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The Pastoral Symphony

from Fantasia, music by Ludwig van Beethoven - 6th symphony in F, Op.68 The symphony that Beethoven called "The Pastoral" is said, is one of the few pieces of music he ever wrote that tells something like a definite story. He was a great nature lover, and in this symphony he paints a musical picture of a day in the country. The country that Beethoven described was the countryside with which he was familiar.



 
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But his music covers a much wider field than that. And so Walt Disney has given the Pastoral Symphony movie a mythological setting.
The Pastoral Symphony movie utilized delicate color styling to depict a mythical ancient Greek world of centaurs, pegasi, the gods of Mount Olympus, fauns, cupids, and other legendary creatures and characters of classical mythology. It tells the story of the mythological creatures gathering for a festival to honor Bacchus, the god of wine riding his horned donkey, Jacchus, which is interrupted by Zeus, who decides to have a little fun by throwing lightning bolts at the attendees.
Directed by Hamilton Luske, Jim Handley, and Ford Beebe
Story development: Otto Englander, Webb Smith, Erdman Penner, Joseph Sabo, Bill Peet, and George Stallings
Character designs: James Bodrero, John P. Miller, Lorna S. Soderstrom
Art direction: Hugh Hennesy, Kenneth Anderson, J. Gordon Legg, Herbert Ryman, Yale Gracey, and Lance Nolley
Background painting: Claude Coats, Ray Huffine, W. Richard Anthony, Arthur Riley, Gerald Nevius, and Roy Forkum
Animation supervision: Fred Moore, Ward Kimball, Eric Larson, Art Babbitt, Oliver M. Johnston, Jr., and Don Towsley
Animation: Berny Wolf, Jack Campbell, Jack Bradbury, James Moore, Milt Neil, Bill Justice, John Elliotte, Walt Kelly, Don Lusk, Lynn Karp, Murray McClellan, Robert W. Youngquist, and Harry Hamsel
 
Legendary creatures and characters of classical mythology
Legendary creatures and characters of classical mythology
  A mythical ancient Greek world of centaurs
A mythical ancient Greek world of centaurs
  Walt Disney has given the Pastoral Symphony movie a mythological setting
Walt Disney has given the Pastoral Symphony movie a mythological setting