Monday, June 27, 2011

Fantasia 2000 - Rhapsody in Blue

George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue -- an episode of 1930s-era New York City, depicting the day in the lives of several people within the Depression-era bustling metropolis, as scenes drawn in the style of Al Hirschfeld's famous cartoons of the era, including an animated cameo of Gershwin the composer himself at the piano (all through the use of "a simple line on a piece of paper").

The little girl in the hotel is based on the Eloise character created by Kay Thompson and the red-haired man is based on John Culhane, the author for the "making of" books for both Fantasia and Fantasia 2000.

Written and directed by Eric Goldberg
Music composer: George Gershwin
Based upon Brookside Hill
Art direction by Susan McKinsey Goldberg
Design consultant: Al Hirschfeld
Introduction by Quincy Jones
Performed by Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Featured pianist: Ralph Grierson
Conducted by: Bruce Broughton

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