Magazine article Variety

Disney Cartoons Reanimated for Live Orchestra at Ace

Magazine article Variety

Disney Cartoons Reanimated for Live Orchestra at Ace

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With all the attention to bigscreen spectacles accompanied by 80-piece orchestras, if s easy to forget the smaller films that need music just as much. If not more: cartoons.

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra has not forgotten, and will devote an entire evening to a live-to-film performance of music for classic Disney cartoons on June 15 at the Theatre at Ace Hotel, a restored L.A. movie palace from the 1920s.

Included will be two late-1920s 'Oswald the Lucky Rabbit" shorts with new scores by Emmy winner Mark Watters; five Mickey Mouse shorts including 'Plane Crazy," the first synchronizedsound cartoon; the 1935 classic "Band Concert" and "The Sorcerer's Apprentice'from "Fantasia"; a jazzmeets-classical 1935 "Silly Symphony" titled "Music Land"; and the Oscarnominated 2013 "Get a Horse!"

Watters, who is conducting the 32-piece chamber orchestra that night, is an animationscoring vet. When Disney took 60 classic Mickey, Donald Duck, Goofy and Pluto cartoons and condensed them from eight minutes down to 2VS for shorter moppet attention spans, he re-arranged and rerecorded the original scores to fit. …

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