Good things don't last long.
And "Fantasia," one of those good things from Walt Disney, will be at the Scera Theater in Orem only six weeks, until mid-November.The Scera is known for having movies that run for months, said April Wetzel, director of the Scera Foundation. "This is a very limited run for Disney films."
Wetzel said the theater has attracted good-size crowds to the 50th anniversary re-release of the movie, which features animation with a background of eight classical music pieces.
For the release, Disney renovated the film.
"People who have seen the film before notice a difference," Wetzel said. Disney sent out portions of the film with a split screen so critics could see the old and new versions at the same time.
Wetzel said people think it is an "absolute incredible difference. The colors are brighter and the music is clearer."
The movie was born because Disney wanted to do something more after completing a short called "Silly Symphonies," and "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" seemed an appropriate choice.
After completing the animation, Disney realized that he would never recover his costs if he left it as a short movie. Other works were chosen and "Fantasia" was born.
Disney himself said, "Perhaps Bach and Beethoven are strange bedfellows for Mickey Mouse, but it's been a lot of fun."
Leopold Stokowski, a conductor who helped inspire Disney to create "Fantasia," said, "The beauty and inspiration of music must not be restricted to a privileged few but made available to every man, woman and child.
"That is why great music associated with motion pictures is so important, because motion pictures reach millions all over our country and all over the world," wrote Stowkowski.
"Fantasia" will play Monday through Saturday at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. with a Saturday matinee at 2:30 p.m.