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March 25, 2011

TCM: The classic festival to highlight Disney's legacy musicals


TCM Classic Film Festival to Spotlight Disney’s Musical Legacy Multi-Faceted Celebration Presented in Collaboration with D23, The Official Disney Fan Club.

The TCM Classic Film Festival will have more than 50 screenings throughout the April 28 to May 1 weekend. Vanity Fair Magazine will partner with the annual event that will feature special introductions, red carpet galas,

The oppening night of the star studded event will include an opening-night after-party that will follow the red-carpet gala screening of An American in Paris. TCM host and film historian Robert Osborne will serve as official host of the festival. “When it comes to the merging of music and motion pictures, no single studio has made as consistent and important contributions as Disney,” said Osborne.

The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, which was the site of the first Oscar's ceremony, will once serve as the official hotel for the festival, as well as home to Club TCM, a central gathering point for attendees.

Other locations for the events and screenings will be Hollywood's Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, Mann’s Chinese 6 and the Egyptian Theatre.

Notable festival highlights include screenings of:

•Fantasia (1940) – Recently restored edition
This groundbreaking animated anthology, one of Walt Disney’s most astonishing achievements, combines classical music with animated imagery, from the abstract (“Toccata and Fugue in D Minor”) to the hilarious (“Dance of the Hours”) to the awe-inspiring (“Night on Bald Mountain” / “Ave Maria”). A commercial failure when it was first released, the film has since become a cultural treasure, thanks not only to the innovative recording and animation techniques, but also to Mickey Mouse’s memorable appearance as “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.”

•A Special Tribute to Disney Live-Action Musicals
After establishing its artistic reputation through animated films, the Disney studio moved into the realm of live-action musicals. The TCM Classic Film Festival’s Disney celebration will include a special tribute to the Disney Live-Action Musicals.

Some of the notable stars slated to appear are Oscar winners Shirley Jones and Mickey Rooney, Debbie Ryenolds and Leslie Caron.

For festival passes and more info, visit: www.tcm.com/festival
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