Fantasia Dance of the Hours educational online

music by Amilcare Ponchielli "La Gioconda: Dance of the Hours"; section from Fantasia (1940) movie.


The dancers of the morning are represented by Madame Upanova and her ostriches.
The dancers of the daytime are represented by Hyacinth Hippo and her servants. (For this section the piece is expanded by a modified and reorchestrated repetition of the "morning" music.)
The dancers of the evening are represented by Elephanchine and her bubble-blowing elephant troupe.
The dancers of the night are represented by Ben Ali Gator and his troop of alligators.
The finale sees the chaotic chase that ensues between all of the characters seen in the segment until they eventually decide to dance together.
The segment ends with the palace collapsing in on itself.

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Directed by T. Hee and Norm Ferguson.

Character designs: Martin Provensen, James Bodrero, Duke Russell, Earl Hurd.

Art direction: Kendall O'Connor, Harold Doughty, and Ernest Nordli.

Background painting: Albert Dempster and Charles Conner.

Animation supervision: Norm Ferguson.

Animation: John Lounsbery, Howard Swift, Preston Blair, Hugh Fraser, Harvey Toombs, Norman Tate, Hicks Lokey, Art Elliott, Grant Simmons, Ray Patterson, and Franklin Grundeen.

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Amilcare Ponchielli best-known opera is La Gioconda (1876), which his librettist Arrigo Boito adapted from the same play by Victor Hugo. The opera contains the famous ballet Dance of the Hours as the third act finale. It was first produced in 1876 and revised several times. The version that has become popular today was first given in 1880.

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