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Allegro non troppo

IMDB Image:4hvof5.png 7.4/10 (606 votes)
Directed by Bruno Bozzetto
Produced by Bruno Bozzetto
Written by Bruno Bozzetto, Guido Manuli
Starring Maurizio Micheli
Maurizio Nichetti
Néstor Garay
Maurialuisa Giovannini
Music by Non-original: Jean Sibelius, Claude Debussy, Antonín Dvořák, Maurice Ravel, Igor Stravinsky, Antonio Vivaldi
Release date(s) July 27, 1977 (USA)
Running time 85 min.
Language Italian
IMDb profile

Allegro non troppo is a Bruno Bozzetto animated film released in 1977. The film is a parody of Disney's Fantasia, though possibly more of a challenge to Fantasia than parody status would imply. In music, an instruction of "allegro ma non troppo" means to play "fast, but not overly so". In the context of this film, and without the "ma", it means Not So Fast!, an interjection meaning "slow down" or "think before you act" and refers to the film's pessimistic view of Western progress (as opposed to the optimism of Disney's original). Image File history File links Allegro_non_Troppo_LOW.jpeg‎ This came from www. ... The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information about actors, films, television shows, television stars, video games and production crew personnel. ... Image File history File links 4hvof5. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Bruno Bozzeto. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Bruno Bozzeto. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Bruno Bozzeto. ... Sibelius redirects to this article. ... Achille-Claude Debussy (IPA ) (August 22, 1862 – March 25, 1918) was a French composer. ... Antonín Dvořák Antonín Leopold Dvořák ( ; September 8, 1841 – May 1, 1904) was a Czech composer of Romantic music, who employed the idioms and melodies of the folk-music of his native Bohemia in symphonic and chamber music. ... Joseph-Maurice Ravel (March 7, 1875 – December 28, 1937) was a French 20th century composer and pianist, known especially for the subtlety, richness and poignancy of his music. ... Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky (Russian: Игорь Фёдорович Стравинский, Igor Fëdorovič Stravinskij) (June 17, 1882 – April 6, 1971) was a Russian composer best known for three compositions from his earlier, Russian period: LOiseau de feu (The Firebird) (1910), Petrushka (1911), and Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring) (1913). ... Antonio Lucio Vivaldi (March 4, 1678, Venice–July 28 (or 27), 1741, Vienna), nicknamed Il Prete Rosso (The Red Priest), was a Venetian priest and baroque music composer, as well as a famous violinist. ... July 27 is the 208th day (209th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 157 days remaining. ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Bruno Bozzeto. ... Animation is the rapid display of a sequence of 2-D artwork or model positions in order to create an illusion of movement. ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... Alternate meanings: Disney (disambiguation) The Walt Disney Company (also known as Disney Enterprises, Inc. ... Fantasia is a 1940 motion picture, the third in the Disney animated features canon, which was a Walt Disney experiment in animation and music. ... Fantasia is a 1940 motion picture, the third in the Disney animated features canon, which was a Walt Disney experiment in animation and music. ...


The film features six classical pieces:

Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune by Claude Debussy
Slavonic Dance No. 7 by Antonín Dvořák
Boléro by Maurice Ravel
Valse Triste by Jean Sibelius
Concerto in C Major by Antonio Vivaldi
Firebird by Igor Stravinsky

The classical pieces are set to color animation, ranging from comedy to deep tragedy. At the beginning, in between the animation, and at the end is black and white live action film, displaying the (well, not the actual) animator, orchestra, conductor, and filmmaker, with many humorous scenes about the (again, not actual) production of the film. The Prélude à laprès-midi dun faune (or Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun) is a musical composition for orchestra by Claude Debussy that was first performed in 1894. ... Achille-Claude Debussy (IPA ) (August 22, 1862 – March 25, 1918) was a French composer. ... Antonín Dvořák Antonín Leopold Dvořák ( ; September 8, 1841 – May 1, 1904) was a Czech composer of Romantic music, who employed the idioms and melodies of the folk-music of his native Bohemia in symphonic and chamber music. ... The Boléro is Maurice Ravels (1875-1937) most famous musical composition. ... Joseph-Maurice Ravel (March 7, 1875 – December 28, 1937) was a French 20th century composer and pianist, known especially for the subtlety, richness and poignancy of his music. ... Kuolema (Death) is a 1903 drama by Arvid Järnefelt. ... Sibelius redirects to this article. ... Antonio Lucio Vivaldi (March 4, 1678, Venice–July 28 (or 27), 1741, Vienna), nicknamed Il Prete Rosso (The Red Priest), was a Venetian priest and baroque music composer, as well as a famous violinist. ... The Firebird (French: LOiseau de feu; Russian: Жар-птица, Žar-ptica) is a 1910 ballet by Igor Stravinsky. ... Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky (Russian: Игорь Фёдорович Стравинский, Igor Fëdorovič Stravinskij) (June 17, 1882 – April 6, 1971) was a Russian composer best known for three compositions from his earlier, Russian period: LOiseau de feu (The Firebird) (1910), Petrushka (1911), and Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring) (1913). ...

Contents

Program

  • Debussy's Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune, animated as an idealistic Pagan forest like Beethoven's Pastorale in Fantasia but with the twist of portraying a senior, unattractive member of the community of young, coupled satyrs and nymphs. The old and unattractive satyr repeatedly attempts to cosmetically solve his loneliness, but all in vain. At the end, the satyr gets smaller and smaller until he is simply roaming across a vast countryside which turns out to be a woman's body.
  • Dvořák's Slavonic Dance No. 7, set to a large community of cave-dwellers. One specific cave-man leaves the cave and builds a straw hut. As the song repeats every phrase with greater vigor than it was first played, the rest of the cave-men all build straw huts. The original cave-man sees this and leaves to build a tall, modern building. Again, all of the community build their own modern skyscrapers. The original man is obviously attempting to get away from the rest, and plots ways to kill all the other men. He then leaves the building to do a number of silly things, and sees the rest copy him again. A literally military efficiency is built up, and he marches off of the end of a cliff, catching on to a branch, to try and make them all fall over. None come over the cliff edge, so he comes back up to see everyone else moon him to the final accented beats of the song.
  • Ravel's Boléro, as seen on the movie poster image, is a story of evolution set to the sixteen minute long march, the animated segment sometimes compared to Stravinsky's Rite of Spring in Fantasia. The segment begins with a fairly 1970s notion, a space ship landing and throwing a nearly empty Coca-Cola(or Chinotto) bottle out on to the dead landscape of the planet they have found. To Boléro's growing drum-beat, the remaining liquid in the bottle begins to work its way out of the bottle. Eventually it does, and begins to change shape into a variety of fantastic creatures, colorfully mirroring Earth's own evolution. The creatures continue to march to an unseen objective, constantly in the same direction, sometimes in conflict with each other along the way, but all going absolutely straight forward except for the monkey in the film, which tends to kill other creatures. The monkey is seen learning to adapt with fur, boats, clubs, and eventually fire, all obtained at the expense of the other creatures. The creatures, now looking much like dinosaurs, pass by the Egyptian Pyramids, an already-fought 20th century battlefield, and a looming crucifix, all forcing the creatures to gaze in wonder for a moment before continuing on. Finally, as the song reaches its amazingly loud climax, the creatures are all destroyed by skyscrapers coming up from the ground suddenly, followed by a looming human above them all. The human's face crumbles though it were made of stone to reveal the monkey inside, having conquered all the other creatures.
The animation segment for "Valse Triste"
The animation segment for "Valse Triste"
  • Sibelius' Valse Triste (collectively called "Feline Fantasies"), by far the saddest of all the animation, is about a cat in the ruins of a large house, after either a bombing or a fire, that begins to hallucinate what used to be inside the house. The poor cat wanders about in an extremely lonely and dark environment, only to suddently get a glint in its eye as the music cues up enthusiastically, seeing the entire house and all its furnishings and people reappear and do their everyday tasks again. The stark contrast in the piece between the silent moping and the bright, happy, swooping, phrases is animated through the gray coloring followed by the pictured, almost surreal amount of color when the cat hallucinates. Unfortunately, all of the hallucinations crash back down into even deeper misery, the cat finding itself in a postapocalyptic scene again. The third time the cat finds itself in reality, the cat itself disappears just as the hallucinations did, and a wrecking ball clears the remaining ruins of the house.
  • Antonio Vivaldi's Concerto in C Major, a happy little animation short provides contrast to Valse Triste. The short is about a bee attempting to eat a small meal on a flower, but is interrupted by lovers sitting down in the grass near the bee. The shadow caused by this annoys the bee, but then they lay down on top of her flower, the bee barely escaping with its silverware. The bee then goes to another spot, gets the table nearly set again, then the lovers start rolling down towards her, then stop, the bee's fate uncertain. A slight pause, and then the male of the lovers leaps up in pain from the bee stinging him.
  • Igor Stravinsky's Firebird (specifically The Princesses’ Khorovod and The Infernal Dance of King Katscheï) begins with a lump of clay molded by a monotheistic symbol of the omniscient pyramid, molding first a few unsuccessful creatures with overly awkward limbs, then finally the Adam and Eve as portrayed in Genesis. Adam and Eve then turn in to animation, and as in Genesis, the serpent comes up to them, offering the fruits of knowledge in the form of an apple. When they both refuse, now deviating from the Bible, the serpent eats the apple himself, launching him on into a sinful, hellish environment where he is exposed to advertisements and pornography. The demons also try to shoot him, inject him with a needle, and succeed in putting him in a suit, making the serpent obviously modern, perhaps a comment on the nature of the modern world. The serpent is then taken back to Adam and Eve, who are somewhat taken aback by the serpent's new distressed nature as the serpent squirms around and babbles of his misery, eventually ripping off the suit and spitting out the apple, laying it down in front of Adam and Eve and walking away. Bozzetto's social and religious commentary stands as enduring as time itself.

Achille-Claude Debussy (IPA ) (August 22, 1862 – March 25, 1918) was a French composer. ... The Prélude à laprès-midi dun faune (or Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun) is a musical composition for orchestra by Claude Debussy that was first performed in 1894. ... 1820 portrait by Joseph Karl Stieler Beethoven redirects here. ... Ludwig van Beethovens Symphony No. ... Fantasia is a 1940 motion picture, the third in the Disney animated features canon, which was a Walt Disney experiment in animation and music. ... Antonín Dvořák Antonín Leopold Dvořák ( ; September 8, 1841 – May 1, 1904) was a Czech composer of Romantic music, who employed the idioms and melodies of the folk-music of his native Bohemia in symphonic and chamber music. ... Mooning, or giving the browneye is the act of displaying ones bare buttocks by removing clothing, e. ... Joseph-Maurice Ravel (March 7, 1875 – December 28, 1937) was a French 20th century composer and pianist, known especially for the subtlety, richness and poignancy of his music. ... The Boléro is Maurice Ravels (1875-1937) most famous musical composition. ... Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky (Russian: Игорь Фёдорович Стравинский, Igor Fëdorovič Stravinskij) (June 17, 1882 – April 6, 1971) was a Russian composer best known for three compositions from his earlier, Russian period: LOiseau de feu (The Firebird) (1910), Petrushka (1911), and Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring) (1913). ... The Rite of Spring is a ballet with music by the Russian composer Igor Stravinsky. ... Fantasia is a 1940 motion picture, the third in the Disney animated features canon, which was a Walt Disney experiment in animation and music. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ... The Boléro is Maurice Ravels (1875-1937) most famous musical composition. ... Image File history File links ValseTristeCat. ... Image File history File links ValseTristeCat. ... Sibelius redirects to this article. ... Antonio Lucio Vivaldi (March 4, 1678, Venice–July 28 (or 27), 1741, Vienna), nicknamed Il Prete Rosso (The Red Priest), was a Venetian priest and baroque music composer, as well as a famous violinist. ... Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky (Russian: Игорь Фёдорович Стравинский, Igor Fëdorovič Stravinskij) (June 17, 1882 – April 6, 1971) was a Russian composer best known for three compositions from his earlier, Russian period: LOiseau de feu (The Firebird) (1910), Petrushka (1911), and Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring) (1913). ... The Firebird (French: LOiseau de feu; Russian: Жар-птица, Žar-ptica) is a 1910 ballet by Igor Stravinsky. ... Michelangelos Creation of Adam, from the Sistine Chapel. ... Genesis (Hebrew: , Greek: Γένεσις, having the meanings of birth, creation, cause, beginning, source and origin) is the first book of the Torah, the first book of the Tanakh and also the first book of the Christian Old Testament. ...

Trivia

There are two versions of this film. In the original, the narrative linking device of the Disney Fantasia is also parodied: in between 'numbers' a Fellini-esque orchestra of elderly women squabbles with a mad conductor about the music they are about to play. These sequences are in black and white. Some of these sections mix animation and live action: for example, after the final number, the (animated) serpent (in colour) escapes into the orchestra pit, scaring the (live, black and white) musicians.


The second version of the film omits these sections, replacing them with animated plasticine letters spelling out the title of the next piece of music.


In one of these black and white scenes, Bozetto's most famous creation, Mr. Rossi is burned to death when his animation cel catches fire. Mr Rossi was created by Italian animator Bruno Bozzetto. ... A cel, short for celluloid, is a transparent sheet on which objects are drawn or painted for traditional, hand-drawn animation. ...


The film 'quotes' Fantasia extensively

  • The clutching hands of the devil, with monsters writhing on his palms, from Fantasia's Night on Bald Mountain section is quoted during Allegro Non Troppo's Firebird sequence: the obese yellow demon holds the serpent on his palm, and repeatedly closes his fist: with each 'unclunch', the serpent has acquired another trapping of western urbanity (a suit, a hat, an umbrella).
  • The lovingly-observed waterfalls seen in Fantasia's Pastoral Symphony section are recreated during Bozetto's Bolero section.
  • The Firebird Suite section parodies the 'Night on Bald Mountain' segement from Fantasia.

Disney's own Fantasia 2000 appears to acknowledge Bozetto's parody by including animation set to the Firebird suite (but using The Princesses’ Khorovod instead of The Infernal Dance of King Katscheï). Photo taken during the 1999 eclipse. ... Look up Fantasia in Wiktionary, the free dictionary Fantasia may refer to one of several things. ... Fantasia 2000 is the thirty-eighth animated feature in the Disney animated features canon. ...


Valse Triste was paid homage to by Garfield creator Jim Davis in a set of dark comic strips known collectively as the "Garfield Halloween Strips". Garfield is a comic strip created by Jim Davis, featuring the cat Garfield, the pet dog Odie, and their socially inept owner Jon Arbuckle. ... Jim Davis with Odie the Dog on the left and Garfield the Cat on the right James Robert Davis (born July 28, 1945), is an American cartoonist who created the popular comic strip Garfield in 1978; Garfield is now one of the most popular cartoon characters in the world. ... Garfield is a comic strip created by Jim Davis, featuring the cat Garfield, the pet dog Odie, and their socially inept owner Jon Arbuckle. ...


See also

This is a list of animated feature-length films from around the world organised chronologically by year; theatrical releases as well as made-for-TV and direct-to-video movies. ... This is a list of package films. ...

External links

  • Bruno Bozzetto's Webpage
  • Phil Hall editorial on the film for Wired
  • Allegro non troppo at the Internet Movie Database

  Results from FactBites:
 
CLASSICAL MUSIC ARCHIVES: Schubert (1991 words)
[MIDI] 1.Allegro ma non troppo [7:10]; 2.Andante [4:32]; 3.Scherzo [4:59]; 4.Allegro giusto [4:53].
[MIDI] 1.Allegro ma non troppo [14:05 · 64k]; 2.Andante [7:51]; 3.Menuetto: Allegretto [6:06]; 4.Allegro moderato [7:02 · 39k].
Allegro vivace [2:53 · 60k]; 4.Allegro [11:21 · 283k].
Allegro non troppo (336 words)
Allegro non troppo is an unabashed reimagination (somewhere between a parody and a remake) of Fantasia, with a decidedly grown-up spin.
Featuring the work of six giants of classical music, Bruno Bozzetto and Maurizio Nichetti craft this series of animated oddities, all with the backdrop of a filmmaker (shot in fl and white), whose big original idea is to make a film of animated shorts set to classical music.
Allegro non troppo is a real mess, drawn with all the subtlety of a shovel and hopelessly dated by its 1970s style.
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