FANDOM


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.

Background

Personality

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 (like 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.

Physical Appearance

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

Appearances

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 simply 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 to the forest was done, he returned to his slumber.

Disney Parks

Disneyland Resort

The Firebird takes part in World of Color at Disney California Adventure, during the "Colors of Fear" sequence.

Trivia

  • 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/Ave Maria" 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.
  • In Once Upon a Time, the firebird is mentioned by Henry when he choose the name of Emma's new operation to rescue Captain Hook in Hades' world.

Gallery

Wiki
The Disney Wiki has a collection of images and media related to The Firebird.
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 Gift of DreamsMickey's Magical CelebrationMickey and the Magical MapVillains Tonight!
Restaurants: Fantasia Gelati
Parade: Festival of Fantasy ParadeJubilation!Parade of the StarsSpectroMagic
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 WhalesDukeRachelFlying 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