A to Z of Films Meme (F)

As I continue this series, I am getting exhausted. 🙂 A writer has only so many words in his vocabulary, and I am just an amateur film viewer and writer. It is difficult to go on and on writing about genius!



This choice was a no-brainer. Walt Disney makes us want to keep our eyes open while listening to classical music. The first motion picture with stereo sound, it was a highly ambitious project, financially risky, original and provocative. Disney was treading unchartered waters, going where no film-maker had gone before.

To ask whether the 2000 version is better than the 1940 one is like asking whether Mozart’s 41st is better than the 40th. To ask which of the episodes is the best is like asking which of Beethoven’s symphonies is the greatest.

Mickey Mouse as The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is the cute centerpiece. Who can dream of visualizing Beethoven’s Fifth or Bach’s Toccata and Fugue? Who can bring the cosmic reaches of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring to the screen and how? Did Elgar write Pomp and Circumstance for Donald Duck ushering animals into Noah’s Ark? Gershwin definitely composed Rhapsody in Blue for the Fantasia episode. This is simply mind-blowing creativity.

Forrest GumpRunner Up

Forrest Gump

The honesty and dignity of a simpleton with the most atrociously unlikely life story, made believable and heartwarming by Zemeckis and the only actor who could have carried it off, Tom Hanks. The ingenious script requires walking a tight rope between comedy and sadness, and Hanks excels at it wonderfully to get your heart intertwined with this very likeable character.

There are awesome special effects of the non-sci-fi kind. There are plenty of hilarious moments. There are plenty of emotionally touching and uplifting moments. To weave all these together into a constantly engaging, constantly surprising, and constantly entertaining drama, is an achievement. Zemeckis comes a long, long way from his technology obsessed Who Framed Roger Rabbit, focusing more on content and emotional substance.

Noteworthy Mentions

Finding Nemo, an animation classic for all ages

Fanny and Alexander, Bergman’s masterpiece with Sven Nykvist’s beautiful cinematography

This entry was posted in Arts, cinema, music and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.
  • Mahendra:

    I feel the mission of my life might be fulfilled in part when my neighbours’ kids (3 and 5) come in and ask to see Fantasia yet again! I lost the 1940 DVD in one of my many moves. But the 2000 one is still fabulous.

    And you know which one is my favourite? Rhapsody in Blue! I am that little girl in some ways 😉

    (The kids also tell me that they have modified the Tin Soldier story for it is more brutal in the actual story. Whatever it is, Fantasia is what all kids must listen to when they are young. I am yet to find a better way to introduce them to classical music.)

    As to your question – who can visualise etc?, I sure hope we can meet and talk some time. We can then discuss how I see words in colour and images. :-/ Sometimes it is hilarious, sometimes very distracting.

    I liked Forrest Gump – still watch all reruns. But the best thing is the fantastic double disc CD. So much fabulous music in one place.

    Loving your meme response.

  • I do read your reviews, but usually I have nothing to say since I am not a movie guy… but yeah, I was wondering how long before you get exhausted reviewing!

  • Anand

    “A writer has only so many words in his vocabulary, and it is difficult to go on and on writing about genius!” – I used to have the same problem while writing personal evaluations at work 😉

    Haven’t seen Fanny and Alexander. Agree with other choices. Forest Gump – great soundtrack.

    I immensely enjoy pure entertainers with strange / twisted story lines. So although I wasn’t expecting it here, I would have added ‘Fight Club’ under Noteworthy Mentions.

  • Even though this movie is more regionalized, and Southern like Forest Gump, I would like to make a plug for “Fried Green Tomatoes.” You’ll love it. It was actually made out of a book, and the book is structured differently, but just as good. This is one of the few movies where I like the movie just as well as the book.

    When I was little Fantasia was my favorite movie, excepting Christmas-time (there was a whole set of things I’d watch for that). My ma had both the Fantasia’s and we’d watch them both equally, as far as I remember. Love your review for Fantasia.

  • Dottie

    Have not seen Fantasia. Must add it to my list now. Forrest Gump is my all time favorite. Zemeckis has made such a variety of films..its quite amazing. Roger Rabbit and back to the future(s), romancing the stone and polar express. and ofourse Death becomes her. A very wide reportoire.

  • Stupid is as stupid does. If I remember correctly movie had several constructed black n white video clips with past Presidents/PMs. Forest GUm is sweet certainly.

    Finding Nemo too I have mentioned in my list.

    And Fantasia..ahem hiding till I watch it and come back here. 🙂

  • You are taking this meme very seriously aren’t you! 🙂 Anyway I find it difficult to review films if a few days pass after I have seen them. No wonder you have run out of words! When a film is fresh all sorts of things come to mind. After a while it starts to fade.

  • I have seen Fantasia 1940 not the 2000 version, must try and get a copy of it. It was such a daring film – totally abstract and wonderful at that.
    i loved the pastoral symphony too – but my very favourite was the Night on Bald Mountain transitting to Ave Maria and the triumph of hope over fear !

  • Haven’t watched fantasia, but my favorite movie would probably not change ever: Finding Neverland. Jhonny Depp at his sublime best. Not sure if you’ve watched it?