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Warped at childhood (in a good way)
You know that Fantasia was a major childhood influence when you listen to Dance of the Hours, and realize that you just plain *can't* hear it without envisioning the cartoon -- the connection is hardwired.  I am still in awe at how perfectly the imagery worked with the music...

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I'm the wrong age to have forged that connection. Fantasia wasn't making the rerelease rounds when I was young and it was well before home video, so I didn't see it until I was in college. But I have trouble hearing Dance of the Hours without hearing the Allan Sherman lyrics in my head - Hello Muddah Hello Fadduh stole its melody from Ponchielli.

True, that connection is there as well, for that part of the music. But it was only a fraction of the overall score, so most of it draws me strongly to the animation...

In those days it was harder for any movie to have the same impact because it was rare to have the opportunity for repeat viewing. There were a few exceptions, like the ones that were shown annually on television like The Wizard of Oz. That may be one reason that the holiday specials like A Charlie Brown Christmas and Mr Magoo's Christmas Carol were such a big deal. TV shows that hit syndicated reruns and old cartoons like Bugs Bunny and Popeye were another matter; those were shown repeatedly though not on a predictable schedule, so you never knew whether you would get a favorite episode or a turkey.

What stuck far more thoroughly was music. That you could hear over and over, both because radio stations would sometimes put a song into heavy rotation and because of those things called records. (Cassettes came later and CDs were still a gleam in the eye of some technovisionary.)

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