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Walt Disney Studios

Walt Disney Studios
A black folder titled in red Future Fantasias, Sequels and or Replacements, Bob Carr, containing 191p. mimeograph typescript, opening page on Walt Disney Productions, Inter-Office Communication headed stationairy to Mr WALT, From Mr. Bob Carr dated October 23, 1940 the memo opens Please don't let the index tabs discourage you. This is not another ponderous research report. Instead, it is a menagerie of live production ideas -- very many of them your own ideas -- which i have carefully written down as fast as you told them to me, and often developed them along the lines you wanted...Between these two covers, the essential musical information from the whole studio's files has been condensed, and clarified for quck easy arm you with a useful Field manual for your trip East... Here you will find all sorts and species of possible answers to the question: "After Fantasia -- What?", signed in green coloured pencil Bob; two indicies Index By Composers and Index By Titles featuring selected musical compositions, serveys, research, development and production notes for future projects; Deems Taylor dialoge scripts with recording dates; a nine page typscript of minutes of a Story Meeting, Future Concert Feature dated Tuesday, May 14, 1940 Walt Disney, Leopold Stokowski, Bob Carr and Joe Grant listed attendies
SMITH, Dave The Official Encyclopedia; Disney A To Z, New York; Hyperion
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This highly organised compilation of the numerous ideas, projects and future possibilites to extend from the 1940 Walt Disney film Fantasia, was amassed by Bob Carr, the Director of Educational Research for Walt Disney Studios, at the time and given to Disney on the 23 October 1940 a few days before the premier in New York on 13 November 1940.
Fantasia did not take as much money from the box-office on its original release as first expected. Partly due to the expense of the Fantasisa sound system, an early stereo system, which had to be specifically installed in theatres, meaning it was only shown in 14 cinemas. In addition the release occured during the Second World War, which impacted on the European market. Unfortunately many of the future Fantasia ideas did not come to fruition, although some were transposed into sequences for other features, including Peter And The Wolf in Make Mine Music, 1946, Fight Of The Bumblebee in Melody Time 1948 and also for the two sequences in the 2000 sequel for Fantasia Rhapsody in Blue and The Firebird.
This key collection of material is also clearly seen in a photograph of Walt Disney in his office, image on request.

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