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Disney and Fischinger

In 1940 Disney made the cartoon film Fantasia. The makers of Fantasia used existing classical music and invented images and stories to go with it.

Watch an excerpt from Fantasia (Walt Disney, US 1940)

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Still from Fantasia (Walt Disney, US 1940)

Do you think the images fit well with the music? Can you tell the music was there first?

Oskar Fischinger

Film artist Oskar Fischinger also tried to make music visual. He did things quite differently from Disney, though. He used shapes:

Watch An Optical Poem (Oskar Fischinger, US 1938)

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still from An Optical Poem (Oskar Fischinger, US 1938)
still from An Optical Poem (Oskar Fischinger, US 1938)

Assignment for you: drawing to music

We’re now going to start translating music into images ourselves. Turn on some music and draw what springs to mind as you listen to it. Does the music sound happy? What does that look like? What does a drawing of a rap song look like? And how about a classical piece of music?

Is your own style more like Oskar Fischinger’s or Walt Disney’s?

credits

Kort voor kids wordt gemaakt door de Taartrovers en het onderwijsteam van Eye.

Film credits

Fantasia (Walt Disney, US 1940)
An Optical Poem (Oskar Fischinger, US 1938)

Film theme

From music to image

Ages

6-10