The Fantasia legacy: origins, innovations and cultural aspirations

Anderson, Victoria (2007) The Fantasia legacy: origins, innovations and cultural aspirations. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Fantasia (Sharpsteen, 1940) is considered by many as Walt Disney's "most ambitious undertaking and in all respects his most controversial endeavour" (Maltin, 2000, p.39). This study investigates the different aspects of Fantasia's (Sharpsteen, 1940) conception, production, evolution and reception. It explores the reasons behind Fantasia's (Sharpsteen, 1940) production, and suggests reasons for its failures and successes. The first chapter of this study addresses the reasons behind Fantasia's (Sharpsteen, 1940) production, and explores the economic and artistic reasoning behind it. This chapter draws conclusions from this analysis determines whether Fantasia (Sharpsteen, 1940) was purely a product of the process of differentiation, or whether other factors were involved. This study examines the different technical innovations which were involved with the production of Fantasia (Sharpsteen, 1940) and Fantasia 2000 (Butoy, 1999) as well as new technologies which were developed throughout. Links are drawn between the two productions technical achievements and comparisons are made. Artistic and cultural aspirations of Fantasia (Sharpsteen, 1940) and Fantasia 2000 (Butoy, 1999) are discussed. The cultural climate is discussed in regards to intent and reception, and conclusions concerning Fantasia's (Sharpsteen, 1940) initial critical and box office failures are drawn. This study draws upon a range of different disciplines such as animation studies, cultural studies, historical studies as well as audience studies, marketing and economic elements. It is felt that in doing so this study provides a wide ranging assessment of the issues outlined. The intent and origins of a film are influenced by many elements at the time of its conception, and through considering the cultural, historical, artistic and economic elements, a full assessment will be able to take place. Using an analysis of the marketing of Fantasia (Sharpsteen, 1940), combined with a cultural assessment, this provides a clear assessment of the reasons behind Fantasia's (Sharpsteen, 1940) initial negative critical and audience reception.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:47
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:13
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/301

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