This Oscar-winning Disney classic is composed of eight animated segments (each set to the music of a different composer), including "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," in which Walt Disney himself provides the voice of Mickey.
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Full Screen 1.33:1Subtitles
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; audio commentaries; additional featurette.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this very early animated film (1940) contains numerous sequences in which the combination of ominous, dark music and violent, scary visuals could be frightening to very young or very sensitive kids. While there are enchanting dancing flowers, hippos, unicorns, and striking visuals that show the relationship of sight and sound, there are at least as many very threatening images intensified by the shadowy dark music. Out-of-control broomsticks launch a massive flood; ferocious dinosaurs with teeth bared and giant clamping jaws fight a death battle; lightning and thunder introduce death and despair in the guise of skeletons, graves, bats, evil armies, and ghosts. There are several scenes which depict the romance of many mythological beings (centaurs, cherubim) and in which many of the characters are modestly unclothed. Some additional selections, including one which follows the evolution of the species over millions of years from an amoeba to the end of the giant dinosaur era, are very long, slow and may not fully engage today's kids. The film is most valuable as an historical experience.
- Sexual Content
- Naked and partially naked nymphs, centaurs, and cherubim engage in courtship and romance. With the exception of one brief shot of nipples, there is no breast or genital definition to the animated characters.
- In "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," Mickey Mouse is a young wizard who cannot control the frenzied brooms that his magic has set in motion. The result is an intense storm, a giant whirlpool, and waves of water completely overpowering the scene.In "Rites of Spring" there are erupting volcanoes, massive earthquakes, fires and explosions and a final fight to the death between two ferocious dinosaurs. In "Dance of the Hours" and "Night on Bald Mountain" the forces of evil are portrayed by ghosts, skeletons, vultures, bats, and alligators.
- Not applicable
- Social Behavior
- Music, color, movement, and feeling are closely connected. Music is a powerful means of expression.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- To the strains of Beethoven's "Pastoral," animated gods, humans, and animals drink wine, eat grapes. The god Bacchus becomes quite drunk.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it