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Fantasia (1940 film)

Fantasia is a 1940 American animated film produced by Walt Disney and released by Walt Disney Productions. With story direction by Joe Grant and Dick Huemer, production supervision by Ben Sharpsteen, it is the third Disney animated feature film; the film consists of eight animated segments set to pieces of classical music conducted by Leopold Stokowski, seven of which are performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra. Music critic and composer Deems Taylor acts as the film's Master of Ceremonies, providing a live-action introduction to each animated segment. Disney settled on the film's concept as work neared completion on The Sorcerer's Apprentice, an elaborate Silly Symphonies short designed as a comeback role for Mickey Mouse, who had declined in popularity; as production costs grew higher than what it could earn, Disney decided to include the short in a feature-length film with other segments set to classical pieces. The soundtrack was recorded using multiple audio channels and reproduced with Fantasound, a pioneering sound reproduction system that made Fantasia the first commercial film shown in stereophonic sound.

Fantasia was first released as a theatrical roadshow held in thirteen U. S. cities from November 13, 1940. While acclaimed by critics, it was unable to make a profit due to World War II cutting off distribution to the European market, the film's high production costs, the expense of leasing theatres and installing the Fantasound equipment for the roadshow presentations; the film was subsequently reissued multiple times with its original footage and audio being deleted, modified, or restored in each version. Fantasia is the 23rd highest-grossing film of all time in the U. S. when adjusted for inflation. The Fantasia franchise has grown to include video games, Disneyland attractions, a live concert. A sequel, Fantasia 2000, co-produced by Roy E. Disney, was released in 1999. Fantasia has grown in reputation over the years and is now acclaimed. Fantasia opens with live action scenes of members of an orchestra gathering against a blue background and tuning their instruments in half-light, half-shadow.

Master of ceremonies Deems Taylor introduces the program. Toccata and Fugue in D Minor by Johann Sebastian Bach. Live-action shots of the orchestra illuminated in blue and gold, backed by superimposed shadows, fade into abstract patterns. Animated lines and cloud formations reflect the sound and rhythms of the music; the Nutcracker Suite by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Selections from the ballet suite underscore scenes depicting the changing of the seasons from summer to autumn to winter. A variety of dances are presented with fairies, flowers and leaves, including "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy", "Chinese Dance", "Arabian Dance", "Russian Dance", "Dance of the Flutes" and "Waltz of the Flowers"; the Sorcerer's Apprentice by Paul Dukas. Based on Goethe's 1797 poem "Der Zauberlehrling". Mickey Mouse, the young apprentice of the sorcerer Yen Sid, attempts some of his master's magic tricks but does not know how to control them. Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky. A visual history of the Earth's beginnings is depicted to selected sections of the ballet score.

The sequence progresses from the planet's formation to the first living creatures, followed by the reign and extinction of the dinosaurs. Intermission/Meet the Soundtrack: The orchestra musicians depart and the Fantasia title card is revealed. After the intermission there is a brief jam session of jazz music led by a clarinettist as the orchestra members return. A humorously stylized demonstration of how sound is rendered on film is shown. An animated sound track "character" a straight white line, changes into different shapes and colors based on the sounds played; the Pastoral Symphony by Ludwig van Beethoven. A mythical Greco-Roman world of colorful centaurs and "centaurettes", cupids and other figures from classical mythology is portrayed to Beethoven's music. A gathering for a festival to honor Bacchus, the god of wine, is interrupted by Zeus, who creates a storm and directs Vulcan to forge lightning bolts for him to throw at the attendees. Dance of the Hours by Amilcare Ponchielli. A comic ballet in four sections: Madame Upanova and her ostriches.

The finale finds all of the characters dancing together until their palace collapses. Night on Bald Mountain by Modest Mussorgsky and Ave Maria by Franz Schubert. At midnight the devil Chernabog awakes and summons evil spirits and restless souls from their graves to Bald Mountain; the spirits dance and fly through the air until driven back by the sound of an Angelus bell as night fades into dawn. A chorus is heard singing Ave Maria as a line of robed monks is depicted walking with lighted torches through a forest and into the ruins of a cathedral. In 1936, Walt Disney felt that the Disney studio's star character Mickey Mouse needed a boost in popularity, he decided to feature the mouse in The Sorcerer's Apprentice, a deluxe cartoon short based on the poem written by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and set to the orchestral piece by Paul Dukas inspired by the original tale. The concept of matching animation to classical music was used as early as 1928 in Disney's cartoon series, the Silly Symphonies, but he wanted to go beyond the usual slapstick, produce shorts where "sheer fantasy unfolds... action controlled by a musical pattern has great charm in the realm of unreality."

Upon receiving the rights to use the music by the end o

Elaina Satana

Elaina Satana is a Las Vegas-based burlesque performer and pin-up model. She's the founder of The Sin City Grind Kittens, specializes in eating both fire and glass on stage. She's known for performing to and alongside rock-n-roll and punk, self-designed ornate costumes, her tattoos, her hourglass bombshell figure. Elaina adopted the surname Satana as a tribute to one of her biggest inspirations; the practice of adopting the surname of a mentor or hero is common in such fields as professional wrestling, where it is not uncommon for several generations to keep one wrestling identity alive for decades, or for a wrestler to metaphorically be the offspring or a namesake of another established wrestler. Elaina began The Sin City Grind Kittens in 2003, they have been featured in the film, "Camp Burlesque", directed by Antonio Marsico, the book "The Underground Guide to Las Vegas", edited by Jarret Keene, have been featured on the cover of "X Factor Magazine". She has performed alongside such bands as The Supersuckers, Demented Are Go!, Mad Sin, The Rocketz, The Henchmen, The Silver State Slackers, Three Bad Jacks, Martini Kings, The Formaldebrides, Big Rig, The Every Others and others.

She's performed such events as The Fetish and Fantasy Ball and the Modern Drunkard Convention, The Sin City Stomp, the Coney Island Rockabilly Festival. Elaina is the sister of noted tattoo artist Andrew Cannon of California. Media related to Elaina Satana at Wikimedia Commons

1907 in Afghanistan

The following lists events that happened during 1907 in Afghanistan. Monarch – Habibullah Khan On his visit to British India as guest of the viceroy, the amir reaches Landi Kotal and, on January 28, after witnessing a grand review of some 30,000 troops at Agra, with which he is said to have been much impressed. From Calcutta he proceeds to Bombay, where he arrives on February 12, he leaves by sea on February 25 for Karachi, landing on the 27th, leaves Peshawar on his return home on March 7. The arrangement that no political questions should be discussed was adhered to, he appears to have been most genuinely pleased with his reception, but on his return to Afghanistan the more fanatical of his subjects express great dissatisfaction at his eating with Europeans. Nothing however comes of this, if any outward signs of it are shown they are speedily suppressed. An Anglo-Russian convention is signed, which relates to Afghanistan as follows: The British government disclaims any intention of changing the political position in Afghanistan, undertakes neither to take measures in Afghanistan, nor to encourage Afghanistan to take measures, threatening Russia.

The Russian government recognizes Afghanistan as outside the Russian sphere of influence, agrees to act in all political relations with Afghanistan through the British government, it undertakes to send no agents to Afghanistan. Britain adheres to the provisions of the treaty of Kabul of March 21, 1905, undertakes not to annex or to occupy, contrary to the said treaty, any part of Afghanistan, or to intervene in the internal administration; the reservation is made that the amir shall fulfil the engagements contracted by him in the aforementioned treaty. Russian and Afghan officials appointed for that purpose on the frontier, or in the frontier provinces, may enter into direct relations in order to settle local questions of a non-political character. Russia and Britain declare that they recognize the principle of equality of treatment for commerce, agree that all facilities acquired or in the future for British and Anglo-Indian commerce and merchants shall be applied to Russian commerce and merchants.

These arrangements are not to come into force until Britain has notified to Russia the amir's assent to them. The general effect is to maintain the status quo.