Magazine article The Spectator

CUL T U R E N O T E S 21st-Century Disney

Magazine article The Spectator

CUL T U R E N O T E S 21st-Century Disney

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When, in 1940, Walt Disney released Fantasia, his radical arrangement of animations set to classical music, he fancied that he might add new segments to it every few years so that it could grow with its audience. Alas, it was not to be. The cost of installing the new 'Fantasound' technology in cinemas, plus a public mood made inhospitable by war, meant that his fantasy was soon a box-office flop.

So he would, no doubt, have been delighted to see Fantasia, accompanied by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, moving with the times 72 years later, as part of the Royal Albert Hall's Live in Concert series. In an age of event cinema, where owners of hightech home-entertainment systems want experiences beyond the film itself, this innovative programme will also host screenings of Singin' in the Rain in March 2013 (www. …

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