Lucas isn't the first magician to make waves in the Disney empire. There's a long list, but two of the most memorable are the sorcerer and his over-ambitious apprentice in Fantasia (1940), the company's third major animated feature. What better way to honor the merger of magic as practiced by Lucas and Disney
than through the film's depiction of The Sorcerer's Apprentice. And it's Halloween!
Over 700 artists created the animation for this classic, a must-see for film buffs. It took years for this forward-thinking film to make a profit, but its frequent editing and re-release over the years fulfilled Walt Disney's intention that Fantasia should always be a work in progress. Another fine aspect of the film is its wonderful soundtrack featuring the Philadelphia Orchestra performing under the baton of arranger and conductor, Leopold Stokowski.
N.B. Some fans say that Lucas's tinkering with the re-release of his Star Wars films has characterized him more as an apprentice rather than a master. We note that he wrote and directed a masterpiece, American Graffiti, when he was 29, and followed with his first Star Wars film three years later.
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