Tag Archives: Ben Sharpsteen

My 12 Favorite Films

Compiling a list of what you believe are the greatest films ever made is a daunting task. Every critic and movie buff has a more or less available list hidden somewhere in their minds (or plainly written down, carefully cultivated). I have resisted to do the latter for many years, even though my list really … Continue reading My 12 Favorite Films

Fantasia: Respected, Not Loved

HEAR THE PICTURES! SEE THE MUSIC!   Walt Disney became so enthusiastic about this project that he allegedly planned to have Fantasia rereleased each year with new music segments. His exaggerated belief in the movie is a sign of the folly surrounding it. Fantasia may be regarded today as one of the studio’s greatest technical achievements, but it was … Continue reading Fantasia: Respected, Not Loved

Dumbo: Saving Disney’s Bacon

THE ONE… THE ONLY… THE FABULOUS… In 1941, Disney was in financial trouble. Their two latest films, Pinocchio and Fantasia, may now be considered the pinnacle of the studio’s achievements, but they did not make a lot of money. Some thought Fantasia in particular was too artsy for the crowds. Disney needed to go back to what made the studio … Continue reading Dumbo: Saving Disney’s Bacon