Scary Disney: The Not So Beautiful Side of Fantasia
Fantasia. A beautiful masterpiece of music and animation. It could have been so much better if one of its segments wasn't so controversial and another wasn't so frightening.
The Pastoral Symphony features a fantasy world of mythological creatures gathering for a festival to honour Bacchus, the god of wine. As stunning as this piece was, two characters stirred up quite a lot of controversy.
Sunflower, a young centuarette, is seen polishing the hooves of another centuarette and placing flowers onto her tail. The scene was taken out of the film as it showed a racist stereotype. Film critic Robert Ebert said, 'While the original film should, of course, be preserved for historical purposes, there is no need for the general release version to perpetrate racist stereotypes in a film designed primarily for children'.
Otika, another centuarette who is very much alike Sunflower, is seen rolling down a carpet for Bacchus to walk to a wooden chair. This scene was also taken out due to the terrible stereotype. I do wonder what Walt was thinking wanting to put these kind of scenes in the film.
Night On Bald Mountain
Night on Bald Mountain is a very powerful and frightening segment. This one I wouldn't want to show young children. I've had nightmares myself of the Chernabog from the film. There isn't much more to say apart from how this will always stay in your mind for all the wrong reasons and I advise that you watch this with caution.