Feb 9, 2011

You like it? I stole it!

Upon viewing I was amazed by the similarities between this and Disney's rendition in Fantasia. To the point of one of my favorite Picasso quotes about appropriation: "If there is something to steal, I steal it". There is no doubt the Walt was exposed to this work. Fantasia followed Night on Bald Mountain around seven years later. Of course this could be attributed to the composition , which shares the same name. The themes of the occult and the witches sabbath were the bubbling cauldron that inspired the symphonic poem. Using said composition it is hard to story board a version that strays from the summoning-bacchanal-banishment formula. Still, similarities between the two are uncanny.


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