My thoughts on the Gothic influences in Disney’s Night on Bald Mountain, published on Spectral Visions. What do you guys think?
As part of our Contemporary Media and the Gothic series, Stephanie Gallon looks at the Gothic influences of a Disney short. Stephanie is an MA English student. Her interest in the Gothic is werewolf literature, feminism and monster theory. See more of her posts on the Student Profiles.
Night on Bald Mountain is the final segment of the 1940 Disney Classic Fantasia. It is something infinitely darker than what Disney has become synonymous with. There is no saccharine characters or cloying moral message. Instead, the ten minute short shows a devil figure raising the dead. The scene is infamous for its frightening concept and imagery, set to Modest Mussorgsky’s symphony of the same name, and is often cited as one of Disney’s more terrifying and adult pieces.
The scene is set at midnight when the devil atop the mountain awakens and summons the dead from the quaint, sleeping village at…
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