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cover shot Not Exactly the Same Movie You Remember from 1977
Allegro non Troppo

Bruno Bozzetto

If you are one of those people who buys into the mostly-USAian delusion that all animation should be fluffy bunnies and Care Bears and suitable for even the youngest children, this is not a DVD for you.

If you're interested in this movie due to fondly remembering it from its 1977 US theatrical release, be warned that - as "Leon" is a different film from its original edited/softened US release as "The Professional" - this is a different, more European film.

Ten minutes have been restored, and they're mostly or all in the live-action framing sequences - bits that were cut for the original US release because they were too earthy or potentially "offensive" for any of a number of reasons. The animated sequences, are just as brilliant as you probably remember. The film is presented here in its original Italian, with subtitles available.

The image is clean and the sound clear.

Responding to a few things in earlier reviews:

First: The "director" in the framing sequence doesn't say they're going to *call* the film "Fantasia" - he says it will *be* "a fantasia", which, according to the dictionary is:
1. {Music} a. a composition in fanciful or irregular form or style.
b. a potpourri of well-known airs arranged with interludes and florid embellishments.

2. {Literature} an imaginative or fanciful work, esp. one dealing with supernatural or unnatural events or characters: "The stories of Poe are fantasias of horror."

3. something considered to be unreal, weird, exotic, or grotesque.
Every part of that definition pretty well covers some part of trhis film...

Second: "Allegro non Troppo" (short for "Allegro ma non troppo allegro") is a musical direction that literally translates as "fast/sprightly but not too fast".

I'd say that this film - mostly for the "Afternoon of a faun" sequence and some of the framing sequence - is about PG-13 level. You might want to pre-screen it before letting pre-teens watch it. (Personally, i wouldn't have any problem with that, but your mileage may vary.)

I will say that anyone who can remain dry-eyed after the "Sad Waltz" (Sibelius' "Valse Triste") sequence had probably better go back to "Shrek" or "Die Hard IV" or similar films. (From the opening and the last shot in this sequence, it appears to me, BTW, as if the old house in that sequence is being knocked down in order to build more soulless concrete boxes, rather than being a bombed-out relic of war...)

The extra material on the DVD includes ten of Bozzetto's short films (and, if you consider [live action] full-frontal female nudity offensive, you might want to skip some of them), and an Italian TV dcumentary, "The Worlds of Bruno Bozetto".

Bozzetto describes one of his long-time collaborators as an "Italian Tex Avery", and the description is apt - both in the anarchic spirit of the work, and in the way that it is willing to go further than much USAian animation.

A brilliant film for animation/music fans who aren't irrevocably hung up on the idea that all animation should be clean, pretty and inoffensive.