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The Firebird
Background information
Feature films Fantasia 2000
Short films
Television programs
Video games
Park attractions World of Color
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Animators John Pomeroy
Voice Hugo Weaving
Performance model
Designer Paul and Gaetan Brizzi
Inspiration The eruption of Mount St. Helens
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names
Personality Violent, destructive, merciless, demonic, monstrous, hateful, fiery, infernal, volcanic, chaotic, evil, scary, sinister, mysterious, ferocious, vicious, ruthless, vengeful
Appearance Gigantic and slender phoenix spirit formed from a volcano
Occupation Spirit of destruction, primal force, fire elemental
Alignment Bad; normally neutral
Goal To punish anyone who disturbs him
Home A volcano
Enemies The Spring Sprite
Likes Burning things, fire, lava, volcanoes, heat, meteors, chaos, total destruction, hate
Dislikes Anything that grows (flora), being disturbed life, creation, peace, serenity, water, love
Powers and abilities Fire, lava flows, flight, ageless, immortality
Weapons Fiery powers
Fate Found helpless Sprite atop one tree and wounded her, then continued his rest

The Firebird is the main antagonist of The Firebird Suite. He is a giant, phoenix-like lava spirit. He is accidentally woken up by the Spring Sprite with a small, tiny touch of her fingertips.


Physical Description

The Firebird appears to be a giant eagle with huge wings and whole is made entirely out of lava. He is animated by well-known animator John Pomeroy.


The Firebird has no alliances; he serves no one, he cannot distinguish friend from foe - he is a primal living force of destruction. He lives only to destroy and despises all that brings life and creation (The Spring Sprite). His only weakness is that he only destroys - he cannot create nor can he persist, as he returned to his slumber when there is nothing left for him to destroy.

This interpretation of the Firebird actually conflicts with the original version of Igor Stravinsky's ballet. In it, he was described as a benevolent, peaceful being who bore no traits of evil. However, Disney's version was violent, destructive, and merciless, showing no qualms of destroying a newly created forest.


Fantasia 2000

When the Firebird was accidentlly awoken from his hibernation state by the Spring Sprite, when she touched the stone on his volcano for curiosity. He unleashed a brutal and terrifying display of its destructive power on the Sprite's and Elk's forest. It is unknown why he attacked the former to begin with, but it can be assumed that he was enraged for being awakened, or that he just felt the urge to begin a chaotic rampage. He pursued the Sprite until she climbed on one big tree. The evil phoenix then gave her a final hit that turned her into a tiny, helpless creature. After the destruction was done, he returned to his slumber.

Disney Parks

World of Color

The Firebird takes part in the live night-time at Disney California Adventure during the "Colors of Fear" sequence.


  • If you look closely while the Firebird's awakening, you can see evil spirits, demons and lost souls swarming around.
  • He shares many similarities to Chernabog, the villain from Night on Bald Mountain in the original film. They both emerge from a mountain, they reek chaos, they can both manipulate fire, they are both forces of destruction, and good ultimately triumphed over both of them, although the Firebird is not necessarily evil like Chernabog. It is interesting to note that they both appeared in the last segment of the two movies. However Chernabog is a force of evil while the Firebird is a force of nature. Another difference between them is despite the fact that the Sprite restores life to the forest, the Firebird leaves on its own terms, whereas Chernabog is forced to cease his evil antics by a holy bell.
  • He is the only character from Igor Stravinsky's ballet to appear in the segment.
  • Yveltal, the Destruction Pokémon from Pokémon X and Y Versions, bears a strong resemblance to the Firebird. Coincidentally, enough, Xerneas from the same game resembles the Elk.


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Media: Fantasia | Fantasia 2000 | Video game | House of Mouse | Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance | Disney Infinity | Fantasia: Music Evolved | Night on Bald Mountain

Segments: Toccata and Fugue in D Minor | Nutcracker Suite | The Sorcerer's Apprentice | The Rite of Spring | The Pastoral Symphony | Dance of the Hours | Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria | Symphony No. 5 | Pines of Rome | Rhapsody in Blue | Piano Concerto No. 2 | The Carnival of the Animals | Pomp and Circumstance | The Firebird Suite

Shorts from the Unfinished Third Fantasia: Destino | The Little Matchgirl | One by One | Lorenzo

Deleted Concepts/Characters: Unused Fantasia Segments | Clair de Lune | Sunflower | Otika | Egret Couple | Naiads

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Interstitial Hosts: Steve Martin | Bette Midler | James Earl Jones | Penn & Teller | Angela Lansbury

Locations: Yen Sid's Tower | Bald Mountain | New York City | Prehistory

Disney Parks: Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf

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