Ep. 715: The Nutcracker, Fantasia and Walt Disney

Happy holidays! This week, Jeff and Kristen take a deep dive into the history of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, and we look at how Walt Disney used the music of Tchaikovsky in his most innovative animated features. We talk about how the music enouraged innovation in Fantasia, how the animators interpreted the music of the Nutcracker Suite for Fantasia, and how Walt taught the world about Tchaikovsky through his marketing for both Fantasia and Sleeping Beauty. We also explore the history of the Nutcracker Ballet, and speak with Adrina Hsieh, a company dancer with San Jose Ballet Theatre who recently danced in the Nutcracker as the “Snow Queen.” Plus – Jeff and Kristen talk about recent Disneyana purchases – and more.

Merry Christmas to you and yours, and a very happy new year!

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