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"Rhapsody in Blue" is a 1924 musical composition by American composer George Gershwin for solo piano and jazz band, which combines elements of classical music with jazz-influenced effects.

It was featured as a segment in Fantasia 2000, and is played in the lobby of the Hotel New York.

Summary

Set during the Great Depression, it tells the story of several people in a daily life during a rough period. It starts with the following:

  • Construction Worker Duke heading off to work, while having dreams of being a jazz musician.
  • A jobless man named Joe is having coffee at a diner, feeling depressed at having no job and having a lack of money and is treated badly due to being out of money, not even having enough to spend on food.
  • A little girl named Rachel has to go various classes throughout the day while her parents work in the struggling economy, having to be with her nasty nanny throughout the day doing things she has no interest in or is bad at (such as ballet, which leads to her crashing into a closet, swimming, where she is covered from head to toe with various swim aids, singing badly to the point a dog faints, splashing her art teacher with blue paint, tying up someone with a gymnastic rope, just blocking a tennis ball with the racket, and almost falling off her piano-playing chair).
  • A man named Flying John is out and about with his wife Margaret, getting stuff for her dog while he just wants to have fun.

Each of them goes through a rather dry day until something miraculous happens to each of them that changes everything. Each of the characters each have a different goal they each want to go to at some point, which is shown while each of them watch a group of people skating on the ice: Duke wishes to become a drummer in a jazz band, Rachel wishes to spend more time with her parents, Joe wishes to have a job, and John wishes to be out and about, having fun.

  • Duke decides that he has had enough of the job that he hates and goes off to join a jazz band, but has trouble getting to the studio, which results in him getting a kid's scooter to make it in time.
  • In quitting, Duke gives up his jackhammer which lands on Joe's arm, and Duke's boss hires him on the spot, believing he's a part of the night shift, giving Joe a job that he can have to himself.
  • Rachel, while resisting her nanny's instance to go to the next class, ends up knocking her rubber ball off a window sill and into the street, which results in it getting the attention of her parents and seeing her head right for oncoming traffic. In their panic, her parents save her just in time to make sure she doesn't end up getting hit.
  • While Joe is starting his new job, he accidently snags Margaret on a hook meant for some bolts, freeing John and he goes to Duke's grand debut in his jazz band, taking part with the dancers.

So in the end, they each get what they always wanted.

Credits

Artistic Supervisors

Animators: Tim Allen, James Baker, Jared Beckstrand, Nancy Beiman, Jerry Yu Ching, Andreas Deja, Robert Espanto Domingo, Brian Ferguson, Doug Frankel, Tom Gately, David Hancock, Jin Kim, Bert Klein, Joe Oh, Jamie Oliff, Mark Pudleiner, Michael Show, Marc Smith, Chad Stewart, Michael Stocker, Andreas Wessel-Therhorn, Theresa Wiseman, Anthony Ho Wong, Ellen Woodbury, Phil Young

Layout

Backgrounds

Visual Effects

Production

v - e - d
Fantasia logo
Media
FantasiaFantasia 2000Video gameHouse of MouseKingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop DistanceDisney InfinityFantasia: Music EvolvedThe Sorcerer's ApprenticeNight on Bald MountainOnce Upon a TimeVideo
Disney Parks
Cinderella Castle Mystery TourDisney Animation BuildingFantasia CarouselFantasia Gardens Miniature GolfFantasy GardensPrimeval WorldLe Pays des Contes de FéesMickey's PhilharMagicSorcerers of the Magic KingdomThe Sorcerer's HatVoyage to the Crystal Grotto

Entertainment: Disney Classics: The Music & The MagicFantasmic!Le Livre Magique de MickeyMickey's Magical CelebrationMickey and the Magical MapVillains Tonight!
Restaurants: Fantasia Gelati
Parade: Festival of Fantasy ParadeJubilation!Parade of the Stars
Firework: WishesWorld of Color
Halloween: Celebrate the MagicHappy HallowishesMickey and his Magic Halloween Night

Characters
Mickey MouseDonald DuckDaisy DuckYen SidChernabogChernabog's minionsMagic BroomsTyrannosaurus RexStegosaurusTriceratopsPteranodonGryposaurusCorythosaurusApatosaurusDiplodocusOrnithomimusBrachiosaurusCeratosaurusPsittacosaurusKannemeyeriaEdmontosaurusDimorphodonParasaurolophusDimetrodonPlacochelysTylosaurusPlateosaurusAnkylosaurusCompsognathusArchaeopteryxTroodonOviraptorBacchusJacchusCentaursCentaurettesMelindaBrudusIrisMorpheusDianaZeusApolloVulcanMadame Upanova and her ostrichesHyacinth Hippo and her hipposElephanchine and her elephantsBen Ali Gator and his alligatorsColorful TrianglesBlack TrianglesHumpback WhalesFishDukeRachelFlying JohnKilljoy MargaretJoeElizabethTin SoldierBallerinaJack-in-the-BoxYo Yo FlamingoSnooty FlamingosNoahSpring SpriteThe ElkFirebirdBoreasMother PegasusFather PegasusPegasi SiblingsYoung PegasusCherubsCentaursSatyrsUnicornsSugar Plum FairiesNutcracker Suite dancersSeagullsDancing Thistles
Segments
Toccata and Fugue in D MinorNutcracker SuiteThe Sorcerer's ApprenticeThe Rite of SpringThe Pastoral SymphonyDance of the HoursNight on Bald Mountain/Ave MariaSymphony No. 5Pines of RomeRhapsody in BluePiano Concerto No. 2The Carnival of the AnimalsPomp and CircumstanceThe Firebird Suite
Locations
Yen Sid's TowerBald MountainNew York CityPrehistory
Deleted and unused concepts
Unused Fantasia SegmentsClair de LuneSunflowerOtikaEgret CoupleNaiadsDestinoThe Little MatchgirlOne by OneLorenzo
See Also
Sorcerer Hat

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