Posted by: Attic Pictures
Cast: Prospero – Dalben (The Black Cauldron), Miranda – Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), Ferdinand – John Smith (Pocahontas), Ariel – Spring Sprite (Fantasia 2000), Caliban – Quasimodo (The Hunchback of Notre Dame), Alonso – King Stefan (Sleeping Beauty), Antonio – Frollo (The Hunchback of Notre Dame), Gonzalo – King Hubert (Sleeping Beauty), Trinculo – Wiggins (Pocahontas), Sebastian – Ben (Pocahontas), Stephano – Lon (Pocahontas)
Credits: Editor: [Micah Lee]; music from ‘Fantastic Garden’ (Coraline) – Bruno Coulais, ‘Ship At Sea’ (Pocahontas) – Alan Menken, ‘Flow Like Water’ (The Last Airbender) – James Newton Howard, ‘To the Stars’ (Dragonheart) – Randy Edelman
This ingenious mashup does what the best of the genre should do, which is to achieve a dream. In this case the dream is a Walter Disney feature film of The Tempest, which clips from Disney films being appropriated to create a trailer for the film that will never be. to be honest, some might worry what Disney would do with The Tempest to make it palatable for the masses (Trinculo and Stephano as comically accident-prone animals would seem to be inevitable), but it couldn’t be too far away from this. The editor has taken clips from The Black Cauldron, Pocahontas, Sleeping Beauty, The Hunchback of Notre Dame (for Caliban, of course), and Fantasia 2000, the ‘Firebird Suite’ sequence, for the most interesting borrowing, that of the Sprite as Ariel. There are also some sound clips lifted from Julie Taymor’s feature film The Tempest as Shakespeare’s words are neatly dubbed onto Disney’s images.
The video is the work of American actor Micah Lee who specialises in re-edits of Disney films, pushing at the boundaries of what one can do with such valued product under US Fair Use laws. The result clearly took a huge amount of effort, bred of a great affection for Disney’s work as well as great knowledge of the films. The sequences flow together smoothly and logically, supported by film music scores applied with equal artfulness. It tells us something of the fairy tale roots of Shakespeare’s play, but also how Disney has squeezed the European storytelling tradition into the one unyielding mould. Somewhere in Disney Studios someone may be looking at this video, half-thinking to call the lawyer, but also half-thinking that here might the next good idea for them. If Hamlet could give us The Lion King …