments created for Walt Disney Pictures' animated extravaganza "Fantasia/2000." "Fantasia/2000" was executive-produced by Roy Edward Disney and produced by Don Ernst. Hendel Butoy served as the film's supervising animation director.
 
FIREBIRD SUITE - 1919 VERSION
Long considered the most dramatic finale on any musical program, this powerful piece of music by Igor Stravinsky provides a truly spectacular ending to Walt Disney Pictures' animated extravaganza "Fantasia/2000." Filmmakers GaŽtan and Paul Brizzi have come up with some amazing imagery to accompany this ultimate closing number. With death and rebirth as its theme, this musical segment personifies nature in the form of a sprite who is summoned by a lone elk, the monarch of the forest. When the beauty of springtime is destroyed by the fury of the Firebird, who lives within an active volcano, it is up to the elk and sprite to once again bring life back to the ravaged forest and triumphantly reawaken what lies beneath the ashes.

 

FIREBIRD SUITE - 1919 VERSION
Directors GaŽtan and Paul Brizzi explore the theme of death and rebirth in nature (personified by a sprite) in the dramatic finale of Walt Disney Pictures' animated extravaganza "Fantasia/2000," set to the music of Igor Stravinsky's "Firebird Suite - 1919 Version," one of seven new segments created for the film. "Fantasia/2000" was executive-produced by Roy Edward Disney and produced by Don Ernst. Hendel Butoy served as the film's supervising animation director. James Levine conducted the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

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