Allegro Non Troppo

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Allegro Non Troppo

Theatrical release poster
Directed byBruno Bozzetto
Produced byBruno Bozzetto
Written byBruno Bozzetto
Guido Manuli
StarringMaurizio Micheli
Maurizio Nichetti
Néstor Garay
Maurialuisa Giovannini
Release date(s)
  • 12 March 1976 (1976-03-12) (Italy)
  • 27 October 1976 (1976-10-27) (US)
Running time85 minutes
CountryItaly
LanguageItalian
 
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Allegro Non Troppo

Theatrical release poster
Directed byBruno Bozzetto
Produced byBruno Bozzetto
Written byBruno Bozzetto
Guido Manuli
StarringMaurizio Micheli
Maurizio Nichetti
Néstor Garay
Maurialuisa Giovannini
Release date(s)
  • 12 March 1976 (1976-03-12) (Italy)
  • 27 October 1976 (1976-10-27) (US)
Running time85 minutes
CountryItaly
LanguageItalian

Allegro Non Troppo is a 1976 Italian animated film directed by Bruno Bozzetto. Featuring six pieces of classical music, the film is a parody of Disney's Fantasia, two of its episodes being arguably derived from the earlier film.[1] The classical pieces are set to color animation, ranging from comedy to deep tragedy. At the beginning, in between the animation, and at the end are black and white live-action sequences, displaying the fictional animator, orchestra, conductor and filmmaker, with many humorous scenes about the fictional production of the film.[1] Some of these sections mix animation and live action.

The film has been released in two versions, the first includes live action sequences in between the classical pieces. The second version of the film omits these, replacing them with animated plasticine letters spelling out the title of the next piece of music.

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Title

In music, an instruction of "allegro ma non troppo" means to play "fast, but not overly so". In the context of this film, and without the "ma", it means Not So Fast!, an interjection meaning "slow down" or "think before you act". The common meaning of "allegro" in Italian is "joyful". The title reveals therefore a catch with the dual meaning of "allegro", and can also be read as "joyful, but not so much" or "not overly joyful".

Program

Live action sequences

The uncut film also contains comic live action sequences that parody the Deems Taylor introductions from Fantasia. "The Presenter" (Maurizio Micheli) introduces "The Orchestra Master" (Néstor Garay), an orchestra made up of little old ladies, and "The Animator" (Maurizio Nichetti).[1] A pretty young cleaning woman (Marialuisa Giovannini) also appears in each segment, although she's barely acknowledged by any of the characters except the Animator (who seems to take an increasing fancy to her as the movie progresses). Each sequence portrays action (like the tossing of a Coca Cola bottle) that leads directly into the next animated portion of the film.

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Chris Hicks (1991-03-12). "Allegro Non Troppo". Deseret News. Retrieved 2011-12-05. 

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