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Fantasia: A masterpiece of magical musical mopping

Fantasia: A masterpiece of magical musical mopping

Fantasia: A masterpiece of magical musical mopping

It's one of the most magical moments of Disney storytelling and it's a childhood favourite for countless millions, with Fantasia a tale that offers caution to those who would seek the easy life, but who don't wish to work for their rewards.

Continuing our exploration of cleaning in popular culture, the scene from the Sorcerer's Apprentice in the 1940 animated classic Fantasia is a masterpiece that we simply had to include. 

Reinvention of a classical poem
Based on the 1797 poem by German poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Fantasia is a reinvention of his work 'the Sorcerer's Apprentice', itself a cautionary tale of meddling with forces that you are unable to control.

The story begins with the Sorcerer instructing his young apprentice to fill his cauldron with water as he departs his workshop. It is a laborious task, however, and soon leads to the apprentice becoming tired and bored.

Not wishing to persevere, the apprentice enchants a broom to carry the pails of water for him, but he soon realises the folly of his ways as, after the cauldron is filled, he is unable to disenchant the broom and it continues to bring pail after pail and empty them into his master's workshop.

When all seems lost and the place is awash and flooded, the Sorcerer returns and is able to break the spell. He chastises his apprentices and the poem ends with the words of caution that 'powerful magics' should only be harnessed by those with the necessary skill.

A masterful soundtrack brings cleaning to life
Blending the magic of Disney's skilled animation and flair for storytelling with a powerful score that many will associate with Disney's 1940 film, Fantasia helped to reinvigorate the Disney brand.

Utilising the orchestral score of 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice (L'apprenti sorcier)' by Paul Dukas and recorded by British composer Leopold Stokowski, it was a landmark moment in the history of the studio, with cinemagoers around the world thrilled by the stunning spectacle and rich musicality being played out before them.

Melding beautiful artistry, a compelling story and a driving score helped to make Fantasia one of the most memorable and moving animated features of its time. The spectacle of Mickey awash in a sea of his own making being a cautionary reminder of the dangers of overconfidence in one's own abilities.

Many hands don't always make for light work
In a fit of panic, Fantasia sees Mickey attempt to smash his enchanted broom to pieces to stop the endless flow of water. However, in doing so he creates countless more copies and his problems grow ever worse.

One of the most powerful lessons we can all take away from Fantasia is therefore the fact that we should never shirk our responsibilities in favour of taking the easy way out. What Mickey shows is how many hands can make for light work, but unless you have full control of the situation, you're going to end up in trouble.

Something that all our customers at Aurora can be clear on is that no matter how many hands we have to carry out the cleaning, we'll never cause a flood in any of our client's properties. Indeed, there'll be no magic used whatsoever; just good, old-fashioned elbow grease to keep your offices looking their best.

 

Posted by Julie Tucker

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