The event is being billed as “a tuneful and colorful celebration” of the 75 cartoons produced at the Walt Disney Studios 1929 and 1939 that eventually lead to the making of Fantasia (1940).
The CSUN Symphony orchestra — conducted by John Roscigno — will be playing live as six of the classic shorts are screened at the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts (The Soraya) on Sunday, March 10 at 3 pm.
The program includes Three Little Pigs, (with possibly the most popular song ever from a short “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?”), Flowers and Trees (1932), which introduced three-strip Technicolor to a wide audience and won the first Academy Award for animated short, and The Old Mill (1937) which introduced the multiplane Camera, adding great visual depth to Disney features from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) to The Little Mermaid (1989).
With the Silly Symphonies, Walt Disney laid all of the groundwork that culminated in his first full-length film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, using color, character, songs, and storytelling that became the basis of animated film up to today. Even the sources of music – from classical to pop to folk songs – is reflected in current musical mash-ups. And it has been said that Fantasia is the ultimate Silly Symphony.
See it for Yourself
Disney in Concert, a Silly Symphony Celebration takes place at Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts (The Soraya) on Sunday, March 10, 2019 at 3 pm.