Although I started drawing obsessively while is was still in junior high, it really wasn't until college that I took a formal art class, mostly because I didn't want to draw still life portraits of overturned chairs, and I especially didn't want to get my hands covered with charcoal. But in my pretentious obsession with abstraction and capital-A Art (by which I mean comic books and 'Star Wars' sketches), I diverted my attention briefly to sculpting, and decided that I would try to create out of clay a physical representation of music – as I saw it anyway. I don't remember the grade I ended up getting – I don't think it was great – but it was an idea that I thought was pretty original at the time. At least, I thought it was original until I remembered I got it from 'Fantasia.'
This week, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment released a four-disc Blu-ray containing copies of both 'Fantasia' and 'Fantasia 2000' in high and standard-definition, along with enough bonus content to fill that well in 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice'without needing any water. Notwithstanding the opportunity to examine the restoration performed on the original film, which it should be noted is stellar, it seemed like an appropriate time to revisit the film and see if its artistic ambitions were still as admirable, much less successful, as when they were first released in 1940.