Fantasia – Toccata and Fugué in D Minor

Animated by Oskar Fischinger.

In Disney’s mind, the success of Snow White and the Mickey Mouse cartoons had purchased for the studio the artistic and financial freedom to take their art to new heights — and to take the risk of venturing into abstraction. “The abstractions that were done in Toccata and Fugue,” he explained, “were no sudden idea. Rather, they were something that we had nursed along for several years but we never had a chance to try.”

German-American animator Oskar Fischinger, whose Optical Poem (1938) had been set to music by Liszt, was regarded as the world’s finest creator of abstract animation.

Categories: animation & cartoons

12 thoughts on “Fantasia – Toccata and Fugué in D Minor

    1. Oh man there are so many. If you look through my posts on my website under the label Animation Inspiration, you’ll find some I like. I really love Ralph Bakshi and Sylvain Chomet. Watership Down is also a great cartoon

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  1. I totally feel your point and would actually wish for that too! Well – it’s never too late to learn again, right? 😉 There are beautiful pieces beginning grade 7

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      1. Absolutely no problem – your blog is a pleasure! Yeah – playing the piano relieves all stress and just makes life seem so beautiful for a moment. Not only classics but other genres too.

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    1. I’m glad you liked it. I tried to learn piano but I just don’t have the patience for it. It’s a beautiful instrument. I love abstract and experimental animation, and feel that Disney should have ventured down the abstract road more than realism.

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