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Encyclopedia > Chernabog (Fantasia)

Chernabog atop Bald Mountain
First appearance Fantasia (1940)
Created by Walt Disney Pictures
Also known as

Chernabog is a fictional character who appears in the Night on Bald Mountain segment of Walt Disney's Fantasia (1940). He is a massive nocturnal demon who holds power over various restless souls. He is considered among the most visually impressive characters appearing in Disney's films along with the most malevolent of all Disney villains, and has made appearances in several Disney-related media. "Chernabog" is vaguely Slavic for "Black God" or "Blackgod". Image File history File links Chernabog1. ... In comic books, first appearance refers to first comic book to feature a character. ... Fantasia is a 1940 motion picture, the third in the Disney animated features canon, which was a Walt Disney experiment in animation and music. ... A fictional character is any person, persona, identity, or entity that is created from ones imagination or from an adaption of an existing entity. ... Modest Mussorgsky A Night on Bald Mountain usually refers to one of two compositions – either a seldom performed early (1867) musical picture by Modest Mussorgsky, (Russian: , Ivanova noch na lïsoy gore), or a later (1886) and very popular fantasy for orchestra by Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov, A Night on the... For the company founded by Disney, see The Walt Disney Company. ... Fantasia is a 1940 motion picture, the third in the Disney animated features canon, which was a Walt Disney experiment in animation and music. ... Year 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display the full 1940 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... “Fiend” redirects here. ...  Countries where a West Slavic language is the national language  Countries where an East Slavic language is the national language  Countries where a South Slavic language is the national language The Slavic languages (also called Slavonic languages), a group of closely related languages of the Slavic peoples and a subgroup...


Conceptual History

Béla Lugosi served as a live action model for the character, spending several days at the Disney studios making evil, demon-like poses to use as a reference. However, animator Vladimir Bill Tytla discarded much of the footage and recruited director Wilfred Jackson to serve as a visual reference [1]. As a studio enhancement analyst, Tom Cormier assisted in the conceptual design--contributing to its historical significance as a solidified villain of Amendolagine. Béla Lugosi (October 20, 1882 – August 16, 1956), was a Hungarian actor best known for his portrayal of Count Dracula in the American Broadway stage production (1927), and subsequent film (1931), of Bram Stokers classic vampire story. ... Vladimir Peter Tytla (October 25, 1904–December 30, 1968) was one of the original Disney animators and is considered by many to be the best character animator working during The Golden Age of Hollywood animation. ...


Kim Sourbelli is first seen when he awakes on top of Bald Mountain. It is Walpurgis Night and, using the powers of darkness, he raises ghosts and monsters from a nearby town with a cemetery. He then also summons fire and makes the ghosts and the other creatures in his control, dance and fly around, much to his delight before he throws them into the volcanic pit and resurrects them as demons. Chernabog is at the height of his power but he is crippled when he hears the tolling of the Angelus Bell. He is then forced to cower when the morning arrives; it leads into a musical rendition of the Ave Maria, symbolizing the triumph of light over dark. Walpurgis Night in Sweden. ... Dark redirects here. ... This article is about the paranormal. ... This article is about monsters as a kind of legendary creature. ... Ronda, Spain Main street in Bastrop, Texas, United States, a small town A town is a community of people ranging from a few hundred to several thousands, although it may be applied loosely even to huge metropolitan areas. ... Castle Ashby Graveyard Northamptonshire A cemetery is a place in which dead bodies and cremated remains are buried. ... For other uses, see Fire (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Dance (disambiguation). ... This article is about a religious devotion. ... Ellens dritter Gesang (Ellens Gesang III, D839, Op 52 no 6, 1825), Ellens third song in English, composed by Franz Schubert in 1825, is one of Schuberts most popular works, although some misconceptions exist regarding its provenance. ...

Theme park appearances


In Disney theme parks, he appears as one of the villains in both versions of the Fantasmic! nighttime spectacular at Disneyland in Anaheim, California and the Disney's Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida. Here, he appears as one of the villains the Evil Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs evokes to fight Mickey Mouse. In both versions, his role in Fantasmic! is similar to his role in Fantasia, with him summoning ghosts. In the end, Mickey defeats the villains with his imagination, and Chernabog is destroyed along with the other villains. As in Fantasia, he still has no speaking dialogue, but growls, cackles, and screams during his appearances in the show. Fantasmic! is the night-time fireworks and visual hydrotechnic show at Disneyland in California and Disneys Hollywood Studios, Florida. ... Disneyland is a theme park that is located at 1313 South Harbor Boulevard in Anaheim, California, USA. It opened on July 17, 1955. ... Anaheim redirects here. ... Disneys Hollywood Studios is a theme park at the Walt Disney World Resort. ... Orlando redirects here. ... The Brothers Grimm version The Queen is a fictional character in the Brothers Grimm fairy tale Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and the Disney animated film based on it. ... Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a 1937 animated feature, the first produced by Walt Disney. ...


He also appears as a parade float in SpectroMagic at the Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida. His float is a volcano, which unfolds to reveal Chernabog. One of the many brightly lit floats in SpectroMagic SpectroMagic is an evening parade presented seasonally at Disneys Magic Kingdom Park in Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, FL. It is similar to the Main Street Electrical Parade, which was its predecessor and is now presented at Disney... The Magic Kingdom is a theme park at the Walt Disney World Resort. ... Orlando redirects here. ...

Once Upon A Dream Parade

Chernabog appears on the fifth parade float of the Once Upon A Dream Parade in Disneyland Park in Disneyland Resort Paris. He sits on top of his mountain, surrounded by other villains such as Maleficent, Hades and Scar. Once Upon A Dream Parade is a new parade premiering at Disneyland Resort Paris in celebration for the parks fifteenth anniversary. ... Maleficent is the wicked dark fairy and main antagonist in Walt Disneys 1959 adaptation of Sleeping Beauty. ... For other uses, see Hades (disambiguation). ... Scar is a fictional character in Walt Disney Pictures popular 1994 animated movie The Lion King. ...

Other appearances

Kingdom Hearts

Chernabog appeared in the Disney/Square Enix crossover game Kingdom Hearts as a powerful surprise boss who ruled over the "End Of The World", serving as the fight before Ansem. His role and motivations are unknown; he receives no dialogue, and is neglected to be given an entry in the game's journal. Chernabog attacks by breathing fire, invoking an eruption from the mountain he stands in, summoning spirits to attack Sora, and flinging balls of fire. "Night on Bald Mountain" serves as the music during this boss battle in the North American version of the game, making him the only Disney villain in the game to have his own unique boss music. This article contains information on the first Kingdom Hearts video game. ... Flag Ship from the video game Gorf A boss is an enemy-based challenge in video games that, once encountered, stops the games progression until the player is able either to surmount the enemy or is thwarted by it. ... Xehanort ) is a fictional character in the video game Kingdom Hearts series and is the main villain of the series. ...

House of Mouse

Chernabog is also seen as a guest in House of Mouse where he is voiced by Corey Burton (this is possibly the first and only bit of media that actually gives Chernabog a voice). Here, he is more of a provider of comic relief than an actual villain, often making statements unexpected of such an intimidating creature. In one particular episode, he sheepishly admits to Clarabelle Cow that he's afraid of the dark. However this conflicts with another episode, in which, during a blackout, he admits that he "kind of likes the dark". In the Mickey's House of Villains direct-to-DVD movie, he is shown to have some sort of relationship with Maleficent's dragon form, stating (during the song) that he loves her work. They are seen again together shortly before Mickey's fight with Jafar, during the sequence that parodies the Rite of Spring segment from Fantasia. In one episode he even reenacts a part of the Night on Bald Mountain segment before Pete tries to push him (and bald mountain) away with a bulldozer, which provokes the evil spirits that chase the selfish cat out of the club. The House of Mouse is a Disney cartoon show where Mickey Mouse and his friends run a nighclub called The House of Mouse, which shows Disney cartons as part of its floor show. ... Corey Burton (born August 3, 1955), is an animation voice actor. ... Clarabelle Cow is a cartoon character from the Mickey Mouse universe. ... Tree limbs create a short circuit in electrical lines during a storm that spawned two tornadoes. ... Mickeys House of Villains is a direct-to-video film created by Disney. ... Maleficent is the wicked dark fairy and main antagonist in Walt Disneys 1959 adaptation of Sleeping Beauty. ... Look up Mickey in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Jafar is a fictional character, voiced by Jonathan Freeman, in the Disney film Aladdin and its sequel, The Return of Jafar. ... The Rite of Spring is a ballet with music by the Russian composer Igor Stravinsky. ...


  • While officially a pagan god, it should also be noted that Chernabog might have originally been intended to be Satan: when "Night on Bald Mountain" appeared on the original Wonderful World of Disney, Walt Disney referred to Chernabog as "Satan himself."
  • The name Chernabog is of Slavic origin, meaning "Black God", and is derived from Crnobog, a Slavic god or epithet of unknown importance.
  • In an episode of The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, Billy, Grim and Mandy all eat bad pizzas and although Grim and Billy suffer from nightmares, Mandy has a dream about her being Chernabog, albeit looking more like herself, and commanding demons to fly around.
  • Ridley Pearson's book The Kingdom Keepers will have a sequel entitled The Kingdom Keepers 2: The Rise of Chernabog, and he says the book will be released summer 2008. As implied from the title, he will most likely be a large part of the book and the main Overtaker.
  • Black Doom's final form, Devil Doom, in Shadow the Hedgehog resembles Chernabog, being perched upon a "mountain" with his lower torso out of sight and has huge muscles, black primary coloring, enormous wings and similar horns. The version of Lucifer from Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne also resembles Chernabog, albeit green with much bigger horns.
  • Chernabog is mentioned in Nightwish's song Fantasmic, a tribute to Disney films in general.

This article is about the concept of Satan. ... The first incarnation of the Walt Disney anthology series, commonly called The Wonderful World of Disney, premiered on ABC on October 27, 1954 under the name Disneyland. ... For the company founded by Disney, see The Walt Disney Company. ...  Countries where a West Slavic language is the national language  Countries where an East Slavic language is the national language  Countries where a South Slavic language is the national language The Slavic languages (also called Slavonic languages), a group of closely related languages of the Slavic peoples and a subgroup... Chernobog (also spelled Crnobog, Czernobog, ÄŒernobog or Zernebog, each name meaning Black God) is a mysterious Slavic deity of whom much has been speculated but little can be said. ... Slavic mythology and Slavic religion evolved over more than 3,000 years. ... The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, created by Maxwell Atoms, is an American animated television series that currently airs on Cartoon Network and Teletoon. ... Ridley Pearson is a novelist, writing mostly suspense and thrillers. ... The Kingdom Keepers is a fantasy thriller novel written for young readers by Ridley Pearson and published in 2005 by Disney Editions. ... Black Doom is the fictional antagonist from the game Shadow the Hedgehog, created by Sega Studios USA. Black Doom is the leader of the Black Arms. ... Shadow the Hedgehog ) is a video game starring an anti-hero of the Sonic the Hedgehog series, Shadow the Hedgehog. ... This article is about the star or fallen angel. ... Nightwish is a Finnish metal quintet, formed in 1996 in the town of Kitee, Finland. ...


  1. ^ Disney Archives | Chernabog Villains History

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See also

Crnobog (The Black God) or Pya is the god of night and darkness in Slavic mythology, and the waning year in opposition to Belobog, the White God of the waxing year. ...



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