Did you know Disney makes a lot of short films that barely anyone ever gets to see?
There was going to be a film called Fantasia 2006. It died but not before FOUR shorts were made for it. Here they are:
The Little Matchgirl - “Nocturne from String Quartet No. 2 in D Major” by Alexander Borodin. It is based on an original story by Hans Christian Andersen entitled The Little Girl with the Matches. WARNING: This is really sad.
Destino - A collaboration between Walt Disney and Salvador Dali begun in 1945. The six-minute short follows the love story of Chronos and the ill-fated love he has for a mortal woman. The story continues as the woman dances through surreal scenery inspired by Dalí’s paintings.
One by One - Using the “freedom song” by Lebo M intended for (but not used) in The Lion King, the film shows a story of children from a South African town flying kites down a hill after one boy is inspired by a colourful feather floating from the sky.
Lorenzo - (I tried but I can’t find this full short anywhere! Can anyone help me out?) The story of a cat who is “dismayed to discover that his tail has developed a personality of its own.” Apparently Lorenzo is supposed to be a parody of Michael Eisner. That is awesome.
Those are the four Fantasia 2006 shorts. But wait, there’s more!
Glago’s Guest - (This is the longest clip of this short that I can find anywhere. Somebody help me out! I saw this one during the Animation Show of Shows and haven’t seen anything about it since.) The short tells the story of a strange meeting between a Russian soldier guarding a Siberian outpost and extraterrestrials.
Tick Tock Tale - (Another one I saw during the Animation Show of Shows and can’t find the full short online anywhere!) The story of a broken clock that saves its store from robbers. This short is phenomenal, I wish more people could see it.
The Cat That Looked at a King - Mary Poppins takes two children into a chalk drawing to show a tale about how a cat challenged an intellectually arrogant king. Julie Andrews is in this!
How to Hook Up Your Home Theater - This short is a complete nostalgia trip. In the style of Goofy’s “Everyman” cartoons of the 1950s, this short follows Goofy as he buys and then sets up his home theater system, to watch football.
The Ballad of Nessie - (This one isn’t online in its entirety either. It’ll be on the Winnie the Pooh DVD.) The short, narrated by Billy Connolly, is a Disney’s adaptation of the origin of the Loch Ness Monster, Nessie.
Paperman - (Not released yet! The link goes to a sneak preview. This will be released along with Wreck-it Ralph.) Using a minimalist black-and-white style, the short follows the story of a lonely young man in mid-century New York City, whose destiny takes an unexpected turn after a chance meeting with a beautiful woman on his morning commute.
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